Iran protest planners will fail: Ahmadinejad

Iran protest planners will fail: Ahmadinejad

A dumpster burns on a street during clashes between protestors and police near Azadi Square in Tehran February 14, 2011. (ANTARA/Reuters )

Tehran (ANTARA News/AFP) - Iran`s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Tuesday that the "enemies" who planned the anti-government protests in Tehran on Monday will fail to achieve their goals.

"It is evident and clear that the Iranian nation has enemies because it is a country which wants to shine and achieve its peak and wants to change relations (between countries) in the world," Ahmadinejad said in a live interview on state television.

"Of course there is a lot of animosity, even against the government. But they (protest planners) will not achieve their goals," he said when asked to react to anti-government protests which occurred on Tehran`s streets on Monday.

Two people were killed in the protests and several were wounded, including nine members of security forces, officials say.

Thousands of supporters of Iran`s opposition groups staged the protest, chanting anti-Ahmadinejad slogans under the pretext of holding a rally in support of Arab uprisings. (*)