Iran protests: Videos on social media show flames at late leader Khomeini’s house

DUBAI, Nov. 18 (Reuters) – Video clips have emerged on social media of a fire at the ancestral home in Iran of the late founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, with activists saying it was set on fire by protesters.

Reuters verified the location of two video clips using the signature arches and buildings that match file images.

However, the semi-official Tasnim news agency denied that Khomeini’s house had been set on fire, saying a small number of people had gathered outside the house.

The social media videos show dozens of people cheering as a flash of fire is ignited in a building.

Reuters could not independently verify the dates the videos were recorded. Activist network 1500Tasvir said the incident took place Thursday night in Khomeini’s hometown of Khomein, south of the capital Tehran.

The house was converted into a museum.

“The report is a lie,” Tasnim said. “The doors of the home of the late founder of the great revolution are open to the public.”

Khomeini died in 1989.

His successor, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has come under intense pressure since the September death of Iranian-Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini while in the custody of Iran’s vice squad, from nationwide protests calling for an end to the harsh rule of the regime. clerical government.

Iranian women walk past a poster of late Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini during the anniversary ceremony of Iran’s Islamic Revolution at Behesht Zahra cemetery, south of Tehran, Feb. 1, 2016. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi/TIMA

Separate videos posted by 1500Tasvir claimed to show protesters in several cities in Sistan-Baluchistan province, including the capital Zahedan, where protesters chanted “Death to Khamenei”, and Chabahar, where protesters removed and trampled the sign from an avenue named after Ayatollah Khomeini .

State media said authorities held a funeral ceremony for seven people who died in the southwestern city of Izeh in what it described as an act of terrorism.

But the mother of a 10-year-old victim, Kian Pirfalak, was heard on social media videos blaming security forces for shooting her son.

A video posted on social media purportedly from Pirfalak’s funeral showed protesters chanting “Khamenei, we will bury you”.

Reuters could not independently verify the authenticity of those videos.

Tasnim reported pro-government protesters in the northeastern city of Mashhad on Friday, where two members of the Basij militia were killed on Thursday.

Videos posted on social media showed riot police confronting a crowd attending the funeral of Aylar Haghi, a medical student reportedly killed by security forces during protests in the northwestern city of Tabriz. Authorities said she was killed after falling into a construction site excavation.

Protests continued late Friday in several cities and towns in the Kurdish-populated northwest, including Piranshahr, where protesters occupied a police station, according to a video posted by human rights organization Hengaw. Reuters was unable to verify the images.

According to the Revolutionary Guard news site, two intelligence agents were killed in clashes with protesters on Thursday night.

It also said that on Thursday three other Revolutionary Guards and a Basij member were killed in Tehran, and a Basiji and a member of the police in Kurdistan.

Reporting by the Dubai newsroom; Written by Michael Georgy; Edited by Alex Richardson and Raissa Kasolowsky

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