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Ayatollah Rafsanjani said to stand firm on upholding people's rights

Report Source: Radio Zamaneh

Faezeh Hashemi

Faezeh Hashemi daughter of Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani says his father will not compromise over people's rights adding that his father's demands are the very demands of the Green Movement.

Today in an interview with Rooz on line, speaking of the role of his father in the post-election events in Iran, she maintained: "You could also consider him as one of the Greens."

Iranian political scene has been in turmoil since the June presidential election when millions of demonstrators took to the streets to protest against what they considered a rigged ballot that brought Mahmoud Ahmadinejad back for another term at presidency.

The protests, which have continued over the past nine months and come to be known as the Green Movement, have met with grave violence from security and police forces causing tens of deaths and thousands of arrests.

Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani, Chairmen of the Expediency Council and the Assembly of Experts spoke in support of protesters last July at Tehran Friday Mass Prayers announcing that release of all political prisoners, compensating the victims of the government crackdown on protesters and allowing for a politically open atmosphere for the opposition, as steps toward resolving the crisis.

Faezeh Hashemi maintained that her father stands by the solutions he had suggested in July. The political activist added that her father has not come back to the Friday Mass podium since then because he is concerned that people might get hurt.

Video: Basijis harass Faezeh Hashemi in Tehran - December 12, 2009

In July, after Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani's speech in Tehran Mass Prayers, security forces attacked worshipers and protesters arresting scores of people.

Faezeh Hashemi claimed extremists are trying to put the Chairman of the Assembly of Experts aside in order to achieve their goals.

She added that his father is standing by people's rights in his own way because he has "foresight and knows what is expedient for the current situation of the society."

She went on to say that "in the current situation any compromises without consideration of the people's rights and the damages they have suffered is questionable."

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