The decision came following months of speculations about possible rationing after the U.S.in 2018 reimposed sanctions that sent Iran's economy into free-fall following Washington withdrawal from 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.
Sporadic protests have broken out in a number of Iranian cities after authorities announced a surprise decision to ration and increase the price of petrol as part of efforts to offset the effect of crippling U.S. sanctions. A gallon of regular gasoline in the US costs $2.60 by comparison.
Nevertheless, Iran has seen a tenfold decrease in oil exports and sales since the US withdrawal, and has sold its fuel through non-traditional methods, including an online energy exchange, which on Monday recorded its largest sale yet of 60,000 tons of liquified petroleum gas (LPG) for Dollars 23 million. It did not elaborate, but on the net films circulating Iran purported to present fireplace at the depot as sirens wailed in the track record.
"Without any warning, the prices went up drastically and many here say that this is not something they can really deal with because it will have ramifications in other aspects of their daily life, meaning that the price of bread, eggs and other goods will also rise because of this".
In Tehran, drivers stopped traffic on the Imam Ali Highway, chanting for police to join them, according to online videos.
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A large crowd in the city of Kermanshah demonstrated and later drew tear gas fire from police, a video showed.
Clashes between protesters and security forces were reported as well in Mashhad and Ahvaz.
Such protests require prior approval from Iran's Interior Ministry, though authorities routinely allow small-scale demonstrations over economic issues, especially as the country has struggled with currency devaluation.
In Mashhad, Iran's second-premier metropolis and the property of a famous Shiite shrine, dozens of demonstrators abandoned their autos in website traffic to protest, in accordance to the condition-operate IRNA information agency.
It wasn't straight away clear if police manufactured arrests or if anyone had been hurt in the demonstrations.
Iranian internet access meanwhile saw disruptions and outages Friday night into Saturday, suggesting "a response to limit attendance and media coverage of the protests", according to the group NetBlocks, which monitors worldwide internet access.More news: Gerard Pique Responds To Ramos' Clasico Complaints
The semi-official news agency INSA reported that one civilian was killed and several others injured in Sirjan.
Iran long has suffered economic problems since its 1979 Islamic Revolution cut off its decades-long relationship with the U.S. Its eight-year war with Iraq in the 1980s followed, further straining its economy.
The collapse of the nuclear offer has exacerbated people challenges.
Iran faces stiff sanctions on oil exports after the United States pulled out of a nuclear deal with world powers in 2018. The Iranian rial, which traded at 32,000 to $1 at the time of the accord, now trades at above 118,000 to $1.
Mr Rouhani had tried to hike fuel prices in December but was blocked by parliament in the wake of protests that rocked Iran for days. "It took effect immediately, and it was announced without direct consultation with lawmakers".More news: Doc Rivers Gets Technical Foul and Ejected, Son Austin Rivers Loves It