‘We must not be strict with them’: Rouhani says protesters charged with minor offenses should be set free

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has called for leniency for protesters who took to the streets over a recent fuel price hike, saying that those who did not commit grave offenses or incited the riots should be pardoned.

“There are some who… have committed an offense, not a crime. Someone has set fire to a tire; we must not keep them for what they’ve done,” Rouhani said Wednesday. The Iranian leader acknowledged that “some” of the activists who were placed into custody in wake of the unrest that swept through the country last month “are innocent and should be freed.”

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