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Iran: Qom clerics protest against MPs sit-in

A group of clerics and students of religious schools in the holy city of Qom took part in a gathering Tuesday evening to protest against the sit-in strike by a number of members of the Iranian parliament who have been announced disqualified for the 7th Majlis, IRNA reported.

One of the participants in the gathering told IRNA that those who deny the Constitution and the Vali-e Faqih and give a higher priority to the West and Europe than Islam could never represent people in the Majlis.

In a statement issued at the end of the gathering, the Guardians Council was called upon to make a clear distinction between the good and the bad through legal procedures and not to yield to threats because it had fulfilled its religious duty in disqualifying some of the members of the current parliament.

The statement further stressed that those disqualified members of the parliament who have presumably gone on a sit-in strike should not be deceived by people's revolutionary patience because the nation "having the support of the almighty God will cut the hands of the traitors short from the 'house of people'".

... Payvand News - 1/14/04 ... --

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