The head of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards has urged Iranians to end the weeks-long protests that have gripped the country, warning Saturday would be the “last day” of protests.
On Wednesday, Hossein Salami called on Iranian young people to refrain from protesting following the Islamic State attack in Shiraz.
“This is the last day of the riots. Don’t come out again. What do you want from this nation?” Salami asked.
The Islamic Republic has been swept by protests for weeks following the death of Mahsa Amini, 22, who died on September 16 after being detained by “morality police” and taken to a “re-education center” for not dressing according to conservative rules.
According to videos posted on social media and provided by IranWire, an activist website, protesters in Zahedan encountered teargas and gunfire after Friday prayers. A video posted on 1500tasvir’s social media channels says at least one 12-year-old boy was shot.
Salami criticized American and Israeli politicians for supposed influence on the protest movement, alleging that they do “not call you directly, but through their media they force you to face your society.”
Last week, he warned Saudi Arabia to remain vigilant amid protests at home. “You are involved in this matter and know that you are vulnerable, so you should be cautious,” he said.
Salami was referring to what state media outlets call a “media war,” which foreign conspirators are waging against “the Iranian youth and nation” by supporting protesters in the country.
After that, Iran warned Saudi Arabia and the United States, as well as the United Kingdom, to “stop interfering in the country’s internal affairs.”
According to Iran, the CIA and US State Department played a major role in recent protests in Iran by meeting and cooperating with Kurdish leaders last month.
Iran’s semi-official Tasnim news agency published a joint statement by the IRGC Intelligence Unit and Intelligence Ministry. The IRGC was founded by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in 1979 after the Iranian Revolution.