Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks during a meeting with a group of Basij paramilitary force in Tehran, Iran.(AP: Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader)  

Livemint/Bloomberg: Iran’s Supreme leader Khamenei orders militias to deal with rioters 

Iran’s supreme leader on Saturday urged a unit of the country’s plainclothes militia to step up action against protesters, in remarks that could escalate a crackdown on months-long anti-regime unrest. 

Protests erupted in Iran in mid-September and quickly escalated into the fiercest opposition to the Islamic Republic leadership in decades following the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in police custody after she was arrested for allegedly violating Islamic dress codes.  

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Update #1: Khamenei orders his Basij militias to «punish» «terrorists» in Iran protests (News 360)

Update #2: Iran’s supreme leader praises paramilitary for crackdown on ‘rioters’ and ‘thugs’ (CNN)  

WNU Editor: Estimates are that more than 400 people have been killed in clashes with security forces since the protests began.