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IRGC chief warns of enemy plots to cause sedition on anniversary of last year's riots

Major General Hossein Salami, the chief commander of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC)

The chief commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has warned of a new plot by enemies to stir unrest in the country on the anniversary of the riots that broke out following the death of a young Iranian woman last year.

“The enemy intends to sow sedition once again on the anniversary” of the riots that broke out in September 2022, Major General Hossein Salami said at a conference of Basij officials in Tehran on Tuesday.

However, he emphasized that the Iranian nation's preparedness and vigilance would thwart any such attempts, saying preventive measures are the best strategy to foil the enemy's scheme.

Salami further noted that last year's riots were the “most severe, most dangerous, most serious, most unequal and most massive global battle” that has been waged against the Islamic Republic.

But the enemy suffered a crushing defeat during the riots thanks to the wisdom, steadfastness, faith and strong will of the nation, the IRGC chief added.

Mahsa Amini, 22, died in a hospital in Tehran days after she was detained by police in September last year.

Despite clarification on circumstances surrounding her death, protests erupted in the country, which later turned violent and led to attacks on security officers and acts of vandalism against public property as well as police vehicles and ambulances.

Expressing sympathy with Amini's family and relatives, the IRGC called on the Iranian Judiciary to “identify and deal severely and fairly with rumor-mongers and those who spread false news on social media and on the street and who endanger the psychological safety of the society.”

A preliminary investigation carried out by the Iranian Parliament (Majlis) also ruled out the use of force on the woman, pointing to her medical history and brain surgery years ago.

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