Iran protesters set fire to Ayatollah Khomeini’s ancestral home

Issued on: 18/11/2022 – 12:11

This image grab from a UGC video posted on November 17, 2022, reportedly shows Iranian protesters starting a fire at the family home of the founder of the Islamic republic Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, now a museum, in the central Iranian city of Khomein. © AFP

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Protesters in Iran have set on fire the ancestral home of the Islamic republic’s founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini two months into the anti-regime protest movement, images showed on Friday.


The house in the city of Khomein in the western Markazi province was shown ablaze late Thursday with crowds of jubilant marching past, according to images posted on , verified by AFP.

is said to have been born at the house in the town of Khomein — from where his surname derives — at the turn of the century.

He became a cleric deeply critical of the moved into exile but then returned in triumph from France in 1979 to lead the Islamic revolution.

Khomeini died in 1989 but remains the subject of adulation by the clerical leadership under successor Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

The house was later turned into a museum commemorating Khomeini. It was not immediately clear what damaged it sustained.

The protests sparked by the death of who had been arrested by the morality police, pose the biggest challenge from the street to Iran’s leaders since the 1979 revolution.

They were fuelled by anger over the obligatory imposed by Khomeini but have turned into a movement calling for an end to the Islamic republic itself.

Images of Khomeini have on occasion been torched or defaced by protesters, in taboo-breaking acts against a figure whose death is still marked each June with a holiday for mourning.


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