Major General Mohammad Bagheri, Iranian Chief of General Staff for Armed Forces
[Major General Mohammad Bagheri, Iranian Chief of General Staff for Armed Forces, says Iranian law enforcement and military and paramilitary forces such as IRGC and Basij had no hand in deaths of Iranian protesters who took to streets of many Iranian cities, chanting slogans against the Iranian regime and Iran’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei. Reportedly, more than 20 people were killed in these protests and more than 3,700 were arrested by law enforcement forces. Several detainees have been reported as killed in Iranian prisons.]
Major General Mohammad Bagheri: Last week and in recent time, we haven’t had a case in which one of the forces of law enforcement, or IRGC, or Basij organization had come to streets with weapons. This is according to the directive of General Staff of Armed Forces, and no one comes to streets with weapons. And we greatly tolerated in this event and had no problems in this regard. The deaths that took place were mainly suspicious, and they were mainly by shootings from behind and from unknown places. This is being investigated. And we have had no problems in this regard, unless a garrison or a military complex is attacked, which, as in all over the world, the military complex has to defend itself.