One person was killed, and others injured on Saturday November 16th, in protests across different Iranian cities following a surprise decision to increase the price of petrol in a country already suffering from United States sanctions.
The protester was killed in the central city of Sirjan where people tried to set fire to a fuel depot but were stopped by police, the Revolutionary Guards and Basij militia, the semi-official ISNA news agency reported, according to AFP.
The demonstrations broke out on Friday, a few hours after the government announced that the price of petrol would be increased by 50% for the first 60 litres and 300% for anything above that during the month.
Sirjan's acting governor Mohammad Mahmoudabadi, was cited in the report as saying "Unfortunately someone was killed," adding that the cause of the death and whether "the individual was shot or not" were still unclear, according to The National.ae.
"Security forces did not have permission to shoot and were only allowed to fire warning shots... which they did,” Mahmoudabadi said.
It was a "calm gathering" that was exploited by some who "destroyed public property, damaged fuel stations and also wanted to access the oil company's main fuel depots and set fire to them," according to the governor.