A view of shuttered stores in Tehran Bazaar - July 2010
"The Judiciary will deal with those who are indifferent to the
country's economic situation and are seeking to disturb the public order by
hoarding goods and closing markets," Dolatabadi said in Tehran on Wednesday.
Some gold and steel dealers around the country recently went on strike to protest the enforcement of the value-added tax (VAT). They say the law is ambiguous and they have not been properly informed about the effects of the implementation of the VAT on their businesses.
National Police Chief Ismail Ahmadi Moqaddam said on Friday that the opposition plans to foment economic unrest after the beginning of the implementation of the subsidy reform plan.
"Following the implementation of the economic reforms, seditionists may seek to close the markets and stage strikes, but the police forces will defend the government and will firmly deal with those who seek to complement the enemies' economic pressure," Ahmadi Moqaddam added.
The Iranian government plans to eliminate the subsidies on fuel, energy, and certain goods over the course of five years. The implementation of the subsidy reform plan is scheduled to begin in the second half of the Iranian calendar month of Mehr (September 23 to October 22).
Elsewhere in his remarks, Dolatabadi again emphasized that the major figures involved in the unrest following the June 2009 presidential election will be prosecuted.
"People are free to criticize the Islamic system, but there will certainly be a response to confrontation with the system," he added.
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