Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says he supports a fuel price rise that has sparked protests across the country.

The Ayatollah blamed "hooligans" and counter-revolutionaries for violence  in several cities.

At least one person is confirmed dead in clashes with police but reports suggest the number could be higher.

Protests erupted on Friday after the government unexpectedly announced it was rationing petrol and removing subsidies - sending prices up by 50%.

KAN's Mark Weiss asked Dr Thamar Gindin from the Shalem Academic College and Haifa university's EZRI Center how serious are the current protests.