Protesters set fire to the house of Iran’s former supreme leader Ayatollah Khomeini
On Thursday, Iranian protesters burned down the former home of former supreme leader and regime founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. Protests over the death of Mahsa Amini have raged for weeks across the country and are entering their third month. The house-turned-museum of the founder of the Islamic Republic in Khomein was set on fire using Molotov cocktails according to images circulating on social networks. Slogans against Iranian religious leaders can also be seen and heard in other videos.
“This year is the year of blood, (Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei) will be overthrown,” protesters in Tehran can be heard saying in a video posted by 1500tasvir.
Several fires can be seen burning behind the museum’s distinctive arches.
Protests raged in at least 23 cities across Iran on Thursday and Iran’s Fars news agency reported that five members of the security forces were killed.
Iranian authorities were unable to control the protests due to Amini’s death in police custody after he was arrested by the vice squad for not wearing the hijab properly.
Rights groups say more than 300 people have been killed in the protests so far. Reports suggest the regime is now considering turning to more violent tactics, similar to what happened in 2019, when an estimated 304 people were killed, according to Amnesty International figures.
What started as anti-hijab protests have now turned into protests against the government, a regime that has ruled the country since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
General Hossein Salami, head of the Revolutionary Guards, says Iran faces a “conspiracy” from Western countries. “The United States, England, Germany, France, Israel, Saudi Arabia and their allies are preparing to fight God, his prophet and the martyrs,” said Salami, quoted by the news agency. Fars.
According to Amnesty International, Iran is seeking the death penalty for at least 21 people in an attempt to intimidate protesters.
(With agency contributions)