TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – The US House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a resolution Tuesday supporting a handful of foreign-backed opportunists who turned the recent peaceful protests against high prices in Iran violent.

"With the passage of this resolution, we state that America stands with the Iranian people," Representative Ed Royce, Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, claimed Tuesday, according to media reports. 

US lawmakers further asserted the 415-2 vote would be in favor of the Iranian people.

Last week, peaceful protests over rising prices and economic problems broke out in some Iranian cities, but the unauthorized gatherings turned violent after a number of opportunists, some of them armed, vandalized public property and launched attacks on police stations and government buildings.

Siding with the rioters were a number of American officials, including US President Donald Trump.

Iranian security officials say they have hard evidence that the protests were directed from abroad.

On Tuesday, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said a US—Saudi-Israeli plot was behind the violent unrest, stressing that a distinction should be made between legitimate demands of the people and acts of vandalism by a certain group.

“Clues and intelligence evidence show that these events have been orchestrated (by enemies), and a triple party has been involved in bringing it about,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.