Basijis should be standard-bearers of moderation: Rafsanjani
Source: Mehr News Agency, Tehran
Expediency Council Chairman Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has said that
the Basij volunteer forces should be standard-bearers of moderation and avoid
Basij attacking protesters in Tehran on December 27, 2009
played a leading role in suppressing the opposition protests after June 2009
"The Basij, like its founder (late Imam Khomeini), should be
the standard-bearer of moderation in cultural and social affairs," Rafsanjani
said in a letter released on Friday on the anniversary of the establishment of
the Basij organization in 1979 on the order of Imam Khomeini.
As a great national asset the Basij should not carry out
extremist actions under the influence of "political brouhahas" and should not be
"polluted" by the political groups that are trying to take advantage of the
Basij to achieve their political goals, he noted.
Ayatollah Khamenei accuses opposition
Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told a gathering of Tehran's
thousands of Basij militia members that election protesters of 2009
put their desire for power above the interests of the country.
Rafsanjani added this people-based organization should only try to serve the
interests of Islam, Iran, and the Islamic system and fight against those who are
acting against Iran and Islam.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Rafsanjani praised the role of Basijis in defending
the country during the imposed war (1980-88 Iran-Iraq war) and supporting the
Islamic system and government since the victory of the Islamic Revolution.
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