Rouhani calls for release of innocent detained during Iran protesters

Rouhani calls for release of innocent detained during Iran protesters

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani called for the release of any unarmed and innocent people who were detained during protests against gasoline price hikes.

"Religious and Islamic clemency should be shown and those innocent people who protested against petrol price hikes and were not armed ... should be released," the Iranian president said in a televised speech.

The unrest, which began on November 15 after the government abruptly raised fuel prices by as much as 300%, spread to more than 100 cities and towns and turned political as young and working-class protesters demanded clerical leaders step down, Reuters recalls.

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