Iran’s Khamenei blames recent protests on foreign ‘enemies’


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Iran’s Khamenei blames recent protests on foreign ‘enemies’
Islamic Republic’s supreme leader accuses Tehran’s opponents of seeking to ‘strike a blow’ amid unrest over deadly building collapse
By TOI staff and AP
4 June 2022

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Friday blamed foreign “enemies” for recent protests in the country while addressing a ceremony in Tehran, which marked 33 years since the death of his predecessor and leader of the 1979 Iranian revolution, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. Daily protests have taken place in the Khuzestan region, where the death toll from a building collapse last month in the city of Abadan has risen to 37 people.

Addressing the ceremony at Khomeini’s mausoleum, Khamenei claimed foreigners hoped to harm the country’s regime through the unrest. “Today, the enemies’ most important hope for striking a blow at the country is based on popular protests,” he said. Khamenei touted Iran’s commitment to “national unity” and claimed it respects “different views and tendencies.”