A video has surfaced after being shared by Iranian social media users showing an angry mob attacking and breaking into Cleric Hassan Abutrabi, the Iranian supreme leader’s representative and preacher, in Borujerd city.
The reason behind the attack was Abutrabi’s involvement in cases of corruption and taking the people’s money, according to various Iranian news sites including irankhabar.ir.
Demonstrations and rallies against government linked financial institutions, persist in various Iranian provinces and cities after they first erupted months ago. The demonstrations also seek to express the people’s dismay towards the Revolutionary Guards taking their money.
The money in question was originally deposited by the people to earn interest through their banking. However, the concerned institutions later declared bankruptcy and closed due to their inability to repay the owners.
The video depicts people tearing apart Abutrabi’s office. The attack resulted in fist fights and quarrels involving sharp objects between the protestors and Abutrabi’s security.
The protestors can also be heard chanting against Abutrabi.
Iranian activists linked the incident to the rise in the number of angry citizens’ attacks on religious men. This is due to the latter being involved in corruption, and occupying positions of power, wealth, jobs and opportunities at the expense of marginalized groups in the country.
Earlier this year, June witnessed a similar incident where an angry young man attacked a cleric at a Tehran metro station, stabbing him several times with a knife while saying he was doing this for “good deeds” and “freeing people from Mullah’s injustice.” The attacker was shot dead instantly.
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