Source: Radio Zamaneh
Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, criticized the silence of some of the "elite" and called on them to clarify their stance vis a vis those who have "questioned" the elections.
Speaking in a committee in charge of organizing
the events celebrating the anniversary of the 1979 Revolution in Iran, Ayatollah
Khamenei asked the "elite" to end their "two-sided stances" and clarify the
lines of division between themselves and the enemies.
He had also said earlier that the silence of the "elite, aids the sedition."
In the past seven months, Iran has witnessed widespread protests to the re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the June presidential elections which protesters claim was rigged.
In the course of the protests, security forces have arrested thousands of people and tens of people have been killed.
Protesters have taken to the streets on every special date in the Islamic Republic calendar to bring home the persistence of their dissent.
Despite much intimidation by government and Basij paramilitary forces, the Green Opposition turned funeral ceremony of Iranian Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, the spiritual father of Iran's reform movement, held on December 21, 2009 in the city of Qom, into a huge show of force. Memorials for Montazeri were banned across Iran except for Qom and Najafabad.
The anti- government and anti-leadership slogans
chanted during these events were dismissed by Ayatollah Khamenei claiming they a
"merely a small deceived group."
He also added that "the enemy is trying to shaken our great national treasure, February 11 (anniversary of Iranian Revolution). Therefore we need to be in the arena in full force and make wise moves."
Opposition forces have announced that they will continue their protests by joining the February 11 events.
poster by the green opposition inviting people to protest on February 11
Revealing the deepening divisions that have
overtaken the Islamic Republic establishment since the start of the June
presidential election, Ayatollah Khamenei claimed: "It must be clarified whether
those who are within the Islamic Republic regime are willing to separate
themselves from the enemy."
The Islamic Republic has tried to portray the protests as a foreign-backed conspiracy to topple the regime.
The leaders of the opposition which are all by many definitions part of the Islamic Republic "elite" have refused to back down from their allegation of fraud in the elections and claim that while they do not recognize the legitimacy of the tenth government, they are by no means against the regime.
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