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Iranians Reportedly Protest Against High Food Prices

An Iranian woman complains to a merchant about the rising rice prices in Tehran,
An Iranian woman complains to a merchant about the rising rice prices in Tehran,
A video has emerged that allegedly shows a recent protest against high food prices in the city of Neishabour in northeastern Iran.

In the video people are heard chanting “Death to [High Prices]”.

RFE/RL has not been able to independently confirm the authenticity of the video, which has been making the rounds on social media.

The opposition “Sahamnews” website, which has posted the video, reports that a group of citizens in Neishabour protested against the rising price of food staples and chanted antigovernment slogans.

The website quotes a witness in the city as confirming that a protest took place.

WATCH: An apparent protest in northern Iran against high food prices

Another opposition website, “Jaras,” has also reported on the alleged protest quoting a report on the website of Neishabour’s Friday Prayers Headquarters. 

“The protest gathering took place in front of a poultry store," the website says. "With the increase in the number of protesters, the police and antiriot guards were not able to interfere.”

There have been reports of increasing discontent in Iran over the prices of food and victuals, such as chicken, which have increased significantly amid international sanctions over Iran's controversial nuclear program and high rates of inflation.
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by: Jack from: US
July 24, 2012 14:16
peaceful Wahhabi activists

by: Person from: World
July 24, 2012 15:27
Its clear from the video that most people are bystanders that watch a dozen people shouting slogans. In Iran socio-politcal protests are tolerated much more than in all Western regional ally states. Yes Iran is sensitive about it, but any state would be if global powers openly would try to constantly overthrow the legitimate government. If all of EU would actively work towards regime change in US, I am sure US would also act sensitively towards protests. Look what they did to Occupy and the patriot act after 911.

Anything that happens in Iran is always blown out of proportion by the exile community.
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by: Frank from: London
July 25, 2012 12:59
At around 25 seconds in, it sounds like more than a dozen people shouting slogans. With the regime having a policy (unintentionally perhaps) to make the poorest pay proportionately the most for the leadership's desire to project power through nuclear ambiguity, it is hardly surprising there are protests about the high chicken prices that are direct result of this. I doubt if all the bystanders are neutral. Not everyone wants to be arrested and have their house title deeds taken away from them pending non-involvement in future protests. The 2m+ Iranian diaspora could be an asset to Iran if the regime had a more inclusive policy instead of alienating them, but the skills of the diaspora you appear to disparage would show up the regime's lack of expertise and ignorance in many areas: the regime can't afford to have them back and hold on to power?
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by: Elnaz from: Iran
July 26, 2012 23:46
I think what is meant by the previous post is that the exile Islamophobic network due to their detachment from the masses of Iranians project one view and that view is given too much exposure because it suits Western neo-colonial interests.

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