Leaked notes from meetings between Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and the country’s political leaders and heads of security expressed that the recent nationwide protests have hurt every sector of the economy and “threaten the regime’s security”.
The report which was leaked to Fox News, covered several meetings up until December 31. It was translated from Farsi to English and was provided from a high level source within the regime to the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), according to the news agency.
The meeting notes between Iran’s leading figures discussed the rising unrest and how to clamp down on it.
“Religious leaders and the leadership must come to the scene as soon as possible and prevent the situation (from) deteriorating further,” the report said. “God help us, this is a very complex situation and is different from previous occasions.”
“In Tehran today, people were chanting slogans against Khamenei and the slogans used yesterday were all against Khamenei,” it added.
According to Fox News, the notes said that the intelligence division of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is “monitoring the situation” and “working all in coordination to prevent protests.”
The notes also show that the regime is aware of the slogans being chanted. It specifically mentions slogans that included “Death to the dictator,” and “the leader lives like God while the people live like beggars.”
A “red alert” has not yet been declared according to the notes, as it would lead to direct military intervention in the protests, but the Iranian leaders predicted that sending IRGC or the Bassij forces would “backfire” and further “antagonize the protesters.”
They also mention NCRI leader, Maryam Rajavi, and the “Infidels,” which the translation says refers to “the West,” “are united for the first time.” It continued, “Maryam Rajavi is hoping for regime change,” saying the protests are “definitely organized,” and “the security forces report that the MEK is very active and is leading and directing them.”
Support for the protests from President Trump and US officials were also mentioned in the report. “The United States officially supported the people on the streets.” The notes continued by saying the US and the West “have all united in support of the Hypocrites.”
The meeting notes also warn that all those affiliated with leadership “must be on alert and monitor the situation constantly.”
“The security and intelligence forces must constantly monitor the situation on the scene and conduct surveillance and subsequently report to the office of the leadership,” the notes said.
As the protests continue in Iranian cities for the sixth day in a row, clashes between security forces and protesters led to the rise of the death toll to 20, with Iranian State TV reporting nine more killed on Tuesday.