Iranian officials urge nation’s vigilance against enemy plots

January 3, The Iran Project – Recently several high-ranking Iranian officials have reacted to the recent gatherings in protest against economic conditions in a number of Iranian cities and urged the nation to be vigilance against divisive enemy plots in the country.

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, Iranian Police Commander Brigadier General Hossein Ashtari, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif as well as Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi reacted to the recent gatherings in the countries.

In his weekly meeting with a number of martyrs’ families in Tehran on Tuesday (Jan. 2), Leader said that enemy has always been looking forward to setting a blow to the Iranian nation or penetrate their stands.

“As for the recent days’ developments [in the country], enemies have been united to create problems for the Islamic system by using various means they had including money, weapons, politics and security apparatus,” Ayatollah Khamenei stated.

Ashtari said on Tuesday that people should watch out not to be deceived by the plots indicating fake death tolls during recent protests, adding that Police has found traces of certain moves in recent events which was led from outside the country, he noted.

A series of protests were formed in various provinces which had roots in poor economic status of people, Ashtari said adding, however, a number of opportunists winning support of our enemies and the US have tried to fish from the troubled waters through storming public assets and killing of people to trigger unrest and peoples dissatisfaction.

“Iran’s security and stability depend on its own people, who — unlike the peoples of [US President Donald] Trumps regional “bffs”—have the right to vote and to protest,” Zarif said in a post on his official Twitter account on Tuesday.

He emphasized that the Iranian people would protect their “hard-earned rights” and would never let infiltrators “sabotage them through violence and destruction.”

Meanwhile, Qasemi has also denounced US president ‘insulting’ tweets about the recent protests in Iran, urging him to avoid interfering in the Islamic Republic’s internal affairs.

Since Thursday, groups of Iranian protesters have staged demonstrations in several cities to voice their anger over rising prices and economic conditions. Sporadic violence has erupted during the protests, causing a number of casualties.