Iran price protests turn political amid reports of deaths

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Protests that have spread across Iran over a cut in state subsidies on food have turned political with slogans calling for top leaders to step down, according to posts on social media. There are also unconfirmed reports that at least four protesters have been killed in the crackdown. Protests began last week sparked by the government’s decision to cut subsidies, which led to huge price hikes in Iran by as much as 300 percent for a variety of flour-based staples. The government also raised the prices of some basic goods – such as cooking oil and dairy products – in Iran where almost half of its…

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