Iran’s Supreme Leader lashed-out at “enemies” of the Islamic Republic on Tuesday; accusing outside forces of “meddling” in Iranian politics as protests sweep the nation and the death toll rises to at least 20, reports Fox News.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei blasted the “enemies of Iran” on his official website this week, following a weekend of deadly demonstrations throughout the country; the greatest show of defiance against the Iranian regime since the “Twitter Revolution” of 2009.
“Hundreds of people have been arrested and a prominent judge on Tuesday warned that some could face death penalty trials,” writes Fox. “In comments posted to his official website, Khamenei appeared to blame foreign nations for at least exacerbating the unrest gripping Iran.”
“In the recent days’ incidents, enemies of Iran utilized various means — including money, weapons, politics and intelligence apparatuses — to create problems for the Islamic system,” said Khamenei.
On New Year’s Day, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu extended his support to the Iranian protesters, wishing them “success in their noble quest for freedom.”