By Emilio Luciano Cricchio
Protests have entered their third day in Iran, after fuel prices increased.
Crowds gathered in major cities across Iran after the price hike was announced as anger over economic hardship reached a fever pitch.
In Tehran and Esfahan, reports have also emerged of vendors in bazaars and markets refusing to open shop with striking shopkeepers complaining about the effect increased fuel prices will have on business conditions.
Moreover, US sanctions have negatively impacted the economic situation, with the prospect of tougher sanctions by the Trump administration set to further mar the economy.
Violent clashes were also reported in some cities and provincial towns, Iranian officials raised the official death count to 3, however other sources claim that number is higher.
Various analysts believe this is a tactic by the Government to prevent Protesters coordinating with each other and sending videos out of Iran.
With the blocking of roads and a near total internet communications shutdown, information has become difficult to verify and the situation remains unclear.
This isn’t the first time Iran has experienced civil strife, but with economic conditions slumping even further, the situation in Iran remains unpredictable and volatile.