Iranian media reports that a man has been killed in unrest over rising food prices
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian lawmaker said one person was killed in his city during recent unrest over price hikes in the southwestern province of Khuzestan, the news agency reported on Saturday. semi-official ILNA.
Ahmad Avaei, a Dezful MP, did not give the name or gender of the person killed, or say how many people were arrested during the unrest.
State media reported on Friday that Iranian authorities had arrested at least 22 demonstrators protesting sudden hikes in subsidized staple food prices, including 15 in Dezful. A firefighter was injured in clashes with protesters in a nearby town, Andimeshk.
The unrest follows Iran’s announcement earlier in the week that the cost of cooking oil, chicken, eggs and milk would rise by up to 300% as food prices rise in the Middle East due to global supply chain grunts and Russia’s invasion of major foods. Ukrainian exporter.
State television on Friday aired footage of protests in the province that had turned violent, with protesters burning tires and leaving mosques and public property damaged.
Memories of Iran’s fuel price hike in November 2019 also remain fresh. Then, widespread protests – the most violent since the establishment of the Islamic Republic in 1979 – rocked the country.