Protests in Iran: Khamenei denounces a foreign conspiracy

Protests in Iran: Khamenei denounces a foreign conspiracy

DUBAI (Reuters) – The Supreme Leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolution broke the silence on Monday to say the protests in Iran are being orchestrated by the United States and Israel and not by “ordinary Iranians,” according to official media .

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei had been in custody since protests began over the September 17 death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman who was arrested by vice squads for not wearing a veil as required by law.

As the protest movement, which has already claimed the lives of dozens of protesters, continues to grow, the Iranian leader said the “bitter incident” “broke his heart,” according to state media.

But he accused the protesters of plunging Iran’s streets into “uncertainty” and provoking “riots planned by the United States and the Zionist regime.”

Ayatollah Khamenei supported the Iranian security forces, who he says are victims of the protesters’ “injustice”.

(Report by Parisa Hafezi, written by Tom Perry, French version Tangi Salaün, edited by Sophie Louet)


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