Sister of Iran’s leader condemns his rule, urges Guards to disarm – letter

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DUBAI, Dec. 7 (Reuters) – A sister of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has condemned his crackdown on nationwide protests and has called on the widely feared Revolutionary Guards to lay down their arms, according to a letter from its French-based son. .

Iran has been gripped by unrest since the death of 22-year-old Kurdish Iranian woman Mahsa Amini in police custody on September 16, facing a three-day general strike movement that began Monday.

Badri Hosseini Khamenei, who lives in Iran and is the sister of Ayatollah Khamenei, criticized the clerical establishment from the time of the late founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, to her brother’s reign, the letter said. December 2022″.

“I think it is now appropriate to declare that I am against my brother’s actions and I express my condolences to all the mothers who mourn the crimes of the Islamic Republic, from the time of Khomeini to the current era of the despotic caliphate of Ali Khamenei,” she said. writes in the letter shared on Wednesday on the Twitter account of her son, Mahmoud Moradkhani.

“The Revolutionary Guards and mercenaries of Ali Khamenei must lay down their arms as soon as possible and join the people before it is too late,” the letter said.

The Revolutionary Guard is Iran’s elite force that has helped the country establish proxies in the Middle East, and runs a massive business empire.

On Tuesday, the elite force shared a statement calling on the judiciary to “show no mercy to rioters, thugs and terrorists,” in a sign that the authorities have no intention of softening their fierce crackdown on dissent.

Iran’s judiciary spokesman Masoud Setayeshi said on Tuesday that five people charged with the murder of Basij militia member Rouhollah Ajamian have been sentenced to death in a verdict they can appeal.

In November, Khamenei’s activist niece Farideh Moradkhani was arrested by authorities after calling on foreign governments to cut all ties with Tehran.

Videos shared on Twitter by 1500tasvir, an account with 385,000 followers and focused on Iran’s protests, showed closed shops in shopping districts of Tehran, Isfahan, Ilam, Kermanshah, Najafabad, Arak, Babol and Shiraz where security forces forced shopkeepers to open their shops on.

Reuters was unable to verify the videos.

President Ebrahim Raisi, meanwhile, gave a speech at Tehran University on the occasion of the Students’ Day.

Some students outside the main reception hall shouted “dishonorable” and “students will die but will not accept this government”. A video shared by 1500tasvir showed students engaging in verbal battles with plainclothes security forces.

Students protested at several universities across Iran, such as Amir Kabir University in the capital, where they called for “the fall of the entire regime” and chanted “death to Khamenei,” according to footage shared by 1500tasvir.

In the northeastern city of Mashhad, students gathered outside Ferdowsi University and were threatened by people in a pickup truck who warned them that they would be “summoned” and things would end badly for them.

Reporting by Dubai Newsroom; Edited by Michael Georgy, Toby Chopra, William Maclean

Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Principles of Trust.

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