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Iranian commander urges February 11 marchers to tolerate each other

TEHRAN, Feb. 8 (Mehr News Agency) - A military commander has called on people who participate in the Bahman 22 (February 11) rallies on Thursday to tolerate each other, TABNAK news website reported on Sunday. Both pro-administration and reformist groups have invited their supporters to attend the rallies to celebrate the victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979.

poster depicting Basij forces who are responsible for attacks against opposition protesters.
Iran's Green Opposition Movement is gearing up for another show of force
on February 11, the anniversary of the Islamic Revolution

"All people who participate in the rallies are brothers and sisters, so they should tolerate each other," said Hossein Hamedani, the commander of Tehran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

Saying that marchers belong to the same country and should chant revolutionary, national, and Islamic slogans, he emphasized no one should shout divisive slogans.

He also expressed hope that all people, even those opposed to the performance of the administration, call in chorus for the realization of Imam Khomeini's ideals.

The high-ranking commander went on to say that the IRGC will not let a certain political group appropriate Bahman 22, because it is believed that all those who attend the rallies belong to the entire country's population.

Of course security forces will be present in the scene to keep order, he added.

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