Iran: Supreme Leader Blames Protests on U.S. and Israel

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei claims “riots” had been “engineered”

  • In Iran, protestors have waged the most significant challenges to the rule of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in the past decade.
  • The ayatollah claimed, “I say clearly that these riots and the insecurity were engineered by America and the occupying, false Zionist regime [Israel], as well as their paid agents, with the help of some traitorous Iranians abroad.”
  • After a young woman, who allegedly violated stringent dress code laws, died in police custody, women have led the protests sweeping the country, setting fire to their headscarves and chanting “Woman, life, freedom” and “Death to the dictator.”
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