Demonstrations in Iran: The house of Ayatollah Khomeini’s family is set on fire by Iranian demonstrators
Protesters in Iran have set fire to the ancestral home of Ayatollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic.
Images on social media showed a fire in part of the building in the city of Khomein, which was named after him.
But although news outlets confirmed the location of the video, local authorities denied the fire was staged.
It is said that Ayatollah Khomeini was born in the house which was turned into a museum to continue his career and endeavors.
Khomeini is the supreme leader of the Islamic Revolution in Iran from 1979 until his death in 1989, and the anniversary of his departure is commemorated annually in the Islamic Republic.
The images, reported on social media in the city of Khomein, showed dozens of people cheering with joy as the fire spread through the home. Agence France-Presse and Reuters confirmed they verified the location depicted in the videos, but not the date.
Iranian activist network 1500 Tasfer told Reuters the photos were taken on Thursday evening.
However, the Khomein provincial press office denied that there had been an attack on the semi-official Tasnim news agency.
A small number of people gathered in front of the house, the news outlet said, and later released a video of the house, adding that it was open to “pilgrims and lovers of the late Imam”.
“The doors of the house of the founder of the great revolution are open to the public,” the agency added.
The fire at Ayatollah Khomeini’s home is one of the latest incidents in a wave of nationwide demonstrations against his successor, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Protests against Iran’s clerical establishment erupted two months ago after the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman arrested by vice squads for allegedly violating strict hijab rules.
Iranian state media reported that five members of the security forces were killed in the recent unrest on Thursday.
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