Iran’s Khamanei tells US, UK: You have failed in your attempt to overthrow the Islamic Republic

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

Iran has foiled attempts by its foreign enemies to turn legitimate protests into an insurgency to overthrow the Islamic Republic, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Tuesday.

Comments on his Twitter feed and in Iranian media underscored the establishment’s confidence that it has extinguished the unrest that spread to more than 80 cities in which at least 22 people died since late December.

“Once again, the nation tells the US, Britain, and those who seek to overthrow the Islamic Republic of Iran from abroad that ‘you’ve failed, and you will fail in the future, too.’” Khamenei tweeted.

The Revolutionary Guards, the military force loyal to Khamenei, said on Sunday security forces had put an end to the unrest that it too said had been whipped up by foreign enemies.

At least 1,000 people have been arrested in the biggest anti-government protests for nearly a decade, with the judiciary saying ringleaders could face the death penalty.

A judiciary official announced on Tuesday that a detainee in Arak, a town approximately 200 km south of Tehran, had died after committing suicide, according to Mizan, the website of the Iranian judiciary.

 On Monday, a separate judiciary official announced that a detainee had committed suicide in Tehran’s Evin prison.

The reports have raised concerns among human rights activists and some Iranian politicians that detainees may have been killed by security forces while in custody.

“I warn the president and security and judiciary officials to prevent the occurrence of a second Kahrizak,” Mahmoud Sadeghi, a parliamentarian, tweeted on Monday. The Kahrizak prison gained notoriety when a handful of detainees were killed and tortured at the site after unrest in 2009.

Khamenei said U.S. President Donald Trump was grandstanding when he tweeted support for protesters he said were trying “to take back their corrupt government” and promising “great support from the United States at the appropriate time!”

The Iranian leader tweeted: “… this man who sits at the head of the White House – although, he seems to be a very unstable man – he must realize that these extreme and psychotic episodes won’t be left without a response.”

As well as Washington and London, Khamenei blamed the violence on Israel, exiled dissident group People’s Mujahedin of Iran and “a wealthy government” in the Gulf, a probable reference to Iran’s regional rival, Saudi Arabia.

 

In a rare public appearance, the head of Israeli intelligence agency Mossad said the protests were due to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s failure to improve people’s economic or social circumstances, but he said they were unlikely to overthrow the establishment.

“In Iran too, we have eyes and ears,” Yossi Cohen told a Finance Ministry conference in Jerusalem.

“One shouldn’t develop high hopes, though I would be happy to see a meaningful revolution,” he added.

Khamenei has called the protests – which were initially about the economy but soon turned political – “playing with fireworks”, but he said citizens had a right to air legitimate concerns, a rare concession by a leader who usually voices clear support for security crackdowns.

“These concerns must be addressed. We must listen, we must hear. We must provide answers within our means,” Khamenei was quoted as saying, hinting that not only the government of Rouhani, but his own clerical leadership must also respond.

“I am also responsible. All of us must follow up,” Khamenei said.

REUTERS

  • Rascal

    Correction, the Iranian people have failed in their call for a better economy and more modern freedoms. This was a victory for the corrupt mullah leaders against the general population.
    How proud they are that the theocratic dictatorship remains to further impoverish the people.

  • Danny Farah

    And you have succeeded to kill the poor and the people who were the backbone of the revolutions. You rode their back for decades and you have abandoned them and ignoring their plight. you may be strong and rule with an iron fist. But every time there are protests the crowd will get bigger and bigger. the next time around who knows these people might start carrying guns and many people will get hurt because of your ambitions and childish behavior. You are no different the king of Saud. You both are ignorant bastards and I hope you both rot in Hell.

    • Rascal

      There is rumor that the initial protests were initiated by some of the hard-liners in order to shake the president and his push for modernization. Achmadinjad was one of them and he is now under arrest

  • Niemals

    Khamanei laughs at the United States, because, according to him, the United States and the UK failed to overthrow the Islamic Republic….

    However his friend Ayatollah Shahroudi flees from Hannover.
    Shahroudi the former judge had imposed hundreds of death sentences in Iran, including against juveniles.
    Human rights activists, Kurds and the Grünen politician Beck were appalled by his stay in Germany and indicated him. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/48c7204a65b162010ccad12e10fdf843a24c74219550d01f9728dc87aa13b43b.jpg “Kein Sanatorium für Verbrecher”
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5c1b2b13dfae02c25fe41508a5ace279d66a7e5ca2e7722ecedef21a3201a072.jpg As the police in Hanover confirmed the newspaper “New Press”, Ayatollah Mahmud Hashemi Shahroudi has left the city.
    There, the former Iranian judge had been treated in a private clinic.

    The Bundesanwaltschaft office is investigating whether it has to investigate Iran’s former chief of justice for crimes against humanity.
    In several criminal charges he is accused, according to the authority, to have confirmed, among others, death sentences against children.
    However, the available evidence was not sufficient for the application for an arrest warrant, it is said from Karlsruhe.

    According to the Iranian opposition movement National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) in Berlin Shahroudi wanted to fly with his six-member Entourage on Thursday from Hamburg to the Iranian capital Tehran.

    For those who doesn’t know; Shahroudi was appointed new chairman of the influential arbitration council last August.
    The former head of justice followed the moderate politician Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, who died in January. The appointment of 68-year-old cleric Shahroudi was considered a consolidation of conservative control.
    The 44-member Board of Conciliation is considered as mediator in conflicts between the government and the Guardian Council.
    Politicians are often sent here at the end of their careers. The Iraqi-born Shahroudi is also considered a close confidant of Iran’s spiritual leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
    Shahroudi was Iran’s senior judge from 1999 to 2009. During this time, around 2,000 convicts were executed, including minors.

    The question remain; To what extent could Shahroudi have been prosecuted in Germany at all?
    The Foreign Ministry said:>/I>
    “The question of whether Mr. Sharoudi enjoys immunity, is to be examined by the competent judicial authorities in their own jurisdiction.”
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/85498e6a4107a34ebb8a4f0d8d5c471be62e0767684a3729956b44a0f201d373.jpg Will it be a fast departure?

  • Niemals

    After civil unrest, it seems calm in Iran. But: The country is seething, says Iran expert Amirpur in the ZDF interview:
    For stability, the West must move – and quickly.
    “Like coal, which continues to glow under the ashes”

    Katajun Amirpur:
    Well, as a result of repression, the movement’s momentum goes out. I was in Tehran until Monday. It was quiet for a while, a few days. However, there was also enough police in public places, which allowed the demonstrators to know exactly where the hammer was.

    heute.de: The starting point was economic problems, then it was generally against politics and governance: Is this purposeful or diffuse protest?

    Amirpur: Protests against the economy and politics are difficult to separate, because the economic protest is directed against the politicians, who are indeed responsible for economic policy. There is a great deal of dissatisfaction in the country, but it has not been felt new or until the recent protests. She has been there the whole time and is always cooking up. There were major riots in 2009 after the electoral frauds, as the protest was crushed bloody.

    Dissatisfaction with economic and political conditions is thus latent. And even if the protests are now contained in the provinces due to the massive security squads, the dissatisfaction is not gone. This is like coal, which continues to glow under the ashes. And then it is the question when the next occasion comes…

  • Niemals

    He fled the German justice! At 14:04 o’clock the airline of the national airline “Iran Air” lifted from the Hamburg airport Fuhlsbüttel in the direction of Tehran. On board: Death judge Mahmud Hashemi Schahrudi (69).
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1f021bbd88db1ec4f1521b58c078038d0b262343aac6e3c3c9d47de847d9aadc.png
    The Attorney General wants to investigate further..

  • Niemals

    “Shahroudi’s case shows that there is no safe haven in the world for criminals.” https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9794de0284906c8e1fe2f790f433cf3f381f1e6a0f30d092185f1b715f333cdc.jpg Iranian cleric’s Germany stay triggers heated social media debate.

    It is not clear who is spearheading the protests, or if anyone is leading them at all. The demands have, however, become more political: stop backing the Hezbollah militia in Lebanon, no intervention in Syria and Iraq. The protesters are urging the government to focus on domestic problems. There have also been calls for Ayatollah Khamenei to step down.

    Five days after the demonstrators first took to the streets, Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, reacted to the protesters’ demands, accusing “enemies of Iran” of using “different tools including cash, weapons, politics and [the] intelligence apparatus to create troubles for the Islamic Republic.”

    Iran rebuffs Donald Trump’s demand for more nuclear negotiation. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/35665bed6a5bb351ef6b01cf2da77043abf6de6f9670b5cd72654932fe6f081f.jpg A ballistic missile from Yemen on its way to Saudi Arabia

    However according to UN report, Iran violates arms embargo in Yemen!

    United Nations experts accuse Iran of supplying weapons to the Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen, thereby violating a UN Security Council arms embargo.

    The experts traveled to Saudi Arabia in November and December to investigate Houthis rocket attacks in May, July, November and December towards Riyadh.

    According to their report, they identified remnants of missiles, associated military equipment and drones, “that originated in Iran and were imported into Yemen after the arms embargo was imposed.”
    They assume that “the Islamic Republic of Iran is not complying with paragraph 14 of resolution 2216,” the 79-page report said.

  • The Naked Prey

    It looks like many in the Western establishment will be trying to put the cork back in the champagne bottle. Doctors often tell us that stress and hypertension can lead to premature celebrations in the bedroom. That which is true for aging gentleman appears to be true for aging power structures as well.