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Iran: Reformist Ayatollahs Bayat Zanjani and Sanei criticize the regime

Source: Mousavi's facebook

Grand Ayatollah Bayat Zanjani, one of the Marajeh (the highest ranking clerics) in Qum, requested that all people to withstand against what he described as division from the principle of Islamic Republic. The Grand Ayatollah while described the confrontation in Iran as a confrontation between two ideologies said: "One side is defending the "Islamic Republic" while the other side does not believe in "Republic" at all and interprets the "Islamic" part the way it likes." He also added that he defends an establishment that has justice, freedom, respect for people's vote and their rights and all of the Islamic Revolution slogans inside of it. He reiterated that one of the reasons behind the 1978 revolution was the fact that authorities had not learned from the past and added: "Unfortunately after a not very long period we are simply being caught by the same bitter historical experience again."

While vaguely condemning the interference of some military personnel in political issues, Grand Ayatollah Bayat Zanjani added that there is a party in Iran that does not consider anyone other than some military personnel suitable to control the political, social or even technological affairs. By pointing out the events after the presidential election he continued: "... the situation has escalated so badly that after the massive obliteration of the character and ideas of Imam's allies and making up different false accusations against every single one of them, today they even sometimes attack Imam Khomeini's family."

Ayatollah Sanei: How could one talk to a person who calls people agents of traitors

Grand Ayatollah Sanei in a meeting with the members of the Qom branch of the "Green Path of Hope" organization by pointing out the differences between people's thoughts and those of the political groups and by expressing that these different views should not lead to division said that differences should be resolved through dialog and negotiation, as this is the rule of democracy. However one should speak and negotiate with a person that could be talked to; and asked how could one talk to a person that calls people agents of traitors and linked to foreigners?! How could one talk to those that easily insult the families of martyred heroes who according to Imam Khomeini should be respected as everyone owe a lot to them?!

... Payvand News - 10/20/09 ... --

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