In Iran, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei breaks his silence to support the repression

Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei broke his silence on Monday October 3 as protests that have rocked Iran entered their third week. “I will say it bluntly: this unrest and insecurity is the work of the United States, the Zionist regime [Israël, selon le langage officiel de Téhéran], their mercenaries and some treacherous Iranians abroad who helped them. At these events, the police organizations, the Bassidji [miliciens fidèles au régime en habits civils] and the people suffered more than any other injustice.”said the country’s first authority.

Since September 16, the anniversary of the death of Iranian Mahsa While Amini is being held in custody by the Deputy Police, the protests are affecting almost every province in the country on a daily basis. “The judiciary must judge and convict the perpetrators of riots according to their involvement in the sabotage”Ali Khamenei also asked during his speech to the students of the Armed Forces Academy in Tehran.

The Supreme Leader’s words, predictable by the connection they create between every dissonant voice in Iran and foreign enemies, primarily represent a green light for the military forces involved in the repression since the insurgency began. His position comes as at least 92 people were killed during this wave of protests, unprecedented in scale and longevity, according to the New York-based Center for Human Rights in Iran. The Iranian authorities name around 60 deaths, including 12 members of the armed forces. Iran’s Intelligence Ministry also announced on Friday, September 30th, the arrest of nine foreigners in connection with the protest. They come from France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Poland.

In his speech, Ali Khamenei minimized any responsibility of the vice squad for ensuring proper dress code observance for the death of Mahsa Amini. “We are saddened by the death of this young girl, but that some, without investigation and without evidence, are making the streets dangerous, burning the Koran, mosques and cars and removing the headscarves from veiled women, this is not a normal reaction.”he explained.

Assemblies in several cities across the country

Ali Khamenei spoke while Mahsa Amini’s family lawyer, Saleh Nikbakht, stated in an interview with the reformist daily on Sunday, October 2 Etemaad, that the girl had “Probably taken” by the police who arrested her. “His family would like to know what stroke or illness caused the blood spurting from his ear and leaving marks on his neck.”‘ said the lawyer. Two journalists, Niloufar Hamedi and Elaheh Mohammadi, who played important roles in media coverage of the case, were both arrested.

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