Daily India Times
img 14
World

Iran unrest, nearly 700 bank burnt says interior minister

Approximately 731 banks and 140 government sites were torched in the recent unrest, Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli said in remarks published by the official IRNA news agency,

More than 50 bases used by security forces were attacked and 70 gas stations were also burned,

The disturbances began on Nov. 15 after the announcement of garoline price hikes, but quickly turned political, with demanding top leaders step down.

In response, the government has blamed “thugs” linked to exiles and the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia for stirring up the street unrest.

According to IRNA, Rahmani Fazli also said up to 200,000 people took part nationwide in the unrest.

London-based Amnesty International said on Monday it had recorded at least 143 protesters killed in the protests.

Iran has rejected Amnesty’s death toll. It says several people, including members of the security forces, were killed and more than 1,000 people arrested. The Center for Human Rights in Iran, a New York-based advocacy group, said the number of arrests was probably closer to 4,000.

The government said the gasoline price rises of as much as 50% aim to raise around $2.55 billion a year for extra subsidies to 18 million families struggling on low incomes. The monthly cash payments are set at just 550,000 rials ($4.44) per person.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the protests amounted to a plot that Iranians had defeated, referring to the worst anti-government unrest in Iran since authorities put down demonstrations against election fraud in 2009.

By:Reuters
13 views

*To leave a comment please

Login

Leave A Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Most Popular

Watch Now

View All Videos

Newsletter

Subscribe for our daily news