TEHRAN – A top military aide to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei warned against plots to “create a gap” between the Iranian people and the government and said the enemies are seeking to hit the country’s national unity through cyberspace.
“Today, the major goal of the enemy is to create a gap between the nation and authorities,” Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi said in a speech in the northern port city of Anzali on Thursday night. “The enemies are seeking to undermine (Iran’s) national unity through using cyberspace,” the commander added.
Major General Rahim Safavi further pointed to recent deadly unrest in the country and said most of calls for riots were made in cyberspace. However, the Iranian people managed to thwart the enemies’ conspiracies through participating in nationwide demonstrations in support of the Islamic Establishment, he added.
In late December, peaceful protests over economic problems broke out in a number of Iranian cities, but the gatherings turned violent when groups of participants, some of them armed, vandalized public property and launched attacks on police stations and government buildings.
Security forces say many rioters arrested in the recent unrest have been trained by the MKO terrorists or had links with the Takfiri terrorist groups. Following the unrest, people held several demonstrations across the country to condemn the violent riots and acts of vandalism, and voice support for the Islamic Republic’s Establishment. Iranian officials maintain that people have the right to stage protests to express their opinions as long as rallies comply with the legal conditions.