Iran blames Biden for inciting ‘chaos, terror and destruction’ as mass protests continue

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The President of Iran has blamed his US counterpart for inciting “chaos, terror and destruction” amid ongoing national protests. Ebrahim Raisi branded America the “great satan”.

The Islamic Republic has been shaken by nationwide demonstrations following the death of Mahsa Amini while being held for “inappropriate attire”.

Videos shared online over the weekend showed activists chanting “clerics get lost”.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in no uncertain terms that no one should dare believe they could uproot the Iranian administration.

But US President Joe Biden yesterday made clear his siding with the protesters in a message which has sparked a response from Tehran.

Biden declared that “Iran has to end the violence against its own citizens simply exercising their fundamental rights”.

President Raisi hit back that comments from the White House succeed only in worsening tensions.

He said: Biden “allows himself through his comments to incite chaos, terror and destruction in another country”.

Raisi added that the White House “should be reminded of the eternal words of the founder of the Islamic Republic, who called America the great satan”.

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Jason Brodsky, Policy Director at United Against Nuclear Iran, also said the comments revealed the Iranian administration has “no answers” for ongoing protests.

He wrote: “The leadership in Iran have no answers for the Iranian people other than stale deflection, with Raisi blaming Biden’s belated remarks praising the bravery of the Iranian people as causing chaos.”

Recent protests pose “one of the most serious challenges to the Islamic Republic since the 1979 revolution”, according to analysts from the Reuters news agency.

This reported over the weekend that action has widened to include shops and businesses going on strike.

Videos shared on Saturday showed smoke rising above a Tehran prison said to be holding political prisoners.

Iranian authorities today said a fire resulted in the deaths of four detainees and injured a further 61.



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