Iran tortures, kills protesters; 8,000 citizens arrested

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, blames “Americans and Zionists” for the recent protests. The Shiite Muslim hard-liner says money supporting the citizens came from “one of the filthy-rich governments of the Persian Gulf.” (Associated Press/File)

Iran’s rulers have inflicted death by torture and gunfire on citizen protesters in a crackdown since the Dec. 28 street uprising erupted, the main opposition group said Tuesday. The Europe-based National Council of Resistance of Iran says the Islamic republic’s ubiquitous security apparatus has arrested more than 8,000 citizens and killed at least 50, all while…