By India Today Web Desk: Protestors in Iran set fire to the ancestral home of Iran’s former supreme leader Ayatollah Khomeini at a time when anti-government protests over the death of Mahsa Amini continue to rage, entering its second month, reported news agency Reuters. Videos and images on social media show fire at the home-turned-museum of the Islamic Republic’s founder in Khomein.
The activists said that the house was set ablaze by protestors- a claim denied by state media. It is yet to be ascertained what damage the fire caused.
Social media videos from Khomein show dozens of people cheering and crowds of jubilant protesters marching past as the fire broke out, news agencies said.
#BREAKING: This is #Khomein, birthplace of founder of Islamic Regime of #Iran, Dictator #Khomeini. Protesters burned the house of #Khomeini which had been turned into a museum by the terrorist regime 30 years ago. #MahsaAmini #Ù…Ù‡Ø³Ø§_Ø§Ù…ÛŒÙ†ÛŒ pic.twitter.com/k7sDx40oFr — Babak Taghvaee – The Crisis Watch (@BabakTaghvaee1) November 17, 2022
Ayatollah Khomeini, the leader of Iran's Islamic revolution in 1979, is said to have been born in the house, which is now a museum that commemorates his life. Khomeini became a cleric, critical of the US-backed Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi. He moved into exile but then returned in triumph from France to spearhead the Islamic revolution.
He became a cleric deeply critical of the US-backed shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, moved into exile but then returned in triumph from France in 1979 to lead the Islamic revolution.
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Activist network 1500Tasvir told news agency Reuters that the incident occurred on Thursday evening in Khomeini's birth town of Khomein, south of the capital Tehran.
"The report is a lie," Tasnim said. "The doors of the house of the late founder of the great revolution are open to the public."
This is not the first time that images of Khomeini have been torched or defaced by protestors.
The development comes at a time when anti-hijab protests have rocked Iran that sparked due to the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who died in Iran's morality police custody for not adhering to the strict dress code. The protests have now become a major challenge for the government and Ayatollah Khomeini's successor, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, is under extreme pressure as protestors have been calling for an end to hardline clerical rule.
The fire at his ancestral house is one of the latest incidents in a wave of nationwide demonstrations directed at his successor, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and his government.
Fresh protests have erupted in many cities and towns in Iran and human rights groups have said that over 300 people have been killed till now in the protests.
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(With agency input)