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.


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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