Grand Ayatollah Montazeri advises Iran officials to end oppression
Reformist cleric Ayatollah Hoseinali Montazeri persists in his criticism of the
Iranian government through his public statements. This time he warned Islamic
Republic officials to draw lessons from the fate of the governments of Iran's
late Mohammad Reza Shah and world despots before it is too late.
Ayatollah Hoseinali Montazeri
He added that it is not possible to govern through "oppression, fear and a
police state" filling prisons with thinkers and freedom-seekers.
In a letter to Ayatollah Montazeri, the Association of Reformist Women has
expressed their alarm over the mistreatment of detainees in Iranian prisons. "We
Muslim women have no assurance for our safety and do not know what will become
of us if we fall into the hands of strangers and the irreligious?" the letter
reads. The reformist group writes that in the present situation the moral and
religious security of women is under threat. The letter goes on to say: "We are
concerned for the future of our children because they are startled by actions of
the government that compromises its legitimacy, and we as parents have no
answers for them."
Ayatollah Montazeri responded to the Association of Reformist Women saying:
"Some are tested through governing and managing the affairs until they reveal
how far they are dedicated to the Islamic values."
Following the June presidential elections, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's announced
victory caused an eruption of nationwide protests. Unofficial reports of vote
fraud circulated all over the media bringing supporters of reform in Iran to
join street protest in all the major cities of Iran.
The government attacked protesters causing tens of deaths and hundreds of
injuries. Of the 4000 detainees of the post-election turmoil, 300 are still in
prison and by many accounts subject to severe torture and pressure.
Ayatollah Montazeri and several other prominent clerics have spoken out against
these hostilities. In addition to the Association of Reformist Women, Islamic
Iran Participation Front, Organization of Mujahedin of the Islamic Revolution,
Executives of Construction Party, Association of Combatant Clerics, Association
of Qom Scholars and Researchers and several other groups have condemned the
government violence in the post-election events.
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