Thursday, June 28, 2007

Iran Accuses US of Causing Riots as Iran Begins oil Rationg


Some Iranian Millitary Police denied that the rioting on Tuesday and Wednesday had anything to do with the government's rationing measures.

"The attacks on the petrol pumps were organised well in advance by 'agents provocateurs' working for the US government, who incited some deranged individuals to set petrol stations alight," Morteza Tamaddon told journalists.

He also claimed that thousands of counterfeit dollars had been paid to these 'deranged individuals'.

Restrictions severe

Under the government rationing, private cars which cannot use compressed natural gas (CNG) get 100 liters of petrol a month, and those with CNG 30 litres. Taxis and other vehicles with special permission are allowed 800 litres per month.

The maximum quota for each government car is 10 litres per day, the Iranian news agency IRNA said, quoting a statement issued on Tuesday by the oil ministry.

The rationing measures came into force late on Tuesday. There is anger that the government did not give people more than a two hours notice.This sparked rioting at petrol pumps in Tehran and elsewhere.The restrictions are set to continue for four months - with a possible extension to six months - the government said.

Some MPs have called for an end to the rationing and parliament may postpone its summer recess to deal with the crisis. Protests reportedly spread on Wednesday to Ahwaz and Khorramshahr in the south of the country, where members of the public clashed with riot police deployed to guard petrol stations.

First sign of the peoples unhappiness with Ahmadinejad

The protests are the first large-scale outpouring of anger against the Iranian government since Mr Ahmadinejad took office in 2005.

Long queues were reported at petrol stations late on Tuesday and on Wednesday in Tehran and other cities.

Iran's Economic stability in trouble

Iran is the world's fourth largest oil producer. But despite its huge energy reserves, it lacks refining capacity and imports some 44 percent of the more than 70 million litres of petrol the country consumes daily.

State fuel subsides in place for years have encouraged fuel consumption, allowing token prices at the pump of just 8 eurocents per litre which has now increased by 25 percent to 10 eurocents per litre.

Iran has a large budget deficit largely caused by fuel subsidies. Iran's inflation rate is estimated at 20-30 percent.

UN Sanction Fears Led to Rationing

The BBC's Tehran correspondent, Frances Harrison, says Iran is trying to rein in fuel consumption over fears of possible UN sanctions over its nuclear programme.

New UN sanctions against Iran contained in a draft resolution prepared by Britain would severely limit imports of petrol and fuel for Iranian airforce and navy ships and planes as well as for cars, and would sharply curb crude oil exports, according to unnamed UN diplomats interviewed by Adnkronos International (AKI).

Iran fears the West could impose these sanctions on its petrol imports and cripple its economy. So in a twisted logic - the Us is causing the protest now happening in Iran.



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