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“The main enemy is global arrogance.” Iran’s supreme leader says talks with US won’t end unrest in country

Tehran authorities have denounced that the demonstrations triggered on September 16 by the death of Mahsa Amini, detained by the morality police for having violated the country’s strict dress code, considering them to be “riots” encouraged by the West, in particular by the United States.

“The problem is not that there are four demonstrators on the street, even if each demonstrator, each terrorist, must be punished. […] The battlefield is much bigger. The main enemy is global arrogance,” said Khamenei referring to the United States and its allies.

The highest figure of the Iranian State spoke today while receiving a delegation of young paramilitaries in Tehran, on the occasion of the week of the Basidji, a volunteer militia linked to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, the ideological army of the Republic, and which has acted as shock troops against the protests triggered by the death of Mahsa Amini in mid-September.

“Some people say in the newspapers or on the internet that all that can be done to end the unrest, which started a few weeks ago, is to resolve Iran’s problems with the United States and listen to the voice of the nation. [iraniana]🇧🇷 How are we going to solve the problem with America? Will the problem be resolved by sitting down, negotiating and getting a compromise from America?” asked Khamenei.

“No. Negotiation won’t solve anything. Our problem with America can only be solved by accepting to be saved by that country. [Estados Unidos]”, he stated.

According to Khamenei, the United States demands, in order to end hostilities, that Iran abandon its nuclear program, change the Constitution, confine influence within its borders and shut down the defense industry.

“No Iranian can accept such conditions”, he emphasized, also accusing those who say that the voice must be heard, not in relation to the ongoing protests but those linked to the “great pro-government demonstrations” of 4th of this month and the crowd that participated at the funeral of General Qasem Soleimani, assassinated in January 2020.

Qasem Soleimani was an Iranian Major General of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and, from 1998 to 2020, commander of the Quds Force — a division responsible mainly for extraterritorial military actions and clandestine operations, who was killed in a United States airstrike on January 3 2020 at Baghdad International Airport in Iraq.

“This huge crowd is the voice of the Iranian nation”, he insisted.

This year’s protests in Iran were initially triggered by the death, on September 16, of the 22-year-old Turkish girl, Mahsa Amini, arrested three days earlier by the Iranian customs police for improper use of the “hijab”, the Islamic headscarf.

Gradually, protests against the use of force in Iran gave way to demonstrations in support of women, ever larger and in more cities, and were extended to denunciations of the Revolutionary Guard’s actions.

Since the protests began, at least 426 people have been killed and more than 17,400 arrested, according to Human Rights Activists in Iran, a group that monitors the ongoing protest movement, according to which at least 55 members of the Iranian security forces were also killed.

The challenge to the Iranian theocratic regime also reached one of Iran’s state news agencies, Fars, which was the target of an attack on Friday by a group of computer pirates (‘hackers’) who left the portal unavailable for “several minutes” .

Fars is one of the main state news agencies that reports on the ongoing protests in Iran and that always qualifies them as “riots”, just like the official version of the demonstrations.

Today Fars indicated that access to the portal “was interrupted” after a “complex hacking operation and cyber attack carried out on Friday night”, according to a statement published on its channel on the social network Telegram.

“Remove possible contamination […] it may be a problem for some agency services for a few days. Cyberattacks against the Fars agency occur on an almost daily basis from different countries, including the occupied territories. [por Israel]”, indicated the agency in advancing details.

On 21 October, a group calling itself ‘Black Reward’ claimed to have obtained documents related to Iran’s nuclear program, demanding the authorities release all political prisoners detained during the protests.

After a 24-hour ultimatum, documents were released on social media, allegedly by the group, which included a short video showing an Iranian nuclear facility, as well as maps and payrolls.

Last Wednesday, the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization (IAEA) admitted that one of its subsidiaries had been attacked, but downplayed the importance of the documents in question.

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