Wednesday, June 27, 2007
$0.38 Gas Causes Riots in Iran
A new rationing system meant to keep costs down has sparked riots. Under the new rules, prices have soared to 38 cents a gallon!
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.
Iran has about seven million mostly aging, fuel-inefficient cars, more than a million of them clogging the roads in Tehran where an official once described the level of pollution as "collective suicide."
BBC has a video account of the mess.
Posted by Unknown at 4:20 PM