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Unrest over hardships: How Iranians are coping with economic sanctions

The US economic sanctions are biting hard on Iran, forcing its people to find ways to be self-sufficient. The Straits Times' India bureau chief Nirmala Ganapathy was among a group of journalists from India who were invited by the Teheran government recently to visit several cities in the country.

The ancient city of Shiraz in Iran's Fars province, famed for its literary history and gardens, draws poetry-loving Iranians to the mausoleums of revered mediaeval poets Hafiz and Sa'adi.

But over the last two weeks, this historic seat of Persian civilisation has been convulsed by protests after the authorities raised prices of petrol by up to 50 per cent.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 03, 2019, with the headline 'Unrest over hardships'. Print Edition | Subscribe