Iranian protesters set fire to the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini Museum on Thursday night in the most obvious and direct violation against the government.
Video of the event shows the fire spreading through the museum, which commemorates the founder of the government and was established in his home after his death.
In two clips obtained by Fox News Digital, people applaud the burning of the museum, with one woman saying “so cool” after confirming the act.
The protests began in mid-September after Iran’s morality police arrested Mehsa Amini, 22, for violating the country’s hijab laws. They rushed her to the hospital an hour later, where she appeared to have suffered a beating. He died three days later.
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The government has struggled to contain the protests over the past two months, watching almost helplessly as they spread to more than 140 cities and towns across the country. According to Iran International, security forces have killed around 350 people and arrested more than 15,000.
A member of the anti-government group People’s Mujahideen, also known as the MEK, told Fox News Digital that security forces have killed children as young as 10 years old.
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The government has indiscriminately attacked the crowds to try to quell the protests, but they have only seemed to embolden them.
Protesters used arson in response to the crackdown, torching several buildings besides the Ayatollah Museum. On Friday, protesters set fire to a IRGC base in Mahaabad.
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The government even cited the fires as one of its main reasons for choosing to impose the death penalty this week, as courts began ordering executions for some protesters – but the practice has given protesters their own goals. More encouragement to continue.
MEK leader Maryam Rajavi said in a statement on Thursday that the people had vowed to “answer fire with fire.”
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“The world witnessed the decisive determination of the people to overthrow the government and establish a democratic republic based on popular vote and separation of religion and state,” Rajvi said. “The oppressors are not strong enough to withstand the rising nation.”