Tehran Grand Bazaar reopened today under heavy police presence. The bazaar was shut down on Wednesday during a day of protests over the plunge of the national currency, with NAJA riot police using tear gas to disperse the demonstrators.
There is growing anger among the merchants that the government has been unable to contain the currency crisis and its policies and mismanagement were significant factors in the rial losing its value so rapidly. The instability of the currency has prevented the merchants to plan for their businesses, creating uncertainties that have practically paralyzed the bazaar.
The Grand Bazaar has been the heartbeat of the economy and the bazaaris have been among the most loyal supporters of the Islamic Republic.