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Iranians Reportedly Protest Against High Food Prices


By Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL

A video has emerged that allegedly shows a recent protest against high food prices in the city of Neishabour in northeastern Iran. In the video people are heard chanting “Death to [High Prices]”.

Iranians wait to buy chicken outside a shop in Tehran in July

RFE/RL has not been able to independently confirm the authenticity of the video, which has been making the rounds on social media.

The opposition “Sahamnews” website, which has posted the video, reports that a group of citizens in Neishabour protested against the rising price of food staples and chanted antigovernment slogans

The website quotes a witness in the city as confirming that a protest took place.

WATCH: An apparent protest in northern Iran against high food prices

Another opposition website, “Jaras,” has also reported on the alleged protest quoting a report on the website of Neishabour’s Friday Prayers Headquarters.

“The protest gathering took place in front of a poultry store," the website says. "With the increase in the number of protesters, the police and antiriot guards were not able to interfere.”

There have been reports of increasing discontent in Iran over the prices of food and victuals, such as chicken, which have increased significantly amid international sanctions over Iran's controversial nuclear program and high rates of inflation.

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