DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s sister denounces his crackdown on nationwide protests and urges widely feared Revolutionary Guards to surrender weapons asked, according to a letter issued by her son, who is based in France.
Iran has been gripped by unrest since the death of 22-year-old Kurdish Iranian woman Mahsa Amini in police custody on September 16, and faces a three-day general strike that began Monday. .
Badri Hosseini Khamenei, who lives in Iran, criticized the establishment of the cleric from the time of the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in the Islamic Republic to his brother’s rule, the letter dated “December 2022” said.
“I now consider it appropriate to declare my disapproval of my brother’s actions and express my sympathy to all mothers who mourn the crimes of the Islamic Republic.
From the days of Khomeini to the current era of Ali Khamenei’s despotic caliphate,” she wrote Wednesday in a letter shared by her son Mahmoud Moradhani’s Twitter account.
“Ali Khamenei’s Revolutionary Guards and mercenaries should drop their weapons and join the people as soon as possible before it’s too late,” the letter said.
The Revolutionary Guard is Iran’s elite force, helping the country establish proxies across the Middle East and running a huge business empire.
In November, Khamenei’s activist daughter, Faride Moradhani, was arrested by authorities after calling on foreign governments to cut all ties with Tehran.read more
Reported by Dubai Newsroom.Edited by Michael Georgie and Toby Chopra
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