People’s demands, violent moves need to be separated: Leader

IRNA – Supreme leader of the Islamic Revolution Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Tuesday stressed the need to separate ‘people’s honest and rightful demands from the violent and vandalizing moves by a certain group’.

‘Regarding the recent events, there has been various analyses. There is a correct point commonly made: that is separating people’s honest and rightful demands from the violent and vandalizing moves by a certain group; these two must be separated,’ said the leader while addressing a group of people from the city of Qom.

‘The rallies of the Iranians throughout the country were held following the December 30, 2017 and in reaction to a newly-started fire-cracking and wickedness. But when the people felt that the mercenaries of the enemy wouldn’t stop [their attempts], they repeated the rallies in consecutive days,’ said Ayatollah Khamenei while commenting on recent protests in Tehran and a number of other Iranian cities which turned violent in some cases due to interference of certain foreign powers.

Ayatollah Khamenei added, ‘Such mass public moves, with such order, insight, excitement, and motivation, do not exist anywhere in the world; the moves have been going on for the past forty years. This is the fight of a nation against anti-nation, Iran against anti-Iran, and Islam against anti-Islam.’

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution added, ‘Once again, the nation told the US, England and those residing in London, ‘You didn’t succeed this time either and will never succeed.”

The meeting was held on the occasion of uprising of the people of Qom against the shah regime on January 9, 1978.

The event is considered by many as the beginning of a series of protests that led to the fall of the shah and monarchy in Iran to be replaced by the Islamic Republic on March 11, 1979.