Iran has blamed America and Israel for the continuing anti-government protests, calling them a nauseating piece of street theatre. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad maintained his defiance as internet rumours circulated of a huge demonstration planned for Tehran later today. There are also reports in the United States that Washington is ready to impose tougher sanctions against Iran.
Tension has been steadily building in recent days, denounced by the Iranian regime as western interference. Now a spokesman for Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has described senior opposition figures as ‘enemies of God’ who should be executed under Iran’s sharia law. It’s also claimed that relatives of opposition leaders have been arrested to try to rein in the protesters.
State television has showed what it called pro-government demonstrations across the country, with the foreign media accused of supporting the opposition. Britain was told to stop talking nonsense or face what Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki called ‘a slap in the mouth.’