Khamenei blames counter-revolution, enemies for 'sabotage' in Iran gasoline price protests
Khamenei blames counter-revolution, enemies for 'sabotage' in Iran gasoline price protests"Some people are no doubt worried by this decision ... but sabotage and arson is done by hooligans not our people. The counter-revolution and Iran's enemies have always supported sabotage and breaches of security and continue to do so," Ayatollah Khamenei said, according to state TV.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says Iran 's enemies stirred protests that have claimed more than 20 lives. Media captionState TV shows protesters in the city of Qahderijan attacking a police station. Reformist and moderate MPs have released a statement urging the authorities to be open to criticism and to be
We have repelled the enemy in various areas, and by God's grace, we will also definitely repel the enemy in the economic war," Khamenei said on Iran saw a wave of opposition protests in the last few days, with people demonstrating against a government decision to increase the price of gasoline.
Iran's Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the enemy had been "repelled" in the country where dozens are thought to have died in violent protests sparked by a petrol price hike.
Demonstrations broke out in the sanctions-hit Islamic republic on Friday after it was announced the price of petrol would be raised by as much as 200 percent.
"We have pushed back the enemy in the military arena. We have pushed back the enemy in the political war," Khamenei said in a speech aired on state television late Tuesday.
Supreme leader says Iranians foiled 'very dangerous' plot
Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday praised the country's people for foiling a "very dangerous" plot, after violence erupted during protests this month against a fuel price hike. The demonstrations broke out on November 15, hours after the shock announcement at midnight that the price of petrol would be immediately raised by as much as 200 percent. They quickly turned violent and saw petrol pumps torched, police stations attacked and shops looted, before being quashed within a few days.Officials have not yet given overall figures on the number of casualties or arrests made during the unrest which affected much of the country.
Khamenei blamed opponents and foreign enemies for “sabotage” after multiple banks and gas stations were torched over the weekend. This is what thugs do,” Khamenei said . The top cleric further signaled a severe crackdown is coming as protests were reported to have hit 100 cities across the
Khamenei blamed opponents and foreign enemies for "sabotage" after multiple banks and gas stations were torched over the weekend. This is what thugs do," Khamenei said . The top cleric further signaled a severe crackdown is coming as protests were reported to have hit 100 cities across the
"We have repelled the enemy in the arena of security warfare... in recent days," he said, adding that the unrest had not been the result of a popular movement.
"The recent actions were security issues, not from the people," he said. "We have repelled the enemy."
State television, which rarely shows any signs of dissent in Iran, has aired footage of masked young men appearing to clash with security forces.
The United Nations called for restraint on Tuesday and voiced alarm at reports dozens may have been killed in the violence.
London-based rights group Amnesty International said more than 100 demonstrators were believed to have been killed across Iran since security forces were ordered to "crush" the protests.
Iran's economy has been battered since May last year when the United States unilaterally withdrew from a 2015 nuclear agreement and reimposed crippling sanctions.
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