Will Iranians Riots Over Utility Price Hikes?
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Blogger "Zeitoon" believes Iran could see social upheaval and riots over the hike in energy prices that is the result of the removal of subsidies by the Iranian government.

She suggests that the reported tensions between Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and President Mahmud Ahmadinejad could be an attempt by the Iranian establishment to divert the public's attention from the rising prices:

In the past several years that Iranians outside the country have been advising us not to pay the electricity, water, and gas bills in order to pressure the government, I used to say its wishful thinking!

I felt that those friends don't have a good understanding of the situation inside the country. I would say that if we didn't pay our bills, others would pay and the Electricity and Telephone organization would cut the electricity and telephone of those of us who didn't pay.

The issue of gas and water is separate. The bill comes for the whole apartment buildings and each unit is charged and one cannot not pay because it would result in insults and curses and maybe even complaints from others.

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