Press Shia Agency – The Iranian cleric said, “By launching this sedition, the enemies planned to encourage some insurgents to come to the streets between 9 Dey [30 December 2017] to 22 Bahman [11 February 2018] and defeat the revolutionary forces.”

Press Shia Agency – Speaking at the One Thousand Clerical Martyrs and Veterans and Congress of Qom Province, Hujjat al-Islam Mojtaba Zonnour pointed to recent riots in Iran and said, “Today, the Islamic Republic of Iran has defeated the West in all fields and for this reason, they are seeking to harm the Islamic establishment.”
The representative of the people of Qom in the Islamic Consultative Assembly said that a proxy war which aimed at allowing the infiltration of the Zionist regime was an arena in which the arrogant powers were defeated by Iran and said, “The American plans in Lebanon, the hiring of Sa’ad al-Hariri, the provocation of Saudi princes and the establishment of a pro-Zionist regime in Iraqi Kurdistan are among the other arrogant plots by the United States which were defeated one after the other.”
He added, “Today, Islamic Iran confronts and defies the West and International Zionism in all ways and this has caused them to be disturbed and for this reason, they have sought to harm Iran in any way.”
Hujjat al-Islam Zonnour, stating that some officials in the country are creating problems for the establishment, said, “These officials don’t pay any attention to the guidelines of the Supreme Leader [Ayatollah Khamenei] in various arenas, especially in regard to the Islamic Resistance and the livelihoods of the people and this has led to an increase in the country’s problems.”
He emphasized that those who are not competent mustn’t take government positions and said, “The country’s officials must use all their power to serve the people and the Islamic Revolution, if officials would address issues such as poverty, high expenses, discrimination, unemployment, corruption and astronomical salaries instead of addressing the rights of citizenship and so on, then surely the country’s problems would be resolved.”
His Eminence stated that standing up for demands is the right of the people, said, “No one has the right to stand against the cries of the people because the people are discontented and are suffering.”
Hujjat al-Islam Zonnour criticized some officials for preventing the judiciary from dealing with astronomical salaries and financial corruption and said, “The judiciary has had a good performance in dealing with financial corruption but it is imperative that it be more decisive than ever in this arena and bring the perpetrators to justice.”
He stated that one of the reasons for the recent riots is the lack of acknowledgement of the people’s demands by the Islamic Consultative Assembly and added, “If the parliament doesn’t defend the rights of the people, people will be forced to go to the streets in order to demand their rights and this will turn out to be the best opportunity for the enemies to harm the Islamic establishment.”
Noting that people are dissatisfied with the performance of the officials, the Iranian official said, “The people don’t have any issues with the Islamic establishment and the Islamic Revolution and if the unemployment crisis and livelihood problems are resolved people will no longer have a reason to protest.” 
Hujjat al-Islam Zonnour said that the purpose of the recent turmoil as follows: “By launching this sedition, the enemies planned to encourage some insurgents to come to the streets between 9 Dey [30 December 2017] to 22 Bahman [11 February 2018] and defeat the revolutionary forces and ultimately, send an invasion of armed gangs and anti-revolutionary groups from abroad in Tehran, and, in their opinion, roll up scroll of the Islamic Revolution.”
In conclusion, he said, “The day when people intended to march to demonstrate their hatred of the enemies of the Islamic Revolution, unfortunately, we witnessed sabotage from some apparatuses and we knew that they did not want people to come to the scene and defend the Islamic Revolution.”