Major General Hossein Salami made the remarks while addressing a massive rally in the capital, Tehran, on Monday, which was held to condemn acts of rioting and vandalism following the government’s decision to increase fuel prices.
The Iranian government raised gasoline prices on November 15 in order to moderate the national consumption rate, which stands at 110 million liters per day, 40 million liters above the maximum daily domestic requirement.
The move prompted some peaceful protests, but riotous elements, taking advantage of the circumstances, quickly entered the scene, destroying public property, setting banks and gas stations ablaze among other facilities, and opening fire on people and security forces.
Tehran hosts massive pro-establishment rallyThrongs of Tehran residents converge on Enqelab Square to show their support for the Islamic establishment and condemn the recent rioting that broke out under the guise of fuel price protests.
The IRGC’s chief commander further warned, “You have already tested us in the field [of battle] and have been slapped hard in the face without being able to answer. Some of those slaps have been seen by the world and some have not been seen… If you cross our redlines, we will destroy you.”
The IRGC commander added that anyone who seeks to carry out an act of aggression against the property, lives and honor of the Iranian people will be punished severely in a way that will teach them a lesson.
He advised the enemies to respect the Iranian people and adopt a respectful approach in dealing with them, because “if this accumulated energy is released, no enemy will be safe and secure in any part of the world.”
“Today, the coup de grace was delivered to the enemy. The sedition, which occurred in the recent days, was the spin-off of all major fiascos that the Muslim Ummah and the Iranian nation have inflicted on the enemy in different fields over the last 40 years, particularly over the past eight months,” Salami said.
The IRGC commander added that the enemies have been defeated and are not able to carry out any measure, saying, “We go after them anywhere and tell them that we will not leave any move unanswered and will get even.”
A senior IRGC commander on Sunday said certain neighbors of Iran were involved in acts of mischief during recent riots in the Iranian cities, warning those countries against their “mischievous” behavior toward the Islamic Republic.
IRGC commander warns Iran neighbors againstA senior IRGC commander warns some neighboring countries against acts of mischief in Iran.
Speaking to a group of female Basij members in Tehran, the IRGC’s second-in-command, Brigadier General Ali Fadavi, said, “During recent riots, some of our neighbors acted against [good] neighborly relations and the stipulations of Islam and committed acts of mischief,” adding, “We advise [those] neighbors to repent.”
Iranian First Vice President Es’haq Jahangiri also on Saturday warned “certain regional countries” that they will be in trouble if they are proven to have been involved in the recent riots in Iran.
Iran First VP warns countries involved in recent riots of consequencesThe Iranian first vice president warns some regional countries of dire consequences if it is proven that they were involved in recent riots in the country.
“Certain regional countries should know that if clues are found that show they intervened to create unrest inside Iran, they will see no peaceful time in the region,” Jahangiri said.