Khamenei warned regime supporters of unrest and “the enemy’s schemes” for 2019 signalling the regime’s fear of growing popular protests in Iran.
In comments carried by the Tasnim state-run News Agency, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran said that the US was planning to “create dispute, and civil war with the help of sanctions and counter security measures” and “to drag people on the streets” to protest in Iran.
In the meeting with the families of the so-called “Shrine Defenders” who were killed in Syria and Iraq, Khamenei claimed that “contrary to the irrelevant analysis of some people who were senseless and attached to the West” the regime was powerful.
According to Tasnim, Khamenei cited an American official’s comments that the Islamic Republic would not live to see its 40th anniversary, adding that the regime would “celebrate the occasion grander than previous years.”
Khamenei fears popular protests
Despite his comments on the regime’s “power”, Khamenei warned of upcoming unrest in 2019.
“Though the enemy’s plans have been exposed, everyone must maintain their vigilance because the United States is a sinister and malicious enemy and may have intentions to deceive so that it could create tumult in 2018 but then for example, have schemes for 2019,” Ali Khamenei said.
Fearing unrest and dissent, Khamenei warned that the regime “should not be heedless for even a moment” adding that “everyone should be awake and alert.”
He warned Iranian youth against dissenting saying that his “advice to the Iranian people, especially the youth and various political groups was to be careful not to prepare the field for the enemy.”
“If we are neglectful, the same enemy that is weak will show its hostility towards us,” he added.
Iran’s Supreme Leader warned regime officials not to be deceived by the enemy emphasizing that “officials had to be careful so that the sinister enemy that has left out of the door, does not enter through the window.”
Khamenei also stressed that “if officials took serious heed of strengthening internal production, the people’s economic problems would decrease.”
Iran’s ongoing widespread protests are the result of the dire economic state that has left 80% of Iranians under the line of poverty.
On December 4, Iran’s so-called Human Rights Chief also called Iran’s popular protests “sedition” guided from outside sources, asking the Judiciary to quell them.
“In the 2009 sedition, the (protests) were guided from outside and they had a number of people on the inside who followed their goals. In the 2009 sedition, the slogan of the seditionists was ‘where is my vote’ but now they are chanting ‘where is my money’,” Iran’s Secretary of the High Council for Human rights, Mohammad Javad Larijani added.