President Khatami, at a gathering of local residents of Bojnourd city, urged the above-stated institutions not to let the achievements of the Islamic Revolution be misused by certain groups to push forward their own aspirations.
"If a crime is committed, the responsible organizations should deal with it and if not no one is permitted to deal with it under whatever pretext," Khatami said.
He stressed that all people should respect the laws of the country, adding that ministers, MPs and judges should not only be the ones insured from insult and pressure but the people themselves should also be free to live and work within the framework of the law.
"We have one government (in Iran)," the president said, adding that "(establishing) a government inside the government under any pretext and in the form of pressure groups or special currents is tantamount to weakening the revolution and the system, and disrespect for the blood of martyrs and people who have risen up for the cause of democracy."
"Freedom is not to stop others from expressing themselves and freedom is not to accuse and insult people under the flag of Islam, religion and revolution.
"Freedom means everyone should have the right to express himself, the MPs and writers express themselves and to be treated in the framework of law and justice when a crime is committed," Khatami told the gathering.
He said nothing but the law restricts freedom, adding "freedom would be restored in a country that the opponents have also the right to express their views."
Khatami said as far as freedom is concerned it should be based on law and cultural and religious values.
He reiterated that we have suffered greatly from not observing the law, and said the establishment of the current system and the constitution are among the major achievements of the Islamic Revolution.
He termed the ongoing situation in the country as "sensitive and important" and added: "(Today) we need unity and solidarity more than ever under current situation that the enemies of the system cast covetous eye."
"Unity and solidarity do not mean absence of differences. Unity means that all power camps should struggle to actualize the demands of people.
"The Iranian people have risen up in the name of Islam to achieve democracy and freedom."
The Iranian president said that democracy would be restored under the condition of people's presence in all political, economic and cultural fields.
"The officials should prepare the grounds for people's legitimate freedom and their presence in the country's affairs based on the demand of the revolution and the nation," Khatami added.
"We declare to the world that we seek independence, freedom and an Islamic Republic that works in the name of Islam."
He said differences of opinion are natural, adding that "I may also have objections to certain views but give my opponents the right to express their views in the framework of law."
He noted that in a law-abiding community that has judges and courts and security and military forces, no one should allow himself to do a work that he does not like the others to do so.
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