In a nation already crippled by U.S. sanctions, a decision by the Iranian government to hike fuel prices has triggered violent protests.
Stores and banks have been set on fire and highways barricaded. Amnesty International has put the death toll at more than 100. Information is hard to come by. Iran imposed a widespread internet blackout for several days. In a region rocked with discontent, could Iran’s deepening malaise lead to a new call for reform and change?
To discuss the unrest in Iran:
Mohammad Marandi is a professor of English literature at the University of Tehran.
Barbara Slavin is director of the Future of Iran Initiative, Atlantic Council.
Sharmine Narwani is a journalist and analyst covering Mideast geopolitics.
Negar Mortazavi diplomatic correspondent for The Independent.
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Iranians treat the low cost of petrol as a birthright. It is cheaper than mineral water https://t.co/hzxEPAyMO1
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