Iran’s Guard Blames Israel, U.S., Claims Victory Against Anti-Government Protests

In this photo provided by Tasnim News Agency, women hold posters showing portraits of late Iranian revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini, and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei during a pro-government rally in the holy city of Qom, Iran, Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018. Tens of thousands of Iranians took part in pro-government …
Mohammad Ali Marizad/Tasnim News Agency via AP

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s Revolutionary Guard says the nation and its security forces have ended the wave of unrest linked to anti-government protests that erupted last month.

The Guard’s official website on Sunday blamed the unrest on the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia, as well as an exiled opposition group and supporters of the monarchy that was overthrown in the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Price hikes sparked protests in a number of cities and towns late last month. At least 21 people were killed in scattered clashes, and hundreds were arrested. The protests were the largest seen in Iran since the disputed 2009 presidential election, and some demonstrators called for the overthrow of the government.

The United States and Israel have expressed support for the protesters, but deny allegations of fomenting them.

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