Source: Radio Zamaneh
Hardline cleric, Ahmad Khatami who has repeatedly derided the post-election protests and the opposition leaders from Tehran's Friday Mass Prayers podium, was hard at his efforts today claiming protesters, which he has dubbed as "rioters", did not dare appear in February 11 demonstrations.
Despite Ahmad Khatami's claims, reports indicate
that security forces and pro-government mobs in plain clothes attacked
protesters and the opposition leaders, even briefly arresting some of them, in
order to stop them from joining the demonstrations.
Khatami told today's worshipers in Tehran that international media had gathered on February 11 to relay "disturbances and clashes" rather than reflect the "epic" support of people for the Islamic Republic.
Reportedly international media representatives were bussed on February 11 directly to the place of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's speech and forbidden from reporting on the presence of protesters or clashes on the sidelines.
Ahmad Khatami dismissed the gravity of the protesters' demands and maintained that the people are fed up with the opposition.
In the past eight months, over five thousand protesters of the June presidential elections, which they claim was fraudulent, were arrested and at least 40 have been killed.
The government tried to suppress the planned protests for February 11 by engaging in a new wave of arrests prior to the set date and enforcing harsh security measures during the events.
Against all odds, protesters did gather on February 11 and State media reportedly censored images of Green protesters and even had to cut off the sound from some of its coverage of the demonstrations to deny presence of protesters.
History repeats: Newspaper headlines from pre-revolution era and today call protesters rioters
Iranian hardliners slam opposition leaders
Iranian hardliners slam opposition leaders for refusing to return into the conservative fold of the Islamic Republic.
Mohammadreza Bahonar, secretary-general of the Islamic Engineers Society declared today that the "leaders of the sedition" refuse to change their ways or listen to any "advice." In a press conference this morning he maintained: "The leaders of the sedition have been repeatedly invited by pro-regime political activists and the Supreme Leader to return to the bosom of the regime but some have neglected the advice and two or three of them have failed to return."
The Iranian establishment has been referring to prominent faces of the opposition, specifically MirHosein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, who are the two presidential candidates that still dispute the victory of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the June elections, as "leaders of the sedition."
ILNA reports that the head of the Islamic Engineers Society told reporters that the "leaders of the sedition" have come together with the "sworn enemies of the Revolution" and therefore the judiciary has to deal with them.
The Deputy Speaker of the Parliament also added that these individuals are at the point of no return and "have abused the resources that the regime had provided for them."
In the same vein, Ali Saeedi Ayatollah Khamenei's representative in the Revolutionary Guards also spoke out against opposition leaders today saying: "The righteousness of groups and the elite is evaluated by their movement in the path of righteousness and not by their such and such revolutionary background or their closeness to the Imam in Neauphle-le-Chateau, Paris and Tehran."
Iranians refer to the late founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Khomeini as "Imam." He was exiled to Iraq and later France before returning to Iran in 1979 to become the leader of the Revolution and establishing the Islamic Republic regime. Many of today's opposition leaders were intimates of Ayatollah Khomeini throughout his political activities.
The Supreme Leader's representative added: "Today one cannot claim impartiality; you are either for or against what is right."
The divisions in the Islamic Republic regime have become more and more pronounced in the course of the recent election protests even in the silences of some of the most powerful figures of the establishment such as Ayatollah Rafsanjani, the Chairman of the Expediency Council and the Assembly of Experts.
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