Iran: 80 arrested after fuel rationing riots

July 4, 2007 21:00


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Authorities have arrested some 80 suspects on the charge of damaging gas stations and looting shops during last week's protests against fuel rationing, state-run television reported Wednesday. Authorities could indict the suspects, mostly detained since last Wednesday, after watching films by video surveillance and security cameras in the looted shops and damaged gas stations, state TV said. The report was the first confirmation that people were arrested for protesting the new fuel rationing measures. Announced last Wednesday, the government's rationing drove angry Iranians to smash shop windows and set fire to more than a dozen gas stations in the capital, Tehran, and several other cities.

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