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Iran's President: The power holders who don't represent the people use power against them

President Mohammad Khatami said on Sunday that democracy is for the people to harness power, IRNA reported from Tehran.

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Speaking in the academic Kharazmi International Festival, the president said that the human community are unanimous on the need to stop complacency of the rulers.

"The power holders who don't represent the people use power not for the service of the people but against them. They even exploit religion, science, arts and ethics to strengthen themselves and humiliate others," President Khatami said.

"Such powerful people always try to distort history and cover up their ugly face under the beauty of garment, but, the history will make the right judgement after a while," he said.

"To harness power is the fruit of democracy. Democracy is the outcome of sufferings, humiliations, affronts and hard campaign for which man has paid a heavy price," he said.

"We should not say that democracy and freedom may lead to occupation or suppression. Such attitude is a treason," he said.

Comparing the power holders with the individuals who contributed to the progress of human community and welfare in the course of the history, President Khatami said that the complacent monarchs go away, but the individuals working for the people's welfare remain forever.

He paid respect to all the peace loving people, learned personalities and scientists who made efforts to advance human life. The achievements of such peace loving people are always being honored along the history, but, those oppressors who follow their own complacency during their short and shameful life span never experience such a honor.

Defending his theory of compatibility of the social freedom and individual dignity with the lofty teachings of Islam, President Khatami said that sooner or later the power seeking politicians will go thereafter, but, the memory of peace loving individuals will remain in the history forever.

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