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Major Iranian cleric calls on cartoon protesters not to attack embassies

Tehran, Feb 10, IRNA-Substitute Friday prayers leader of Tehran Hojatoleslam Ahmad Khatami called on the cartoon protesters not to attack embassies. "The religious zealots are demanded not to attack embassies as a sign of protest and anger," said Khatami in an address to large groups of worshipers attending this week's Friday prayers congregation at Tehran University campus.

Khatami said the westerners are on the watch to use blitz of their embassies as a pretext to outcry their innocence worldwide.

"Slogans, demonstrations and condemnation of the shameful measure of the western media are all sacred; but they (westerners) like their embassies set ablaze so that they will be able to outcry their innocence worldwide.... When gasoline is kept in the cellar of an embassy, this means that they do like their embassies set ablaze," said the Hojatoleslam.

He advised the audience to refrain from such practices as attacking an embassy but continue to show their anger and fury.

"They should be deprived of the pretext; but undoubtedly, your anger and resentment should continue until their complete repentance," added the major cleric.

Calling western approach towards such issues as human rights, freedom of expression and disarmament "contradictory", Khatami said, "On the one hand, they are preaching human rights and on the other hand, impudently desecrate holy prophet of Islam, thus insulting more than one billion Muslims."

Calling Danish Prime Minister "foolish," Khatami said, "The stupid Prime Minister of Denmark says it is worthy of enduring economic losses for the sake of freedom but on the other hand these individuals do not allow comments on the Holocaust myth in the west."

He said they insult the prophet, while the head of a state, who claims to be supporting democracy, impudently supports those committing the sacreligious move. "This is the climax of lying, wickedness and humiliation."

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