Iran arrests dozens for 'terrorist' acts linked to protests

Iran arrests dozens for 'terrorist' acts linked to protests

The new figures come as Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Tuesday that the country had struggled for 40 years against attacks on "the revolution" and would not be daunted now.

"The enemy now repeatedly makes moves and they are defeated each time".

22 people have died in the unrest in more than 80 cities since late December.

"Once again, the nation tells the US, Britain, and those who seek to overthrow the Islamic Republic of Iran from overseas that "you've failed, and you will fail in the future, too", said the supreme leader, who has the final say on all Iran matters.

Roughly 3,700 people were arrested during recent anti-government protests in Iran, one of the country's lawmakers claimed on Tuesday.

The reports have raised concerns among human rights activists and some Iranian politicians that detainees may have been killed by security forces while in custody.

"Business Recorder" added Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has praised a massive movement of the people against the plots of the enemies, accusing the United States and the Zionist regime of inciting anti-government demonstrations.

Iran's supreme leader has taken to Twitter to attack President Donald Trump, accusing the US leader of attempting to stir unrest after a wave of protests hit his country.

He also lashed out at Donald Trump on Tuesday, accusing the U.S. president of being "a very unstable man" who exhibited "extreme and psychotic episodes". In a series of tweets from the official account, he accused that all of Iran's adversaries - the US, Saudi Arabia and Israel - were involved in orchestrating the rallies.

In a rare public appearance, the head of Israeli intelligence agency Mossad said the protests were due to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's failure to improve people's economic or social circumstances, but he said they were unlikely to overthrow the establishment.

"Such repeated, theatrical and politically-tainted resolutions show the nature of the meddlesome USA regime, which the great Iranian nation has witnessed time and again over the past decade", the spokesperson said.