Payvand.com - In a candid and shocking appearance on Iran's state television, a leading Iranian cleric ayatollah stated that instead or arresting and suppressing the opposition protesters, it would be better to kill them. "The more of them are killed, the more beneficial. If the armed forces kill some of them, it is to our benefit." Ayatollah Mehyaddin Haeri Shirazi said.
Haeri Shirazi talked about how the protest movement by the leftist in the early years of the Islamic Republic was effectively crushed by the authorities: "[the government] arrested them in the afternoon and the same night announced the names of 30 people killed or executed by the government forces. Nothing happened. Why? Because they killed them."
Haeri Shirazi stated the arrests as bad for public opinion: "When they are arrested, it is bad; when they are captured, it is bad. Do not make victims out of them." He rather insisted that killing the opposition protesters "is sanctioned by obedience to Allah and the prophet and is handed down to the Supreme Leader. When it is sanctioned by such a power, there is no need to go through the government powers."
Haeri Shirazi warned
the opposition forces not to underestimate the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei: "Do
not look upon the Supreme Leader as a person with a soft turban on his head, and
that you can beat him. His support comes from the Hidden Imam Mahdi, he is made
of iron. It will come back down to break your own heads."
|Photos posted on internet show Basij militants shooting at
protesters during the most recent protests in Tehran on December 27.
At least 8 people died in the protests as confirmed by the
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