The recent riots and protests in Iran over the death of a young girl, Mahsa Amini, following her arrest by the vice police, were orchestrated by Washington and Tel Aviv, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Monday.
“I can state with certainty that these unrest and instability were planned by the US and the Israeli regime, and their subordinates and some perfidious Iranians abroad helped them in this matter,” Khamenei said.
Earlier, the Iranian authorities announced the end of the riots and protests in the cities of the country, which began in connection with the death of a young girl Mahsa Amini after her arrest by the vice police.
On September 13, Amini was detained in Tehran by the morality police and sent to one of the Faraj centers belonging to the police department and military intelligence for an explanatory conversation. In this center, the girl had a heart attack, after which she was immediately taken to the hospital. Three days later, on September 16, she died. Residents blamed the vice police for Mahsa’s death. People in different cities of the country began to gather on the streets to protest. Videos have been posted on social media showing girls cutting off their hair and burning a “hijab” or “Rusari” headscarf (which must necessarily cover the head of an Iranian woman).
As a result, for more than 10 days, protests and riots were continuously held in a number of large cities of Iran. According to the latest reports, four members of the Basij militia were killed during them, and another 180 were stabbed. According to unofficial local media reports, 41 people were killed and about 100 people were injured. Videos of police being brutally treated and beaten by protesters were posted on social media. In addition, people staged robberies and pogroms on the streets of cities, causing damage to public and state infrastructure. So, for example, in the first days of the protests, more than 60 ambulances were smashed. In response, the Iranian authorities held large-scale demonstrations in support of the state system and the country’s regime.