Iran: The house – museum of Ayatollah Khomeini, founder of the Islamic Republic, is on fire (video)

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Videos showing the Islamic Republic founder’s ancestral home set ablaze have been widely circulated on social media.

Videos showing the ancestral home of the late founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ayatollah Khomeini set ablaze have been widely circulated on social media.

Activists claim the house – which has been a museum for the past 30 years – was set on fire by protesters but the semi-official Tasnim news agency denies this.

“The information is false. The doors of the house of the late founder of the great revolution are open to the public,” Tasnim’s cable added.

Videos on social media show dozens of people cheering, while a house can be seen burning.

Activist network 1500Tasvir reported that the incident occurred on Thursday afternoon in Khomeini’s hometown of Khomein, which is south of the capital Tehran.

Reuters was unable to independently determine when the videos were shot but only the location.

Nationwide protests have spread across Iran since September 16, following the death of a young Iranian woman of Kurdish origin, Mahsha Amini, who was detained by the morality police for not wearing her hijab properly.

Ayatollah Ruhollah Mousavi Khomeini was the religious and political leader of Iran from 1979 to 1989. He was one of the driving forces behind the 1979 Iranian Revolution, which overthrew the previous regime and the country’s king (shah), Mohammad Reza Pahlavi , was forced out of Iran.

Khomeini turned Iran into a theocratic Islamic state and put power in the hands of the clergy.

Arrested by the Pahlavi dynasty in 1963 he was arrested and exiled the following year, fleeing to Iraq

Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein forced Khomeini to flee the country in 1978, at which time he settled in Paris.

Khomeini died in 1989.

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