Iranian President Blames US and Israel for Protests

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    The social unrest was triggered by the tragic death of a young woman, 22, Mahsa Amini, who was in the control of the morality police in Iran which is currently raging across the country for the third week in a row, despite efforts of the government to curtail the situation, according to Breitbart News reported.

    Amini was detained and killed because of refusing to obey Islamic religious authorities by not wearing the hijab.

    The death toll officially at 41, however rights groups have provided more death tolls including the London-based Amnesty International saying it has identified 52 victims in protests against the murders taking place in Iran.

    AP news reports that on Monday Iran closed its top technology school following an hours-long dispute between students and police that turned the revered institution into the latest hotspot of protests. The incident was ended by hundreds of young people being arrested.

    In a speech to a group of police school students at Tehran, Khamenei said he was “deeply heartbroken” by the death of Amini calling it a “tragic incident.” However, he criticized the protests as part of a foreign plot to undermine Iran and echoed the previous statements of authorities.

    “This rioting was planned,” he claimed. “These riots and insecurities were designed by America and the Zionist regime, and their employees.”

    German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock has condemned “the regime's brute force” at Sharif University as “an expression of sheer fear at the power of education and freedom.”

    “The courage of Iranians is incredible,” she added.

    U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres spoke to reporters over this weekend that “It is absolutely essential to show maximum restraint, maximum containment, when dealing (with) demonstrations all over the world, and the same is valid, obviously, for Iran.”

    The Associated Press contributed to this report

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