On the third death anniversary of ex-IRGC commander Qassem Soleimani’s death, people in different parts of Iran burned his statues and posters, including in his hometown.
Videos received by Iran International show people setting fire to Soleimani’s banners and posters in Tehran, Karaj, Zarinshahr, Rafsanjan, and his hometown Kerman.
The Islamic Republic through its propaganda tries to show Soleimani as a national hero, but many people believe he was guilty of war crimes against civilians in Syria and spreading violence in the region.
On January 3, 2020, the US military, on the order of President Donald Trump, killed Soleimani in a drone strike near Baghdad International Airport, saying that he had been "actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region."
In a Monday statement, the Iranian regime claimed that Washington conducted the killing of Soleimani with "false claims and pretexts, including under the guise of counter-terrorism" and in "naked violation of the tenets and principles of international law."
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said on Sunday that nearly 60 US officials have been blacklisted by Tehran for their involvement in the assassination of Soleimani.
The US State Department told Iran International that Washington protects its citizens against possible retaliatory measures by the Islamic Republic.
At the same time, global efforts are underway to place the Revolutionary Guards in the list of terrorist organizations. The UK and Germany are set to announce the designation of the IRGC in the near future.