Velayati mocks protesters, says Mullah to enhance its influence in ME

Ali Akbar Velayati
Ali Akbar Velayati

Iran's influence will be enhanced in the region. Enemies have to know that unrest will not persist, Ali Akbar Velayati, Ali Khamenei's adviser, claimed on Wednesday.     

 

In statements, Velayati said what is currently happening in Iran unveiled the nature of the country's real enemies, which is due to God's kindness.

The protests have become the biggest challenge to the Iranian government's authority since mass demonstrations in 2009.  

The death toll from days of anti-government protests climbed to 21. About 450 people have been arrested over the past three days, according to state media.

The rallies began Thursday over the country's stagnant economy and rising living costs, but they developed into a broader outcry against the government and intensified over the weekend. 

Many of the protesters are young Iranians tired of the lack of economic opportunity in the country.

The Iranian authorities have responded with mass arrests and by restricting the use of the social media apps Instagram and Telegram, used to organize the rallies.

A leaked report provided to Fox News shows how Iranian Mullah's regime leader Khamenei met with political leaders and heads of the country's security forces to discuss how to tamp down on the deadly nationwide protests.

The meeting notes, which have been translated into English from Farsi, said the unrest has hurt every sector of the country's economy and “threatens the regime’s security. The first step, therefore, is to find a way out of this situation.”

Last Modified: 01 03 2018 01:32 PM

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