TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Iran’s intelligence minister said the anti-revolutionary and terrorist groups are going to get a crushing response from the Islamic Republic.

In comments a few days after nationwide rallies against the recent unrest in some Iranian cities, Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alawi said his forces will soon give a “crushing response” to the terrorist and anti-Iran groups in the region.

He also assured the nation that the Intelligence Ministry forces would never allow the enemies to upset security in the country and will keep foiling their plots.

In late December, peaceful protests over economic problems broke out in a number of Iranian cities, but the gatherings turned violent when groups of participants, some of them armed, vandalized public property and launched attacks on police stations and government buildings.

Following the unrest, people of Iran held several demonstrations across the country to condemn the violent riots and acts of vandalism, and voice support for the Islamic Republic’s Establishment.

Security forces say many rioters arrested in the recent unrest have been trained by the MKO terrorists or had links with the Takfiri terrorist groups.