Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Protesters torch Iran gas stations
Would you believe that Iran has to import gasoline. They don't have enough refineries to process their oil. Hmm this makes me wonder if they are close to completing a nuclear bomb at all. According to the Bu$h administration they are a dire threat and of course "all options are on the table".
From CNN's Shirzad Bozorgmehr
POSTED: 11:05 a.m. EDT, June 27, 2007
TEHRAN, Iran (CNN) -- The Iranian government's last-minute decision to ration monthly fuel allotments, as well as increase the price of gas, triggered a rare outbreak of protests and riots, Iranian media reported.
The oil ministry issued a statement at 9 p.m. Tuesday that the restrictions would go into effect at midnight.
That prompted hundreds of thousands of car owners to line up for miles at gas stations late Tuesday and early Wednesday. Others took to the street in protest, burning at least 12 gas stations in Tehran and looting other businesses, according to Fars News Agency.
Under the order, most Iranians will be limited to 100 liters (26 gallons) per month. The ministry also announced the price would be raised by more than 20 percent to $.11 per liter ($.42 a gallon).
The riots took place across Iran's major cities, including the holy city of Mashhad and Arak, where Iran's heavy water plant is located, according to Iran's official news agency, IRNA.