Posted by: russiaoilandgas | July 26, 2007

Gasoline Rations Spark Violent Reaction in Iran

Iran Gasoline Protests RatioingIran has begun rationing gasoline, sparking an angry reaction from the residents of Tehran as gas stations were burned, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad openly criticized and huge traffic jams created, the Voice of America reports.  Iran is one of the world’s leading oil producers; however, its lack of infrastructure and refinery capacity combined with US led sanctions have forced it to limit each private driver to 100 litres of Gasoline per month.  According to the VOA, the announcement by the Iranian oil ministry led to traffic jams caused as drivers lined up to get gas, while protesters to burned gas stations and cars.

The VOA also points out that Iran’s economic woes are set to get worse still as the Germany, Britain, China, the US, France and Russia agreed to consult on a 3rd set UN resolution to impose more sanctions on Iran for its refusal to end its uranium enrichment program.

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