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Iran: Ayatollah Rafsanjani Condemns Government's Scare Tactics

Source: Radio Zamaneh; photos by Mohammad Kazempour, Mehr News Agency

Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani, the most powerful figure in the Islamic Republic establishment who has sided with post-election protesters, slammed his protractors today saying those who think they can resolve issues "by scaring people and exerting pressure are mistaken." He maintained that these policies may resolve issues on the surface, but "in a short while, the same issues will surface in more widespread form."

ILNA reports that the Chairman of the Expediency Council who was speaking in a meeting with a group of Shiite clerics added that "with the dismantling of media monopolies, today's generation are well-informed and they'll only be more so in the future."

"We must treat people in way that they feel their rights are being respected," Chairman of the Expediency Council urged.

Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani advised Islamic Republic authorities to strengthen "society's trust" in the system by executing the provisions of the constitution.

In the past six months, Iran has been in turmoil over allegations of fraud in the June presidential election that brought Mahmoud Ahmadinejad back to power. Protests have been suppressed while leaders of the opposition, including Ayatollah Rafsanjani and the disputing candidates, Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi have been accused of fomenting unrest and threatening the system.


Hardliners have also repeatedly accused Hashemi Rafsanjani of "financial corruption."

Ayatollah Yazdi, head of Qom seminary, Heydar Moslehi, Interior Minister and Morteza Tamaddon, Premier of Tehran have directly attacked the Chairman of the Expediency Council.

Ayatollah Rafsanjani has refuted all attacks against him saying: "Some people make their reputation by slandering others and the appropriate response to such people is silence."

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