ISLAMABAD, June 08 ( Alliance News): Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has accused the country’s enemies of trying to use the protests to weaken Iran.
According to foreign media, protests against rising prices and corruption have taken place in several Iranian cities over the past few weeks.
Khamenei said in a televised address that today the enemy is resorting to public demonstrations to attack the Islamic system.
Protests erupted on May 23 after a building under construction collapsed in the southwestern city of Abadan, demanding the execution of “incompetent perpetrators” after at least 37 people were killed in the tragedy.
Khamenei said the enemy hopes to turn the people against the Islamic Republic of Iran through psychological means, the internet, money and the movement of mercenaries.
Addressing a gathering marking the death of Imam Khomeini, who died in 1989, Khamenei blamed the United States for the conspiracy.
Imam Khomeini founded the Islamic Republic of Iran in 1979 after the overthrow of the US-backed Shah of Iran government.
Khamenei said that the Americans and Western countries had misjudged various questions in the past, and even today they misjudged that they could force the Iranian nation to oppose the Islamic Republic.
The Supreme Leader reiterated his demand to punish the officials responsible for the collapse of the 10-storey metropolitan tower block in Abadan.
According to the provincial judiciary, 13 people, including the mayor and two former mayors, have been arrested.
Iran has been under US sanctions since 2018, but prices have risen worldwide since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February.
Life in Iran has been disrupted in recent years, and people have protested on several occasions, including in 2019 against the rise in fuel prices.
Iranian officials say 230 people have been killed in protest-related violence, but UN experts put the death toll at 400.