Iranian leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, speaks during a meeting with the Basij paramilitary force in Tehran. Photo: AP
Iranian leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, speaks during a meeting with the Basij paramilitary force in Tehran. Photo: AP
Middle East

Iran leader praises force tasked with quashing dissent – many protesters blinded by security forces, say doctors

  • Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the Basij – the paramilitary wing of the elite Revolutionary Guard – ‘saved people from a bunch of rioters and mercenaries’
  • 140 ophthalmologists raised concerns about rising numbers of patients with severe eye injuries from being shot with metal pellets and rubber bullets

Iranian leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, speaks during a meeting with the Basij paramilitary force in Tehran. Photo: AP
Iranian leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, speaks during a meeting with the Basij paramilitary force in Tehran. Photo: AP
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