Iranian protesters set fire to the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini museum on Thursday night in the clearest and most direct act of defiance against the regime.
Video of the event shows a fire spreading through the museum, which commemorated the regime’s founder and was installed in his home after his death.
In two clips obtained by Fox News Digital, people applaud the museum fire, with a woman saying “Good job” after confirming the act.
The protests began in mid-September after Iranian vice police arrested Mahsa Amini, 22, for allegedly breaking the country’s hijab laws. They rushed her to hospital an hour later with what appeared to be injuries from a beating. She died three days later.
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The regime has struggled to quell protests over the past two months, watching almost helplessly as protests spread to more than 140 cities and towns across the country. Security forces killed around 350 people and apprehended more than 15,000 others, according to Iran International.
A picture of Ayatollah Khomeini leaning against a wall on the balcony of his former residence in Jamaran, north of Tehran, Iran, January 2, 1994. The building is preserved as a museum.
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A member of the anti-regime group People’s Mujahedin, also known as MEK, told Fox News Digital that children as young as 10 had died due to the actions of security forces.
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The regime attacked crowds indiscriminately in an attempt to quell the protests, but they only appeared to spur them on further.
A fountain stands in the courtyard of Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini’s house on January 1, 2019. Khomeini was the leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolution, which led to the overthrow of the monarchy and the establishment of the Islamic Republic. Khomeini’s house was turned into a museum after his death in 1989.
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Protesters used arson in response to the crackdown, burning down a number of buildings in addition to the Ayatollah Museum. On Friday, protesters set fire to an Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps base in Mahabad.
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The regime even referenced arson as one of its main causes in choosing to hand down a death sentence this week as courts began ordering the execution of some protesters – but the act n only further inspired the protesters to pursue their cause.
Iranians protest the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini after she was arrested by vice police last month, in Tehran, Iran, Thursday, October 27, 2022.
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MEK leader Maryam Rajavi said in a statement on Thursday that the people had pledged to “fire back”.
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“The world has witnessed the decisive determination of the people to overthrow the regime and establish a democratic republic based on the votes of the people and the separation of religion and state,” Rajavi said. “The oppressors do not have the ability to confront a nation that has risen up.”
Peter Aitken is a Fox News Digital reporter specializing in national and global news.
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