Marcha 20, 2018

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini blames 'enemies' for meddling in protests

02 Enero 2018, 01:50 | Bibiana Flor

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If President Trump is sincere when he said on Oct. 13, "We stand in total solidarity with the Iranian regime's longest-suffering victims: its own people", his administration should match words with deeds and hold the butchers ruling Iran accountable for their crimes. The late Shah of Iran attempted, in part, to de-Islamicize historic Persia of its foreign influences via the restoration of the Peacock Throne, but his revolution was overturned, in part via the Soviet-inspired meddling of the Iranian Tudeh Party, which left the gates open for the ayatollah Khomeini. The deep intra-elite fissures ~ reflecting differences of ideology, policy and personal interests in finance and power ~ have contributed to this uncertainty. "The enemy is always looking for an opportunity & any crevice to infiltrate & strike the Iranian nation".

Syria is Iran's strongest ally in the Arab world and Tehran has been a main backer of Syrian President Bashar Assad since the country's conflict began in 2011, pumping hundreds of millions of dollars into the Syrian economy.

According to Article 27 of the Iranian Constitution, "public gatherings and marches are allowed so long as the participants do not carry arms and are not in violation of the fundamental principles of Islam".

The protests have taken a bloody turn after four demonstrators were shot allegedly by police on New Year's eve even as the government has banned social media platforms like Telegram and Instagram in a few areas. Government officials are also shutting down social media and the internet in an effort to stamp out the discontent.

Ghazanfarabadi said the detainees will be soon put on trial and the ringleaders would face serious charges including "moharebeh" - an Islamic term meaning warring against God - which carries the death penalty.

Many of the death commission members from 1988 are senior officials in the government of Iran today. Despite the fearsome spread of the movement, there is much that is fogbound about the protests, most particularly its ultimate objective.

"The government will show no tolerance for those who damage public properties, violate public order and create unrest in the society", Rouhani said this week.

State TV says an 11-year-old boy and a 20-year-old man were killed in the town of Khomeinishahr, while a member of Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard was killed in the town of Najafabad.

Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi remarks that there is a lot of disappointment with the fruitlessness of sanctions relief. With billions of dollars being sent to fund rebel fighters abroad and what remains being inefficiently redistributed domestically, it comes as no surprise that citizens are protesting.

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