A banner of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and Islamic Republic’s founder Ruhollah Khomeini was set on fire in the central city of Yazd.
A video of the incident on Saturday went viral, showing the pictures of Khomeini and Khamenei burning on top of an overpass in the city, a scene recurring frequently especially since the popular protests gained momentum across the country on the backdrop of rising prices and a falling currency.
Several pictures and statues of the Islamic Republic leaders and important figures have been set on fire in recent months as anti-government protests and strikes have taken place on a regular basis in many cities throughout the country.
Statues and pictures of Khomeini, Khamenei, and President Ebrahim Raisi as well as the slain IRGC Quds Force Commander Qasem Soleimani are the top targets for the political vandalism in cities such as Tehran, Esfahan, Yazd, Qom, and Kermanshah.
According to an online survey by a Netherlands-based institute, over 60 percent of Iranians want regime change or "transition from the Islamic Republic".