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Khamenei: Iran foiled plot to overthrow system
    2018-January-11  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

IRAN has foiled attempts by its foreign enemies to turn legitimate protests into an insurgency to overthrow the Islamic Republic, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Tuesday.

“Once again, the nation tells the U.S., Britain, and those who seek to overthrow the Islamic Republic of Iran from abroad that ‘you’ve failed, and you will fail in the future, too,’” Khamenei tweeted.

The Revolutionary Guards, the military force loyal to Khamenei, said Sunday security forces had put an end to the unrest in which at least 22 people died since late December.

At least 1,000 people have been arrested in the biggest anti-government protests in nearly a decade, with the judiciary saying ringleaders could face the death penalty.

A judiciary official said Tuesday that a detainee in Arak, a town about 200 kilometers south of Tehran, committed suicide, according to Mizan, the website of the Iranian judiciary.

On Monday, a separate judiciary official announced that a detainee had committed suicide in Tehran’s Evin prison.

The reports have raised concerns among human rights activists and some Iranian politicians that detainees may have been killed by security forces while in custody.

“I warn the president and security and judiciary officials to prevent the occurrence of a second Kahrizak,” Mahmoud Sadeghi, a parliamentarian, tweeted Monday. The Kahrizak prison gained notoriety when a handful of detainees were tortured and killed at the site after unrest in 2009.

Khamenei said U.S. President Donald Trump was grandstanding when he tweeted that protesters were trying “to take back their corrupt government,” promising “great support from the United States at the appropriate time!”

The Iranian leader tweeted: “... this man who sits at the head of the White House — although, he seems to be a very unstable man — he must realize that these extreme and psychotic episodes won’t be left without a response.”

The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly, by 415-2, Jan. 3 for a resolution supporting the peaceful protests in Iran, criticizing the Iranian Government’s response and urging targeted sanctions in response to what lawmakers termed Tehran’s crackdown.

As well as Washington and London, Khamenei blamed the violence on Israel, exiled dissident group People’s Mujahedin of Iran and “a wealthy government” in the Gulf, a probable reference to Iran’s regional rival, Saudi Arabia.

In a rare public appearance, the head of Israeli intelligence agency Mossad said the protests were due to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s failure to improve people’s economic or social circumstances, but he said they were unlikely to overthrow the establishment.

(SD-Agencies)

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