Gasoline consumption in Iran dropped to 79 million liters per day in the week following the 50-percent fuel price hike, from an average 98 million liters per day in the Iranian year so far, according to Iran’s oil ministry, cited by Iranian media . Earlier this month, Iran raised by 50 percent gasoline prices—which are some of the cheapest in the world—and introduced limits on gasoline purchases to help needy households as U.S. sanctions cripple the economy. The price hike sparked nationwide protests in the country, in which, according to Amnesty International, at least 143 people have been killed in a violent crackdown . “The rising death toll is an alarming indication of just how ruthless the treatment of unarmed protesters has been by the Iranian authorities and reveals their appalling assault on human life,” Philip Luther, Research and Advocacy Director for the Middle East and North Africa at […]