Protesters clashed with police and security forces in cities and towns across Iran after the price rise announcement [EPA]

Iran‘s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has backed a decision to ration and increase the price of petrol by at least 50 percent, a move that has sparked protests across the country.

On Sunday, Khamenei also blamed opponents of the Islamic Republic and foreign enemies for “sabotage”, state television reported.

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He described those setting fire to public property during the protests as “bandits” backed by the enemies of Iran, without elaborating.

“Some people are no doubt worried by this decision … but sabotage and arson is done by hooligans not our people. The counter-revolution and Iran’s enemies have always supported sabotage and breaches

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