The Leader of the Islamic Revolution ordered the Supreme National Security Council to investigate the root causes of recent riots in Iran and urged “Islamic mercy” to the people involved in the unrest.

Iran Press/Iran news: In a response to the letter of the Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said, “Deal with the suspicious individuals in any group with an approach that is close to ‘Islamic compassion' principle.”

Ali Shamkhani had submitted a report to Ayatollah Khamenei, proposing ideas for handling the situation of those killed or injured during the recent violent unrest in Iran.

"Ordinary citizens who didn't play any role in the protest but were caught in the middle of the clashes and lost their lives to be considered as martyrs and called on the relevant authorities to put their families under the protection of the Foundation of Martyrs and Veterans," the Leader replied according to Iran Press.

He also called for sympathizing with the families of the victims of the recent protests, who lost their lives somehow and pursue the issue of paying Diya (blood money) to their families.

On the situation of the victims of those who lost their lives during armed clashes with the security forces, Ayatollah Khamenei called for investigating the history and background of their families, separating honorable families from those who were involved in criminal acts. The Leader further called on the authorities to sympathize with the families of those victims who were not involved in criminal activities.

On dealing with families of the third group, who look suspicious of doing evil activities, the Leader called for treating them based on the ‘Islamic mercy’ principle.

In mid-November, the Iranian government raised gasoline prices in order to moderate the national consumption rate.

The move prompted protests in a number of cities that went largely peaceful, but turned violent when armed riotous elements took advantage of the situation to vandalize public and state property, and attack civilians and security forces alike.

The unrest, however, did not last long as people from all walks of life took to the streets across the country, this time in support of the Islamic establishment and in condemnation of the riots. 101

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