/ Middle East Issued on: 18/11/2022 – 12:11
This image grab from a UGC video posted on November 17, 2022, reportedly shows Iranian protesters starting a fire at the family home of the founder of the Islamic republic Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, now a museum, in the central Iranian city of Khomein. © AFP Protesters in Iran have set on fire the ancestral home of the Islamic republic’s founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini two months into the anti-regime protest movement, images showed on Friday.
The house in the city of Khomein in the western Markazi province was shown ablaze late Thursday with crowds of jubilant protesters marching past, according to images posted on social media, verified by AFP.
Khomeini is said to have been born at the house in the town of Khomein — from where his surname derives — at the turn of the century.
He became a cleric deeply critical of the US-backed shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, moved into exile but then returned in triumph from France in 1979 to lead the Islamic revolution.