Iran buries martyrs as anti-riot rallies expand
Iranians lay to rest a serviceman and a civilian martyred recently at the hands of rioters as demonstrations expand nationwide in condemnation of the agitators working to sow unrest in the country under the pretext of protest against fuel price hikes.
The burial procession and a subsequent interment ceremony took place in Tehran Province’s Malard County on Wednesday, IRNA reported. The attendees bade farewell to martyrs Morteza Ebrahimi, one of the commanders of the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC)’s Imam Hossein Battalion in the county, and Mostafa Rezaei, an employee with Malard’s Municipality.
Elsewhere in the country, people rallied in the city of Gorgan, the capital of northwestern Golestan Province, to voice outrage against the anarchists, according to Tasnim News Agency.
They shouted slogans against the United States and Israel, and expressed resentment at those defying the country’s Islamic establishment.
The demonstrators also asserted their allegiance to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei and the entire establishment.
People also marched across Khorramabad, the western Lorestan Province’s capital, and the northwestern city of Ardabil in support of the government and against the agitators.
Iran’s northern Alborz Province is to host similar rallies on Thursday.
The government raised gasoline prices last week in order to moderate the national consumption rate, which stands at 110 million liters, 40 million liters above the maximum domestic requirement.
The move prompted some peaceful protests, but riotous elements, abusing the situation, quickly entered the scene, destroying public property, setting ablaze banks and gas stations among other facilities, and opening fire on people and security forces.
Among the rioters were anarchists with links to the notorious US-backed Mujahedin-e-Khalq Organization (MKO) terror group, according to reports.