Iran’s supreme leader targeted by TV ‘hack’

Tehran (EFE).- Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, has become the object of the anger of many young people who take part in the demonstrations for the death of Mahsa Amini, with cries of “death to the dictator” or with the “hacking” of his television appearances.

“Your hands are full of the blood of our young people,” saw incredulous viewers on the evening news.

The state channel’s programming showed Khamenei intervening with a group of clerics when something no one expected appeared on the screen.

Demonstration in Tehran. EFE/EPA/STR

The image changed to show Khamenei surrounded by flames and with a telescopic sight on him, while photos of Amini and other young women who died during the protests appeared below.

In addition, a voice in these images recited the slogan of the protests: “Woman, freedom, life”.

When the image was cut, the news anchor could be seen with a contrite gesture saying “Dear viewers, I invite you to see the continuation of the news”.

Hacker group Edalat-e Ali (Ali’s judge) claimed responsibility.

Protests against Amini’s death

The figure of Khamenei has been one of the targets of young people protesting since Amini’s death on September 16 after his arrest.

In the multiple demonstrations across the country, one of the chants is “Death to the dictator”, in reference to the supreme leader. They also resonate “Death to Khamenei” or “Death to the Islamic Republic”.

These cries echo at night in many neighborhoods of Tehran from the windows of houses.

The 83-year-old religious leader reappeared in mid-September after reports and rumors of his poor health.
Despite several public appearances, it was not until October 3, after two weeks of protests, that he mentioned Amini’s death.

Protest against the death of Mahsa Amini. EFE/EPA/WAEL HAMZEH

He then blamed the United States and Israel for the protests, although he called Amini’s death “heartbreaking”.
Amini, 22, died on September 16 after she was arrested three days earlier by so-called morale police in Tehran for wrongfully wearing the Islamic veil.

Iran’s state-run forensic organization said Friday that Amini died of a previous illness and not beatings by police.

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