Iran: 'Riots' are fomented by US and Israel, Khamenei accuses
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iranian Supreme Leader.
The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, on Monday accused the United States, Israel and their “agents” of fomenting the anti-government protest movement sparked by the September 16 death of of Mahsa Amini in Tehran.
I say clearly that these riots and the insecurity are the work of America, of the Zionist regime [Israel, NDLR ] usurper and their salaried agents, with the help of some traitorous Iranians abroad, he said in his first reaction to the death of the young woman, arrested on September 13 by the police of the manners.
The death of the girl broke our hearts, but what is not normal is that some people, without proof or investigation, make the streets dangerous, burn the Koran, remove the hijab from veiled women, set fire to mosques and cars, he said.
Speaking at a graduation ceremony for officers graduating from the military academy in Tehran, he said: The police are obliged to stand up to criminals and ;ensuring the safety of society.
Iran has been rocked by violent protests since the death last week of Mahsa Amini.< /p>
So weakening the police means strengthening the criminals, and whoever attacks the police leaves the people defenseless against criminals, thugs, thieves, he said.
He called on the judicial authorities to judge the rioters proportionately to the level of their participation in the destruction and security breaches.
Regarding the position taken by certain sports and artistic personalities in favor of the demonstrators, he considered that it was up to the courts to decide whether it was a criminal act, but in his eyes, their statements are of no importance.
Many Iranian sportsmen as well as actors and filmmakers have lent their support to the protest movement, asking the authorities to x27;listen to the demands of the people.
Two-time Oscar-winning director Asghar Farhadi urged people around the world to stand in solidarity with the protesters.
In a friendly football match against Senegal in Vienna, the entire Iranian team remained dressed in black during the anthems rather than exposing the national jersey.
A protester holds a dummy doll of leader Ali Khamenei and another holds up a poster of Mahsa Amini during a protest.
Ayatollah Khamenei on the other hand has taken it out strongly on the press around the world.
There are a lot of riots in the world and in Europe, especially in France, in Paris. But did the mass media affiliated with American capitalism and their mercenaries, like some governments in the region, notably the Saudis, support the rioters in these countries? he wondered.
The guide called Americans' expression of regret for the death of a girl a lie, because, contrary to appearances, they are happy to find this excuse to cause trouble.
Violent clashes erupted between students and security forces at a major university in Tehran, more than two weeks after protests sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini began, state media said on Monday and NGOs.
The death of this 22-year-old Iranian Kurd on September 16, three days after her arrest for violating the Islamic Republic's strict dress code, which notably requires women to wear the veil, also gave rise to rallies in solidarity with women. Iranian women in many cities around the world, especially in Paris again on Sunday.
The protest movement in Iran, the largest since that of 2019 caused by the rise in oil prices ;essence, has entered its third week and the crackdown has increased.
Violent incidents occurred overnight from Sunday to Monday at Sharif University of Technology in Tehran, Iran's most prestigious, where riot police fired steel balls and gas tear gas against protesting students, according to the Iranian news agency Mehr.
Protests in Iran over the death of Mahsa Amini in the custody of vice police have left at least 92 dead, according to a non-governmental organization.
Woman, life, freedom, students prefer death to humiliation, they chanted, according to Mehr, adding that Iran's science minister later came to the university to talk to the students in an effort to calm the situation. Incidents also occurred at the University of Isfahan (center).
Iran's Ministry of Intelligence said on Friday that nine foreign nationals – including from France, #x27;Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Poland – had been arrested in connection with the protests.
30-year-old Italian globetrotter Alessi Piperno, claimed to be detained in Iran and called for help, according to statements by her parents published in the Italian press on Monday.
For German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, it is hard to bear what is happening at Sharif University in Iran, she tweeted: The courage of Iranians is incredible. And the brute force of the regime is an expression of outright fear of the power of education and freedom.
For its part, the Oslo-based NGO Iran Human Rights released two videos, one apparently showing Iranian police on motorbikes chasing students running in an underground parking lot, and the other , police on motorcycles taking away people whose heads are covered with black cloth bags.
In other images posted online, which AFP does not x27;has been able to independently verify, gunshots and screams can be heard as a large number of people run down a street at night.
In a video shot according to the IHR in a Tehran metro station, a crowd chants: Do not be afraid! Have no fear! We are all together!
Thousands of protesters gathered in downtown Vancouver on Saturday to denounce the repression of the Iranian regime.
The New York-based Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) said it was extremely concerned about videos coming out of Sharif University and Tehran today showing a crackdown violence of the demonstrations.
At least 92 people have been killed in Iran by the repression since the beginning of the demonstrations, according to this agency which tries to estimate the number deaths despite internet shutdowns and blockages of apps like WhatsApp or Instagram and other online services in Iran.
Iranian authorities say about 60 people, including 12 members of the security forces, have been killed since September 16.
In addition, 41 other people have died during clashes Friday in the province of Sistan-Baluchistan (southeast), according to the IHR citing local sources, without being able to specify whether this violence is linked to the death of Mahsa Amini.