Iran protests: Revolutionary Guards warn Saturday is ‘last day’ of protests



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The head of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards has told Iranians to end the week-long protests that have gripped the country, warning that Saturday would be the “last day” of their protests.

Speaking at a funeral for the victims of the Islamic State attack in the city of Shiraz on Wednesday, Hossein Salami specifically urged Iranian youth to stop protesting.

“Today is the last day of the riots. Don’t come out on the street again. What do you want from this nation? He said hello.

Protests have gripped the Islamic Republic for weeks following the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who died on September 16 after being arrested by “morality police” and taken to a “re-education centre”, allegedly for disobeying the country’s conservative dress code.

Protesters in the eastern city of Zahedan were met with tear gas and gunfire following Friday prayers, according to videos posted on social media and provided by IranWire, an activist website. At least one 12-year-old boy was shot, according to a video posted on the social channels of the activist group 1500tasvir.

Salami criticized the alleged influence of American and Israeli politicians on the protest movement, saying they “don’t call you directly, but through their media they force you to face your society.”

He previously issued a warning to Saudi Arabia last week as his government continued to crack down on protesters at home. “You go into this thing and you know you’re vulnerable, you better be careful,” he said on the sidelines of a military exercise last week.

Salami was referring to what state news outlets called a “media war” they say is being waged against “Iranian youth and people” by foreign conspirators trying to create unrest in the country by supporting protesters there.

Then, on Thursday, Iran again warned Saudi Arabia, as well as the United States and Britain, to “stop interfering in the country’s internal affairs.”

The next day, Iran accused the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the US State Department of playing a major role in the recent protests in Iran by meeting and working with the leaders of the Kurdistan Region in Iran last month in a statement.

A rare joint statement by the IRGC Intelligence Unit and the Intelligence Ministry was published on Iran’s semi-official Tasnim news agency. The IRGC is a branch of the Iranian military, established after the Iranian revolution in 1979 by order of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

The statement said the CIA, under the cover of the US State Department, visited the headquarters of a “separatist group known as the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran” in the city of Erbil, in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, and met and spoke with its leaders. a group named Mustafa Hijri.”

It also added that “American intelligence agencies” wanted to play a bigger role in the disturbances that occurred in some cities of Iranian Kurdistan.

The CIA declined to comment on the matter. The US State Department did not issue any response on Friday, but on October 14, when he met with Iranian civil society activists, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said, “I know the Iranian regime will try to paint this and other expressions of solidarity with those who are standing up.” for their freedom as evidence that these protests are somehow being carried out outside Iran, the work of others, and if that’s the case, if they really believe that they fundamentally don’t understand their own people,” Blinken said, “because that this is about the struggle of Iran, the struggle of the people of Iran for the basic freedoms that have been denied for a long time, that is what this is about.”

“The sooner the administration understands that and acts on it, the better off everyone will be,” he said.

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