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Faezeh Hashemi's Take on Conditions in Iran: Repression, Despotism and Dictatorship

By Nima Farahabadi, Rooz Online

Faezeh Hashemi

The daughter of Iran's veteran politician and revolutionary leader Hashemi Rafsanjani told Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia that conditions in Iran amounted to "dictatorship."

In her interview, Faezeh Hashemi reiterated that Iran's protest green movement was alive, while airing stern comments against the Islamic republic and the administration of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Comparing the Islamic republic to dictatorial and despotic regimes, she said, "A dictator does not allow other people to have a share in power or allow them to express themselves." She added that such issues took place in regimes that were not elected by people and which do not respect the wishes of people.

These strong words by the daughter of the head of Iran's powerful State Expediency Council and the chairman of the Assembly of Experts on Leadership that is legally mandated to monitor the affairs of the supreme leader against the government and regime come at a time when pressure to prosecute him and his other children, particularly Mehdi Hashemi are on the rise.

Mehdi Hashemi

Rafsanjani's son Mehdi, who is currently in Britain, has been accused by Admadinejad's administration and other judiciary and security authorities of the Islamic republic of being involved in the organization of the 2009 protests and have called for his return to Iran to face trial.

His daughter Faezeh too has been under pressure from Ahmadinejad's allies and security-military agencies such as Basij. During the presidential election of 2009, she publicly supported the candidacy of Mir-Hossein Mousavi through speeches and interviews. In one instance she called Ahmadinejad's administration "a resented" government. After the election results were announced, Faezeh took part in most street protests and was arrested while participating in the bloody June 20 clashes and subsequently released after a few hours.

The Green Movement is Alive

In the interview, and in response to the question by the La Vanguardia reporter who asked whether Iran's green movement was dead, she replied, "I do not think so! Protests, resentment and discontent continue and not only have they not diminished, but on the contrary have even become deeper, even though people have gone from the streets to their houses. This is because people are not allowed to massively express their dissatisfaction."

Addressing the repression against the green movement and the media censorship in Iran she said, "The media is under government control. They cannot even mention the names of the leaders of the reformers such as Mousavi, Karoubi or Khatami and they cannot publish my political comments. It may appear that people have calmed down, but this is merely the fašade for the greater pressures that they face."

Speaking about the conflict between her father and Ahmadinejad's administration, she said, "Authorities view my father as a barrier to their goals. If they remove him, this will lead to an even faster destruction of the state. Any project that is inaugurated today has its roots in my father's administration. "

Faezeh also spoke about the attack on her offices and the monitoring of her personal telephone calls and emails by the government and said current conditions in the country amounted to dictatorship and despotism, adding, "Women too are being suppressed in the same way that government critics and dissidents are."

In conclusion, speaking about the wide rift between the people and the regime she said, "One has to consider that Iran is a conservative society and while it may appear that we have intellectuals in the capital and particularly the northern districts of Tehran, we are in reality have a conservative society, and therefore it is difficult to convince them to change some traditional laws. One cannot say that the government alone is responsible for everything."

Last year on May 29, security forces raided the Faezeh office at the Islamic Federation of Women's Sports and confiscated the documents and property there, while sealing off the offices.

At that time, Parleman news website had reported, "these individuals [security agents raiding her office] even helped themselves to the orange juice and drinks in her office and took measures to move the safes around and breaking locks without taking their contents while damaging fans, tea samovars, messing up other items in the house and only took away an obsolete computer monitor and two decorative boxes."

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