Iran’s Chief Justice and a senior Iranian cleric threatened protesters today and said that they would be “severely punished”.
According to the IRGC affiliated Tasnim News Agency, Iran’s Chief Justice Ebrahim Raisi, notorious for his part in the 1988 massacre of political prisoners in Tehran, said that “the country’s security” was the regime’s priority.
“Under no circumstances will we allow the least amount of disruption in the country’s security,” he said today in a gathering of the student Bassij paramilitary forces.
Also today, a top cleric and senior member of the Assembly of Experts thanked Iran’s security forces for killing at least 250 protesters and injuring more than 3,5000 people.
“I thank those who upheld security in the country, the Ministry of Intelligence, the IRGC Intelligence Department, the Bassij, the police and others who stood against the thugs,” Ahmad Khatami said in his Friday sermon today.
He said that the leaders of the protests were “enemies of God” and should receive the maximum punishment. “Enmity with God” carries the death sentence according to the regime’s Islamic Penal Code.
“In regards to the followers (of the leaders), decisive action should be taken against them so that they don’t take part in this kind of mischief again and so that like-minded people take heed,” Khatami added.
The senior cleric thanked the regime for Iran’s internet blackout.
“One of the commendable tactics in this incident was the shutting down of the internet and foreign networks,” he said calling for the state to boost local messengers and Iran’s intranet.
He also called for more internet censorship.
“If we are going to reopen foreign networks, they should not be completely opened because they teach the people sedition and crime,” Khatami said.
The internet has not been completely restored in Iran after more than 140 hours.
Mass protests erupted in Iran after the regime tripled the price of gasoline last Friday. Angry protesters torched hundreds of banks, seminaries, offices of the representatives of the regime’s Supreme Leader, and IRGC and Bassij bases.
The protesters chanted against the Supreme Leader and called for the “mullahs to get lost”.
Following mass protests, Supreme Leader Khamenei called protesters “thugs” in a televised speech. During the next few days, the regime mobilized all its forces against protesters, opening fire on gatherings of more than 10 people in some parts of Iran.
At least 7,000 protesters have been detained.
Reports indicate that despite the regime’s brutal crackdown, protests are still ongoing in parts of Iran.