Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has damaged his silence over the nation’s greatest protests in years.
The unrest, ignited by the demise of Mahsa Amini after being arrested by Iran’s morality police, is flaring up for a 3rd week.
Breaking weeks of silence, Khamenei condemned what he referred to as “rioting” and accused the United States and Israel of planning the protests.
On Monday, Iran’s prime know-how college was shut down after an hours-long standoff between college students and the police. Hundreds of younger folks had been arrested.
Speaking to a cadre of police college students in Tehran, Khamenei stated he was “deeply heartbroken” by the demise of 22-year-old Amini, calling it a “tragic incident”. However, he lambasted the protests as a foreign plot to destabilise Iran.
“This rioting was deliberate,” he stated. “These riots and insecurities had been designed by America and the Zionist regime, and their staff.”
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is urging Iranian authorities to present “most restraint, most containment”.