Angry Iranians torched Tehran gas stations yesterday and smashed windows as protests against gas rationing turned violent, the BBC reports. Motorists formed huge lines to fill tanks before new laws took effect limiting Iranians to 26 gallons of gas a month. Despite its oil reserves, Iran is short of refining capacity and must import 40% of its fuel.
"Guns, fireworks, tanks, Ahmadinejad should be killed," chanted youths hurling rocks at police shortly after the new limits were announced. Iranians were given only two hours notice before the rationing went into effect. Iran fears an embargo by the West over its nuclear program could cripple its fragile economy.