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Leader backs 50% hike in Iran fuel costs

- Crime · Middle East News · Politics · Elections · Iran · Ali Khamenei

Iran’s supreme leader has backed the gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion to raise petrol prices by 50% and called protesters who have been set­ting fire to public prop­erty over the hike “thugs”.

Ay­a­tol­lah Ali Khamenei’s com­ments came as au­thor­i­ties ap­par­ently shut down the in­ter­net across Iran to smother the protests in around two dozen ci­ties and towns.

Some protests turned vi­o­lent, and there was gun­fire.

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