In regard to the followers (of the leaders), decisive action should be taken against them so that they don’t take part in this kind of mischief again and so that like-minded people take heed,” Khatami added.
Last week, Kayhan newspaper which reflects the positions of Ali Khamenei, published an article on November 18, suggested executions loomed for those who led violent protests.
“Some reports say that the judiciary considers execution by hanging for the riot leaders a definite punishment,” Kahyan said, without elaborating.
The recent protests in various Iranian cities and towns began last Friday following the announcement of up to 300 percent increase in gasoline prices as well as the reintroduction of fuel rationing. At least 251 protesters have been killed by security, military and paramilitary forces, at least 3,500 have been wounded and more than 7,000 have been arrested in Iran.
Iranian authorities have also shut down the internet in a bid to hide the extent of their suppression and lethal crackdown on protests, in the longest blackout the country has ever seen.