- After Iran Protests, Feared Security Force Says ‘World War’ on Nation Failed
by AFP and TOI STAFF, https://www.timesofisrael.com/
Basij militia official claims interrogations of demonstrators revealed a ‘coalition of evil’ made up of ‘Zionists, America and Saudi Arabia’ behind the mass rallies
Iran’s Basij militia said the nationwide unrest sparked by fuel price hikes amounted to a “world war” against the Islamic republic that had been foiled. The protests erupted across the sanctions-hit country on November 15, after the price of gas was raised by as much as 200 percent.
Authorities said leaders of the protests in which police stations were attacked, gas pumps torched and shops looted had been arrested. “A full-fledged world war against the system and the revolution was born and fortunately the child died at the moment of birth,” said Brigadier General Salar Abnoosh, a deputy head of the feared paramilitary arm of the Revolutionary Guard Corps.