Protesters in Iran set fire to the childhood home of the founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. Videos posted on social media showed part of the building in the city of Khomein being set on fire.
One of the social media videos posted to Twitter on Saturday showed dozens of protesters cheering as a blaze of fire erupted inside a building. “Protesters burned down the house in which Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of Iran’s Islamic regime, was born. The house, in the city of Khomein, has been a museum for the past 30 years. Now it’s charcoal. The protesters are getting stronger,” the post’s caption read.
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Protesters burned down the house in which Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of #Iran‘s Islamist regime, was born in.
The house, in the city of Khomein, has been a museum for the past 30 years. Now it’s charcoal.
— Stepan Gronk (@StepanGronk) November 19, 2022
According to the BBCan activist network said footage was recorded on Thursday.
Individual, Reuters verified the location of the videos, but the semi-official Tasnim news agency denied any arson, saying only a small number of people had gathered outside the house. The agency also shared a video of the home, stating that the historic home’s “door is open to visitors.”
Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini is said to have been born in the house, which is now a museum commemorating his life. He was the leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolution in 1979, which overthrew the country’s pro-Western leader, Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. He served as the first Supreme Leader of Iran. Khomeini died in 1989.
The fire at his childhood home is one of the latest incidents in a wave of nationwide protests against his successor Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and his government. The demonstrations, calling for an end to the harsh clerical regime, erupted about two months ago after the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini while detained by Iran’s vice squad.
On Thursday, Iranian state media said five members of the security forces were killed in the latest unrest. But on Friday, funerals for young Iranians allegedly killed by security forces reportedly sparked new demonstrations.
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