The Supreme Leader of Iran has blamed the recent string of protests in the Islamic Republic on the “enemies” of Iran, as the protests continue and the death toll rises to 21.
Speaking for the first time since the protests started last Thursday, the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has said that the “enemies” of Iran have joined forces in stirring up the protests.
“The enemy is waiting for an opportunity, for a flaw, through which they can enter. Look at these events over the last few days. All those who are against the Islamic Republic — those who have money, those who have the politics, those who have the weapons, those who have the intelligence — they have all joined forces in order to create problems for the Islamic Republic and the Islamic Revolution,” he said.
Khamenei did not name any specific country or group.
This was his first address since the protests started where many people burned his images and called for his resignation.
Since the protests began last Thursday, 21 people have been killed, including seven protestors, whilst 450 people have been arrested. Iran has also restricted the use of certain internet websites including Instagram and Telegram.
These protests come as the biggest challenge to the Iranian Government since the protests on 2009.
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