Iran's Khamenei praises Basij forces for confronting 'riots' - TV


DUBAI, Nov 26 (Reuters) - Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Saturday that Basij militia forces sacrificed their lives in "riots" sparked by the death in custody of a young Iranian Kurdish woman in September.

The Basij force, affiliated with the country's Revolutionary Guards, has been at the forefront of the state crackdown on protests that have spread across the country.

"They have sacrificed their lives to protect people from rioters," Khamenei said in a televised speech.

Authorities have blamed Iran's foreign enemies and their agents for orchestrating the unrest, sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini on Sept. 16 after being arrested by the morality police that enforces strict Islamic dress codes in the country.

The activist news agency HRANA said as of Friday 448 protesters have been killed, including 63 children. It said 57 members of the security forces have also been killed, and an estimated 18,170 people arrested.

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Doo Moo

when your government is rotten to the core of course you're going to blame everybody else for your problems. I wonder how many protesters the Shah of Iran killed when they got rid of him? these religious extremists in Iran are no better


Time for everyone in the world to rise up and overthrow bad actors in every nation. The people of Iran shouldn’t have to suffer this tyranny any longer.

Daniel Griffin

There's only one God he has many names 🙏. Greedy False profits are many wanting to rule the masses so they live like kings


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