IRGC head blames foreign influence for protest ‘sedition’

Al-Monitor – The head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Hossein Salami, issued a warning to the United States about provoking unrest in Iran.

Iran was rocked by protests Nov. 16 after President Hassan Rouhani announced fuel subsidy cuts, leading to sharp increases in the price of gasoline. According to Amnesty International, over 200 people were killed and thousands were arrested in the ensuing crackdown. While some authorities acknowledged that the rollout of the fuel subsidy cuts was mishandled, many continued to blame Western and regional countries for promoting unrest in the country.

Speaking to a crowd of IRGC officers and Basiji members in a Tehran suburb Dec. 12, Salami said, “Putting down the sedition is a testament of loyalty to the nation and we say to our enemies: We will pursue you, find you and get our revenge.” Iranian officials often refer to protests as “sedition.” Salami continued, referring to the United States, Israel, the United Kingdom and hostile Arab countries in the Persian Gulf, “If you do not stop with the seditions, we will burn down your interests, and this is our final word.”

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