#Khameneivirus: Iranians Blame Khamenei's Policies for the Rising Death Toll of COVID-19

Published March 23rd, 2020 - 08:41 GMT
#Khameneivirus: Iranians Blame Khamenei's Policies for the Rising Death Toll of COVID-19
In a televised speech, Khamenei revealed that he's rejected an American offer to help his country's containment measures. (Twitter)

With Iran's official numbers pointing at more than 20k coronavirus cases and about 2k deaths in the country, many Iranian social media users took to Twitter to protest the government's policies describing them as "more dangerous than COVID-19".

Iranian Twitter users launched the hashtag #Khameneivirus mocking the government's measures to tackle the deadly virus outbreak and blaming the growing number of victims on the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei's policies that reject help from western countries.

This comes in response to Khamenei's latest appearance in a televised, speech where he revealed that the US has offered to help Iranian authorities' virus containment efforts and but he refused their offer. 

Khamenei justified his position saying; "the US had created the virus in the first place and that its offer to help aims to cause more harm than good".

Some users also took the chance to recall the political activists killed and jailed by the political regime, during the numerous local protests that took place over the last few years, saying that the Iranian government "can kill just as many people as the coronavirus does".

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