Iran’s supreme leader blames ‘enemies’ for protests

Iran’s supreme leader blames ‘enemies’ for protests
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Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, is placing the blame for the recent protests across the country on Tehran's "enemies."

“In recent days, enemies of Iran used different tools including cash, weapons, politics and intelligence apparatus to create troubles for the Islamic Republic,” Khamenei said, according to Reuters.

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The report notes that the supreme leader did not specify who the enemies are, but another official accused the U.S., Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom of driving riots in the country.

The protests began last week over economic concerns, but have reportedly become anti-government demonstrations.

The Trump administration has said it supports the peaceful protesters.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpHannity urges Trump not to fire 'anybody' after Rosenstein report Ben Carson appears to tie allegation against Kavanaugh to socialist plot Five takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's fiery first debate MORE on Tuesday said Iranians are "finally acting" against a "brutal and corrupt" government. 

“The people of Iran are finally acting against the brutal and corrupt Iranian regime. All of the money that President Obama so foolishly gave them went into terrorism and into their 'pockets.' The people have little food, big inflation and no human rights. The U.S. is watching!” he tweeted.

Trump also said on New Year’s Day that it’s “time for change” in Iran.

“Iran is failing at every level despite the terrible deal made with them by the Obama Administration. The great Iranian people have been repressed for many years,” Trump said Monday.

“They are hungry for food & for freedom. Along with human rights, the wealth of Iran is being looted. TIME FOR CHANGE!”