Faced with concern about ongoing protests over gasoline prices, Iran’s Revolutionary Guards issued a statement warning that they are prepared to use “decisive and revolutionary action” if the unrest continues.
Iranian security officials have been keen to warn of action if the protesters continue to threaten security and stability, a concern clearly enhanced by protests getting out on control in neighboring Iraq.
Iranian protests have been largely peaceful, though there has been some violence, and a lot of concern that it could get worse. Iranian officials have insisted that they do not intend to roll back the price increases.
Officials have promised cash handouts to the poor to help them cope with the price increase, a move which some are predicting will ultimately end with this situation increasing the support of the clerics, who enjoy strong support from the poor.