During a conference over the weekend in Tehran, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei called for “the destruction of the State of Israel,” and before the day was over violent protests had broken out across the country following a government decision to raise gas prices in the oil-rich country.
The protests in Iran involve thousands in more than 65 cities who are violently confronting the authorities. On the second day, the demonstrations became even more aggressive and the protestors burned banks, police cars, and government ministries. Authorities rushed to suppress the riots and shut down the nation’s Internet access in order to prevent the protesters from effectively organizing and sending reports of what’s happening to the rest of the world.
It is unclear why the Iranian authorities have decided to raise the price of fuel when there is a concern that their security forces are being overrun by riots in Lebanon and Iraq, and when Iran’s economic situation is already suffering under 35%...
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