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Khamenei blames US, Israel for inciting unrest

ANI  |  Tehran [Iran] 

Iran's Supreme Ayatollah on Tuesday blamed the and for inciting the December 28 anti-protests that have engulfed different parts of the country.

The agency quoted the as saying that the plot for the recent unrests in was being done by the US and

Khamenei said, "The money for carrying out the plot was provided by Saudi, one of the rich states in the Persian region".

He also went on to blame the (MKO), which also contributed to the ongoing protests in The MKO is a terrorist group banned by the Iranian

Khamenei also described the recent wave of violence that hit some areas of the country as "fireworks and vicious acts".

The comments come after a day, after the reportedly arrested its former in south-central Iran's for making provocative statements at a rally, that instigated the unrest.

is still witnessing a wave of demonstrations, being held in many cities across the country as people took to raising anti-government slogans, over alleged corruption and rising prices that plagued the people of the country earlier this week.

Khamenei on last week, also said that he blamed the country's 'enemies' to instigate the ongoing anti-government protests. However, he said that he would name them at a 'suitable time'.

Iranian said in last week that the people of Iran were free to protest peacefully, but rejected protesting by violence.

The US earlier dubbed the Iranian regime as "brutal" and "corrupt".

"The people of Iran are finally acting against the brutal and corrupt Iranian regime. All of the money that so foolishly gave them went into terrorism and into their "pockets", Trump wrote on

The Israeli had also wished the Iranian people- "success in their noble quest for freedom."

The country has deployed Iraq's and Afghan mercenaries in order to stem the anti-government protests. The authorities have blocked two popular Telegram and Instagram, as a security measure.

Also, three protesters were reportedly shot dead by the in last week. More casualties are feared as well.

The official death toll in the anti-government protests is, as of now, 20. Thousands of protesters have been arrested in the last few days.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, January 09 2018. 23:51 IST
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