Backlash in Iran: Sudden cut in fuel subsidies sparks nationwide protests

How far will protests in Iran go? Last Friday's decision to suddenly reduce fuel subsidies sparked an immediate backlash in cities across the country, with the biggest protests since 2017 spreading like wildfire. What prompted the government's decision? We ask about the subsidies themselves: citizens of many OPEC nations see cheap fuel as a birthright. But what about the environment, how much they encourage smuggling with neighbouring countries and the strain on state coffers?