Interior Minister: Leaders Behind Iran’s Unrest Trained in 8 Countries
Iranian Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi shed light on various aspects of the recent unrest in the country, and revealed that some organizers of the riots have received training in eight different states.
Vahidi disclosed the plots hatched by enemies to turn the recent unrest in Iran into ethnic divisions in a meeting with a group of clerics on Tuesday.
The minister noted that the people that took part in the unrest in Iran fall into several categories, some of whom had especially trained in eight countries that are opposed to Tehran.
“In the course of the recent plot, in addition to the United States, which in shortest possible time voiced its support for the rioters, such countries as Germany and Britain, too, alongside Saudi Arabia and the Zionist regime, had openly established a headquarters and were busy supporting the rioters,” Vahidi said.
He added that the global arrogance tried to guide the recent events towards tribal issues, and to pretend that it is a supporter of different Iranian tribes and ethnic minorities, which was a big lie that was soon rejected by the Iranian people of different races.
“Although the enemy spent large expenses for this combinate war and unrests, their plots led to defeat, but while they know about this defat, they have no way, but to insist on continuation of this hybrid war,” the minister added.
The foes have conceded that its policy of maximum pressure on Iran has ended in failure, the official stated.
Protests erupted in several cities across Iran over the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian woman who fainted at a police station in mid-September and days later was pronounced dead at a hospital. The demonstrations soon turned violent.
An official report by Iran’s Legal Medicine Organization announced that Amini’s controversial death was caused by an illness rather than alleged blows to the head or other vital body organs.
Iranian officials blame Western countries for orchestrating the riots to destabilize the country.
Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei severely censured the deadly riots, saying they were orchestrated in advance by the United States and the Israeli regime.
“I state it clearly that these developments were planned by America, the Zionist regime and their acolytes. Their main problem is with a strong and independent Iran and the country’s progress. The Iranian nation proved to be fairly strong during recent events and will bravely come onto the scene wherever necessary in the future,” he added.
In recent days, Iranian officials have blamed the United States, the European Unions, and several Western states for meddling in Iran’s internal affairs over the death of Mahsa. They advised the US and its allies against “opportunism and instrumentalization of the issue of human rights” by misusing the incident.
Tehran reminded that the countries, which, themselves, towed a “long history of warmongering and violence” throughout the world, lacked the legitimacy that could authorize them to “moralize others” concerning the human rights.
Iran’s Intelligence Ministry has announced that the United States and the United Kingdom were “directly” involved in the recent riots across the country.
Dozens of terrorists affiliated with the Zionist regime and anti-revolution groups have been detained during the recent days of unrest, the ministry said in a Friday statement.
The Iranian Intelligence Ministry underlined that 49 MKO terrorists had been arrested for actively propagating fake news, inciting the rioters to organize acts of terror and destruction, directing slogans and being present on the streets to damage public property.
The ministry added 77 members of anti-Iran terrorist groups had also been arrested in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region.
The statement pointed to the detention of five members of Takfiri terrorist outfits with 36 kilograms of explosives that were to be used to carry out bombings in gatherings.
The ministry further underscored 92 people affiliated with the former US-backed Pahlavi regime had been identified and arrested in the riots. It added that nine nationals from Germany, Poland, Italy, France, the Netherlands, and Sweden, among others, were arrested during the riots.
It said a significant number of pistols, various types of machine guns and cartridges as well as shotguns and ammunition were seized.