Iran’s Khamenei blames unrest on ‘enemies’ out to overthrow Islamic Republic By Reuters

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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Iranian Supreme Chief Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks throughout a gathering by way of video convention with folks from East Azarbaijan in Tehran, Iran, February 17, 2022. Workplace of the Iranian Supreme Chief/WANA (West Asia Information Company)/Handout by way of REUTE

(Reuters) -Iranian Supreme Chief Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Saturday blamed current protests in Iran on overseas “enemies” looking for to overthrow the Islamic Republic. He additionally stated the US and its allies have been waging a “psychological battle” in opposition to Iran by accusing it of piracy for seizing two Greek ships after the US confiscated Iranian oil from a tanker. “Immediately, the enemies’ most necessary hope for hanging a blow on the nation relies on in style protests,” Khamenei stated, referring to week-long protests over the collapse of a constructing in southwestern Iran final month that killed 37 folks. “They hope to show the folks in opposition to the Islamic institution and the Islamic Republic by way of psychological work, actions on the web and our on-line world … and by spending cash and recruiting mercenaries.” “However the enemies’ calculation is as flawed as many earlier ones,” he stated in a televised speech on the thirty third anniversary of the dying of the chief of Iran’s 1979 Islamic revolution, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. Authorities have blamed the collapse of the 10-storey residential and business constructing in Abadan on native corruption and lax security and say 13 folks, together with mayors and different officers, have to this point been arrested for building violations. Protesters, nevertheless, say the catastrophe stemmed from authorities negligence and entrenched graft and have chanted slogans in opposition to officers, together with Khamenei. Iranians have reported disrupted web companies, an obvious try to cease using social media to organise rallies and disseminate movies. Authorities have warned folks to observe simply official media and eschew “rumours” from social media.
The USA, which has imposed powerful sanctions on Iran, confiscated the Iranian oil cargo on the Iranian-flagged Pegas that Greece impounded off its coast in April. Tehran retaliated by seizing two Greek ships on Could 27. But the world’s media accuses Iran of piracy, Khamenei stated. “Who’s the pirate right here? You stole our oil. We took it again from you. Taking again a stolen good is not any theft.” (mailto:dubai.newsroom@thomsonreuters.comEditing by Frances Kerry and Mark Potter)

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