November 20, 2019
As protests in Iran continue into their fifth day, opposition broadcaster Radio Farda put the death toll at at least 90, several activists have put the number as high as 200, while the government has yet to announce an official figure. The lack of clarity over the death toll is just another illustration of the difficulty of reporting on Iran, where many news organisations are banned or highly censored.
ISNA had previously reported that police arrested 40 people during protests in Yazd on Sunday.
Iran imposed petrol rationing and raised pump prices by at least 50 percent on Friday, claiming the move was aimed at helping citizens in need with cash handouts. The move sparked anti-government across the country.
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei on Sunday backed the government’s decision, blaming the nationwide protests that followed the decision on the Islamic Republic’s opponents and foreign foes.
On Monday, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) warned anti-government protesters of “decisive” action if unrest over gasoline price hikes does not cease, state media said, hinting at a harsh security crackdown.
The IRGC also said on Monday that it arrested 150 protesters in Alborz province, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported.
The arrested confessed to receiving payments in order to set fire to public property, said Tasnim.