Sporadic violence has erupted in some Iranian cities which becamse the scene of initially peaceful protests against economic grievances. But the protests soon turned violent and deadly in some cities, where some groups began to launch attacks on public property, police stations and religious centers. Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has warned that the enemies are using every possible means to harm the Iranian nation and the Islamic establishment. Press TV has talked to Richard Black, Virginia State Senator, as well as Tony Gosling, investigative journalist, to get their opinions on the latest riots in Iran.
Richard Black believes that foreign intelligence agents are at work in Iran with the goal of escalating ordinary demonstrations into violent riots.
He also warned the Iranian nation not to fall into the trap of Western intelligence agencies which seek to turn the situation in Iran much like in Syria and Libya.
“One of the things that I hope that Iranians would be watchful for – I do not take a position on regular demonstration — but where you see people who are shot down, be very conscious that it is a common technique of Western intelligence agencies that you shoot a police officer, you shoot a demonstrator, and before long both sides think that the other side is trying to kill them and it is a way of escalating an ordinary demonstration into a riot or revolution. I think that would be the worst possible thing for Iran,” he said.
The senator further emphasized that foreign nations have no right to interfere in the internal affairs of other countries, stressing that it is contrary to international law.
He also noted that no nation can permit violence to consume the country because there is an obligation to protect civilians from terrorists who would seize control of demonstrations.