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Police In Tehran Streets As Subsidies Cut

Source: RFE/RL

A report from the Iranian capital says there is heightened security in Tehran's streets as the Iranian government's cuts to economic subsidies come into force. AP quoted witnesses as saying clusters of riot police could be seen at every major square in the city.

Headline of a Tehran daily announcing the cuts

There has been no official explanation, but their presence follows an announcement from President Mahmud Ahmadinejad that cuts of energy and food subsidies will start from today.

In 2007, angry protesters set dozens of gas stations on fire after fuel rationing was implemented.

People at an ATM machine in Tehran today

Under the new system, each car will receive 60 liters of fuel per month at a subsidized price of 40 cents per liter, a fourfold price increase.

Further gasoline purchased will cost 70 cents a liter, compared to 40 cents before.

compiled from agency reports

Copyright (c) 2010 RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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