At least forty people have been arrested in the central Iranian city of Yazd following clashes with police in protest against a petrol price increase, the semi-official ISNA news agency reported on Sunday November 17th.
ISNA quoted the province's public prosecutor Mohammad Hadadzadeh as describing those detained as "disrupters" accused of carrying out acts of vandalism and most of them were not locals, AFP has reported.
"Following the change in petrol prices some people voiced their opposition with calm gatherings, but then some who were mostly non-native and non-Yazdi carried out acts of vandalism with ill-intent in some parts of Yazd city," Hadadzadeh said.
Protests erupted across Iran on Friday, hours after it was announced that the price of petrol would be increased by 50% for the first 60 litres and 300% for anything above that each month.
On Sunday, motorists blocked roads in major cities, created traffic jams and people attacked and set fire to public property.
Protests began a day after the government increased the price of regular petrol to IRR15,000 ($0.13) per litre from IRR10,000 and rationed it, according to Reuters.