Tehran 0
27 November 2019

Referring to protests in Iran following the government’s decision to raise gas prices on 15 November, President Rouhani claimed that “the enemies had planned for this unrest since two years ago… After the change in petrol prices, they began implementing their plans with all their facilities and thought that it could last for months, leading to massacre and civil war”. “They thought that if they set fire on banks and people's houses”, Rouhani added, “they could take their independence and freedom, but the people showed it explicitly that they do not yield to foreign conspiracies and will resist”. He went on to maintain that “of course, people may have criticisms and expectations, but they will not let some to take advantage of the situation and threat their security”.

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