Iranian security agents IRNA has reported that it arrested eight suspects linked with the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) on Wednesday.
The security agency said the suspects disguised as journalists in various countries.
“These elements had received CIA-funded training in various countries under the cover of becoming citizen-journalists,” the intelligence ministry has said
“Six were arrested while attending the riots and carrying out (CIA) orders and two while trying to send information abroad.”
The suspects were said to have joined in the protest that has rocked the nation for two weeks over the recent fuel price hike.
Meanwhile, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has described the unrest as a “very dangerous conspiracy”.
“The people foiled a deep, vast and very dangerous conspiracy on which a lot of money was spent for destruction, viciousness and the killing of people,” Khamenei said.
Khamenei had earlier accused foreign enemies of “sabotage” and inflicting the unrest in the country.
The protest began in the middle east country on November 15 after the government announced an increase in pump price.
As part of the rationing, private vehicles are to be restricted to sixty litres of fuel monthly, while the price of petrol will percent per cent to 15,000 Iranian rialsliter13) a litre.
While fuel purchases in excess of the allotted rations will incur an additional charge of 30,000 rialsliter26) a litre.
Humanitarian Agencies have placed the death toll at one hundred and forty-three people.
However, the Iranian government has disputed that number but have not backed it up with any figure.