‘Mercenaries’: Iran’s Supreme Chief denounces anti-government protesters

Iran’s supreme chief, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has praised paramilitary volunteers tasked with quashing dissent on Saturday in a televised tackle.

He was chatting with members of the Basij, the volunteer paramilitary wing of the elite Revolutionary Guard, reiterating unsupported claims that protesters demonstrating throughout the nation are “instruments” of the US.

“ [The] Basij mustn’t overlook that the primary conflict is with world hegemony,” Khamenei mentioned, referring to America. The tackle has echoed earlier statements lambasting the protests as a international plot to destabilise Iran.

The Basij has taken a number one function in clamping down on demonstrations that started on 17 September, ignited by the demise of a younger girl, Mahsa Amini, whereas within the custody of Iran’s morality police.

Her demise sparked months of protests over the nation’s obligatory scarf however rapidly morphed into one of many biggest challenges to Iran’s theocracy for the reason that 1979 Islamic Revolution.

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