Iran protests: Social media videos show flames at home of late leader Khomeini

The social media videos show dozens of people cheering as a flash of fire is sparked in a building

Reuters
Published : 18 Nov 2022, 12:29 PM
Updated : 18 Nov 2022, 12:29 PM

Video clips showing the ancestral home in Iran of the late founder of the Islamic republic Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini on fire have been widely shared on social media, with activists saying it was torched by protesters.

Reuters verified the location of two video clips using the distinctive arches and buildings that match file images.

The semi-official Tasnim news agency, however, denied Khomeini's house was set on fire, saying a small number of people had gathered outside the house.

The social media videos show dozens of people cheering as a flash of fire is sparked in a building.

Reuters could not independently verify the dates when the videos were filmed. Activist network 1500Tasvir said the incident occurred on Thursday evening in Khomeini's birth town of Khomeini, south of the capital Tehran.

Social media posts said the house had been converted into a museum.

"The report is a lie," said the Tasnim news agency, adding: "the doors of the house of the late founder of the great revolution are open to the public."

Nationwide protests that have gripped Iran was ignited by the Sept. 16 death of young Iranian Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini, whom morality police had arrested for allegedly flouting the Islamic dress code.

Khomeini died in 1989.

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