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Iran’s supreme leader accuses US over plan to stir anti-government protest

The Supreme Leader for Iran Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has leveled accusations against US of trying to stir anti-government protests by placing sanctions which according to him are aimed at bankrupting the country.

Rulers of Iran have tried to avoid a revival of anti-government turbulence that has shaken the country in recent years;  It started with protests over economic hardship but turned political, with demonstrators demanding top officials to step down. Per what authorities have said street protests will be dealt with “decisively”.

“Their [The US] short-term goal was to make our people so fed up and tired that they would stand up against the (ruling) system,” Khamenei announced in a televised speech on Friday marking the Muslim religious holiday of Eid al-Adha.

“Their long-term aim is to bankrupt the country, the state, in other words to make the economy collapse.”

In addition to the US sanctions, Iran’s economy has been badly hit by a fall in oil prices, as well as the coronavirus crisis. Iran has one of the highest death tolls in the Middle East from the pandemic.

Source; Aljazeera news

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