Leader Describes Riots as Enemy’s Passive Reaction to Iran’s Progress

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said the recent sparse riots in Iran were part of the enemy’s passive and amateurish plot in response to the great Iranian nation’s progress and major initiatives.

The members of the new term of the Expediency Discernment Council of Iran met with Ayatollah Khamenei on Wednesday, October 12.

In remarks at the meeting, the Leader pointed to the obvious role of the enemy in the recent riots in Iran, saying the adversaries made a passive and amateurish reaction by masterminding the riots.

“The Iranian nation made great moves in a short period of time, which were 180 degrees opposite to the global arrogance’s policies, and they were forced to react,” the Leader said, referring to the United States and other Western powers.

“In this context, by planning and spending money, they brought people including some politicians in America, Europe and some other places to the field,” Ayatollah Khamenei added.

Protests erupted after the death of Mahsa Amini, who fainted at a police station and was pronounced dead days later at a Tehran hospital on September 16, first in her native province of Kurdistan and later in several cities, including the capital Tehran.

Immediately after Amini’s death, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi ordered a thorough investigation into the case, which led to an official report published on Friday saying her death had been caused by an illness rather than alleged blows to her head or other vital body organs.

What started as peaceful protests took a violent turn after unruly protesters fatally attacked policemen and indulged in vandalism against public property in several cities.

Ayatollah Khamenei said enmities toward Iran will continue in various forms as long as the people of Iran take up the flag of Islam and accompany the Islamic Republic. “The only solution is to stand firm,” he asserted.

Addressing the Iranian authorities, the Leader said they need to be careful not to be distracted by these “minor incidents” from carrying out their main duties in domestic and international arenas, Press TV reported.

“The constructions, great executive works, effective legislation, big judicial works, and important issues in foreign policy should not be sidelined by these minor incidents,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.

Elsewhere in his remarks, the Leader reiterated his earlier call on authorities to differentiate between minor acts of vandalism and big roles in the riots.

“Some of these people are either the elements of the enemy or are aligned with the enemy, while some others have been (only) provoked,” the Leader said.

Ayatollah Khamenei added that cultural programs should be implemented with regard to the second group but the first group should be dealt with by judicial and security authorities.

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