An Iranian intelligence official has threatened to crack down on leaders of protests against a recent government decision to hike fuel prices. 

Speaking to Anadolu Agency, the Intelligence Ministry official said those “aiding and abetting” the protests have been identified and a strict action will be taken against them.

“We have zeroed in on those trying to exploit the legitimate grievances of people over hike in gasoline prices and a strong action will be taken against them,” the official said on condition of anonymity.

While describing the grievances as “legitimate”, the official said protesters should not take law into their

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