Skip to comments.Iran riots over petrol rationing
Posted on 06/27/2007 9:06:33 AM PDT by freedom44
Teheran (dpa) - Riots broke out in Iran in the early hours of Wednesday and some petrol stations were set on fire in the capital Teheran following the government's decision to ration petrol.
According to local press reports, at least five petrol stations in Teheran were set on fire in protest against the rationing. Some banks and supermarkets were also reportedly robbed.
Witnesses said the people also shouted slogans against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who is considered as the initiator of the petrol rationing.
The Iranian parliament swiftly reacted to the riots and summoned the oil and interior ministers to investigate the incidents in a secret session.
The oil ministry announced via state-television that necessary grounds would be prepared to prevent any petrol problems for the people. The ministry's promises were, however, based on establishing new oil refineries in the coming years.
As of Wednesday, Iran, one of the world's largest oil producers, started rationing petrol nationwide.
The oil ministry said in a statement that each of the country's around 7 million private cars will get 100 litres per month at 0.108 dollars per litre for normal and 0.151 dollars for super petrol.
The announcement caused huge chaos on Teheran's streets in the late night hours of Tuesday with cars rushing to petrol stations to fill their tanks before the start of the rationing.
Anything above the ration quota was scheduled to be sold at 0.30 to 0.40 dollars per litre or at a floating rate but no final decision has yet been announced in this regard.
The incidents confirmed the government's fears that the move would dent Ahmadinejad's popularity before parliamentary elections in March next year, besides increasing inflation.
Although Iran as a leading OPEC member has a daily oil production of 4.2 million barrels, the Islamic state still spends 5-8 billion dollars annually on petrol imports due to lack of refineries and a preference for oil export.
The first phase of petrol rationing was carried out earlier this month for governmental cars which have a quota of 300 litres per month.
Petrol is only supplied through the so-called "smart card" or petrol coupon, an initiative by Ahmadinejad to stop lavish fuel consumption which currently stands at an estimated 73 million litres daily.
With the initiative Ahmadinejad hopes not only to fill the huge gap in Iran's budget but also to tackle related problems such as traffic jams and pollution in big cities.
Parliament should help the government to end wasteful expenditure, parliament president Gholam-Ali Hadad-Adel.
He added that the measures would help reduce the impact of possible sanctions against Iran because of its controversial nuclear programme.
However, an economic expert said the plan was not thoroughly thought through and was badly executed.
He criticized the president for not resolving the overtaxing of the public transport system, particularly in the large cities. In Teheran the underground rail system, the bus network and taxis have to cater for 13 million people.
"Ahmadinejad is so fixated on the nuclear programme that he has forgotten the basic needs of the people," said a driver in Teheran whose car was built in 1973 and which must transport the man, his wife and their three children.
One of the biggest oil exporters in the region, a commodity the cost of which continues to rise, and they can’t balance their budgets? Apparently they’re using their petro-dollars to light their Cuban cigars.
I wonder how long it will take the Mullahs to blame the US for this problem... Two hours, one hour and 59 minutes, one hour and 58...
Many excellent observations in posts on other threads. Lots of irony, real deal.
Nobody likes a long line at the gas pumps... remember the ‘70’s? (Do I date myself on this or what?)
I would dearly love to see a “French Revolution” pop up in Iran........Maybe this petrol rationing will be their version of “Let them eat cake!”..........
Bangkok Post? next time use an American Source - I am sure this is being abundantly reported in the states (/ sarcasm off)
Millions spent on uranium enrichment to make bombs and they can’t build one or two refineries to serve their own populace? So what do the people do? Burn down gas stations and loot and rob...smart, real smart.
Burning gas stations. . .yeah, that'll ease the rationing. :::eye roll:::
Wall Street Journal
Gas Stations Attacked in Iran
Gas rationing sparks anger in Iran
Gas stations attacked in Iran
CBS News, NY
Gas Rationing Raises Iranian Ire
Iranians Attack Gas Stations in Protest
Iranians Attack Gas Stations in Protest
Iranians Attack Gas Stations in Protest
Iranians attack gas stations in protest
Aren’t we coming up on some kind of anniversary? July 7th?
WOW! you got me on that. The story must have been cleared for American consumption by CAIR.
IN a few more weeks, they’ll be able to power their vehicles with nuclear energy.
Or camel dung, depending on who’s lying.
That’s about 25 gallons a month. I can’t believe Iranians are driving 30 miles round trip a day. They must be reselling the almost-free gasoline to smugglers (who then move it out of the country for resale), and this rationing is cutting into their income.
They make the South-Central LA thugs look intelligent.
Yes, on Luy 7th, 1980 Sharia Law was introduced in Iran
^^^ Luy = July ^^^
Man I can’t type sometimes.
Seems like now would be a perfect time for a series of unfortunate accidents to happen at the 3 Iranian refineries. Hint, Hint.
How long before the Global Warming Alarmists applaud Ahmanutjob for his action to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions in Iran ?
Sheryl Crow and Leonardo DiCaprio are probably readying their public fawning now.
Dude, from your lips to the CIAs ears. In fact, we ought to build a few more refineries of our own and for the same reason.
What about the other six?
It would also be a good time to buy up all the refined petrol in Bahrain. Hint, hint.
Heck, if just one were to ACCIDENTALLY blow up, the panic that would set in would be great.
I could watch stock footage of angry Iranians burning their own stuff all day....
With a little luck, the rioters will start blowing up refineries. We’re talking about that kind of intelligence at work.
Annual occurrence on the Houston Ship Channel, I doubt theirs are different.
Please add me to the ping list. Thanks.
I guess we don’t need to worry, these fools will do themselves. Now, all they need is a small push, say a few M-16s, an set back and watch the fun........
Couldn’t happen to a “nicer” guy like Ahmanutjob.
By Ben Quinn
The Telegraph (UK)
Last Updated: 11:30am BST 27/06/2007
Angry Iranians have torched petrol stations in protests against the sudden imposition of fuel rationing in one of the worlds most oil rich nations.
The rationing was announced on Tuesday only three hours before it was due to begin at midnight, leading to long queues at service stations as Iranians rushed out to fill up before the clampdown kicked in.
In the capital, youths set a car and petrol pumps ablaze at a station in the residential Pounak area of northwestern Tehran, throwing stones and shouting angry slogans denouncing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who came to power in an election based largely on his promises to improve the Islamic republics faltering economy.
He has been facing growing criticisms over his economic policies, which a group of economists claimed earlier this month were fuelling inflation and hurting the poor.
The Iranian government had been planning for weeks to implement rationing, which was supposed to begin May 21, but has repeatedly held off from making the move.
In a country where citizens are used to having cheap and plentiful gas the issue is a sensitive one.
Lines of more than a half a mile long snaked out of some stations in Tehran, while riot police were in some streets to disperse the demonstrators.
Iran has to import more than 50 percent of its petrol needs because of its low refining capability, despite being the second biggest exporter in the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).
To make matters worse, consumers are being forced to use smart cards to keep track of their purchases but problems in distributing the cards have delayed implementation of the plan, while pumping petrol into vehicles is only possible when the smart card is inserted into the pumping machine.
Petrol sales have been subsidised by the government in an attempt to keep prices low.
Under the new rationing system, owners of private cars can buy only 100 litres (26 gallons) per month at the subsidised price of 1,000 Rials per litre (£0.19) while taxi-owners can purchase 800 litres (211 gallons) a month.
Unrest on the streets has also been played out politically in Irans parliament, where conservatives have been pushing for higher petrol prices in the hope of cutting back on demand in order to allow for money to be invested in the oil and gas production sector.
President Ahmadinejad has been resisting allowing increases because of his campaign promises to share Irans oil wealth with lower income groups and has also fought off efforts by parliament to reverse a 2005 decision to suspend a law stating that petrol prices must increase 10 percent every year.
However, he has been repeatedly criticised by the Iranian press for stoking already high inflation with high spending and promising lavish local investment projects on visits to the countrys regions.
The beginning of the end for the mullahs. I believe it was Hannity where I heard some intelligence analyst saying one of the best ways to take them down is for a fuel shortage to occur.
Porno for pyromaniacs.
18th of Tir - begins July 8th
Anniversary of the 1999 student uprising
That’s the one I was thinking about when I made my post, but I couldn’t remember the year & I was off by a day. Do you know if they still celebrate the day with protests?
“Do you know if they still celebrate the day with protests?”
Yes they do, though each year the regime’s threats of punishment for those who do, get worse. BTW it isn’t limited to one day. It is recognized as 5 days
I was wondering if they might be starting the “celebration” early this year, spurred on by yet one more action of the government.
According to the regime......CIA and Mossad burned the gas stations
They are sooooooooo predictable.