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Speaking of Iran

Special Report: Iran’s leader ordered crackdown on unrest: "Do whatever it takes to end it"

December 23, 2019
Speaking of Iran
1 min read
Special Report: Iran’s leader ordered crackdown on unrest: "Do whatever it takes to end it"

Sources close to Ayatollah Khamenei have confirmed that the Supreme Leader directly ordered Iran's bloodiest crackdown since 1979, reports Reuters


After days of protests across Iran last month, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei appeared impatient. Gathering his top security and government officials together, he issued an order: Do whatever it takes to stop them.

That order, confirmed by three sources close to the supreme leader’s inner circle and a fourth official, set in motion the bloodiest crackdown on protesters since the Islamic Revolution in 1979. 

About 1,500 people were killed during less than two weeks of unrest that started on Nov. 15. The toll, provided to Reuters by three Iranian interior ministry officials, included at least 17 teenagers and about 400 women as well as some members of the security forces and police. 

The toll of 1,500 is significantly higher than figures from international human rights groups and the United States. A Dec. 16 report by Amnesty International said the death toll was at least 304. The U.S. State Department, in a statement to Reuters, said it estimates that many hundreds of Iranians were killed, and has seen reports that number could be over 1,000. 


Read the full report from Reuters



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