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How Iran's hard-liners tried to ride wave of protests

Iran's hard-liners say they had nothing to do with the fuel price hike that has prompted Iranian protests.
People protest against increased gas price, on a highway in Tehran, Iran November 16, 2019. Nazanin Tabatabaee/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RC2CCD9U8A39

Feeling the heat, Iranian hard-liners are distancing themselves from the government's fuel price hike.

The government announced Nov. 15 an important decision affecting daily life in Iran: the rationing of gasoline and a subsequent increase in gas prices. Iranians have bitter memories of fuel price hikes. They consider it tantamount to a deterioration in their quality of life. Increases in gas prices have always led to increases in the costs of food and other necessities.

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