Iran: Gas price rise sparks deadly protests – 14 killed, Internet shut down as riots intensify

Iran Gas price rise sparks deadly protests - 14 killed, Internet shut down as riots intensify

Protests against rising gas prices in Iran widened to dozens of cities, with reports of at least 14 protesters killed by security forces.

Iran is now in the midst of a near-total national internet shutdown. Real-time network data show connectivity has fallen to just 7% of ordinary levels following twelve hours of progressive network disconnections.

Iranian activists reported the protests are taking place in 53 Iranian cities.

Reports said demonstrators chanted anti-government slogans around the country, a day after the government increased the price of regular gasoline to 15,000 rials a liter from 10,000 rials and rationed it.

Videos posted on social media from inside Iran showed protesters setting fire to buildings and clashing with riot police. In other videos, protesters blocked roads and set fires in the streets in Tehran and some other cities. Some chanted slogans against Ayatollahs.

“People are very angry here in Shiraz. I heard gunshots. Hundreds of people are in the streets. They burned a police car this morning,” a witness, who asked not to be named, told Reuters by phone.