Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Angry Iranians burn petrol stations, chant slogans against Ahmadinejad

BBC-At least one petrol station has been set on fire in the Iranian capital, Tehran, after the government announced fuel rationing for private motorists. Iranians were given only two hours' notice of the move that limits private drivers to 100 litres of fuel a month.

Despite its huge energy reserves Iran lacks refining capacity, forcing it to import about 40% of its petrol. Tehran is trying to rein in fuel consumption over fears of possible UN sanctions over its nuclear programme. Iran fears the West could sanction its petrol imports and cripple its economy.

Another video on YouTube: Protests in Tehran

And all this is happening in Iran without the fuel sanctions in place yet...