President Raisi joins Supreme Leader Khamenei in accusing the US of instigating deadly protests over the death of a woman in government custody.
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi accused US President Joe Biden of “inciting chaos” after expressing his support for demonstrations against the death of Mahsa Amini, a woman who died in Iranian government custody nearly a month ago.
The protests began in mid-September after Amini, 22, died after three days in Iran’s “morality police” custody for allegedly violating the strict dress code for women.
“The statements of the American president – inciting chaos, terror and the destruction of another country – serve as a reminder of the eternal words of the founder of the Islamic Republic, who called America the great Satan,” Raisi said, referring to the late ayatollah Ruhollah Khomenei.
“The enemy’s conspiracy must be countered with effective measures to solve people’s problems,” Raisi said, according to a statement from the president’s office.
Dozens of people have died in the protests. Most were demonstrators, but members of the security forces have also died. Hundreds of demonstrators were arrested.
On Friday, Biden said, “We stand with the citizens, the brave women of Iran.”
“It stunned me what it woke up in Iran,” said the US President. “It’s awakened something that I don’t think will be silenced for a long, long time.”
Iran’s foreign policy spokesman Nasser Kanani said Sunday: “Iran is too strong for its will to be swayed by the interference … of a politician tired of years of failure.”
“We will defend Iran’s independence together,” Kanani wrote on Instagram.
The US on October 6 imposed fresh sanctions on Iranian officials for what it called “violent repression of protests.”
The US Treasury Department also imposed sanctions on morality police last month.
Raisi accused the United States of inciting unrest in the past, saying Washington and its allies have resorted to failed destabilization policies because of “America’s failure to militarize and sanctions.”
This month, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei accused the US and Israel of instigating the protests and accused them of trying to stem Iran’s “progress”.