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Iran: Cleric calls on officials to deal with remaining 'seditionists'

Source: Mehr News Agency, Tehran

Tehran Friday prayer leader Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati has urged concerned officials to take firm action against the remaining people who staged protests following the June 2009 presidential election.

The remaining 'seditionists'?
Photo: Massive protest rally by opposition in central Tehran on June 15, 2009

"These people should be detained and dealt with. Delay in dealing with them is injustice," Jannati told worshippers on Friday.

He emphasized that the issue of dealing with the opposition should be taken seriously, saying "Enemy and the seditionists are not inactive, they are smoldering fires."

Jannati also said that the political prisoners should not be granted furloughs.

"Some seditionists seek asylum in foreign countries while on furlough, and hatch plots against the sacred Islamic system, so I don't approve of granting furloughs to the people who are not regretful and repentant," he stated.

A poster by Iran's green movement about the political prisoners
Thousands of people have been detained since the June 2009 elections

The Guardian Council chairman also commented on the subsidy reform plan and said the government should deal firmly with those wholesalers and retailers who seek to take advantage of subsidy cuts and raise prices illegally.

The government should take action against illegal rise in the prices, otherwise people will blame the implementation of the subsidy reform plan for the price hikes, he noted.

Subsidy reform plan envisages the elimination of the subsidies on fuel, energy, and certain goods over the course of five years. The administration has decided to pay cash subsidies for an undecided period of time to compensate low-income families for the inflationary repercussions of the plan. The initial stage of the plan began on October 19 as the administration started to pay cash subsidies into the people's accounts.

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