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Iran. Reports of arson of Ayatollah Khomeini’s family home. Reuters publishes the recordings

Iran.  Reports of arson of Ayatollah Khomeini’s family home.  Reuters publishes the recordings

Iran. Reports of arson of Ayatollah Khomeini’s family home. Reuters publishes the recordings

A fire broke out in the family home of Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, according to recordings made available by Reuters. According to demonstrators who have been protesting against the Iranian regime for weeks, the building was set on fire.

Footage released by Reuters on Friday showed a crowd marching along the fence of Ayatollah Khomeini’s family home in Khomein, in the western province of Markazi. Behind the fence, flashes of fire can be seen, accompanied by cheers raised by the gathered.

While Reuters has been able to confirm the location of the locations seen in the videos, it is not clear when they were recorded. According to activists from the 1500Tasvir group, these events took place on Thursday evening.

Iran’s semi-official Tasnim news agency denied information about the arson of the house, which now houses a museum dedicated to the ayatollah. “The doors of the home of the creator of the great revolution are open to the public,” the statement said. The agency added that only a small group of people had gathered in front of the building.

Ruhollah Khomeini led the Islamic Revolution that led to the overthrow of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi in ​​1979. Khomeini took power in the country, establishing the Islamic Republic Iran. He died in 1989.

Protests in Iran

Khomeini’s successor is Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who is now facing nationwide protests sparked by the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini. After being detained for “inappropriate headgear” by Iranian religious police, a woman mysteriously fell into a coma and died in hospital. According to Amini’s family, she was beaten by the officers.

Organization Amnesty International announced on Twitter on Thursday that the Iranian authorities are seeking the death penalty for 21 people involved in the protests. “The rigged trials are intended to intimidate those who participate in the popular uprising that has shaken Iran since September, and to discourage other people from getting involved in this movement,” AI wrote.

Main photo source: Reuters

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