Khatami warns for year of crises

10 Apr 2010

Iran’s former President Mohammad Khatami warned that if the authorities do not come up with effective policies, the coming year will be the year of social crises.
Reformist website Kalameh reports that the reformist cleric maintained: “If it is said that the system is the same as these erroneous methods and nothing else and whoever has any enlightened ideas will be sidelined with various accusations, then the result will be that the young generation and others will say if this is the system, we do not want it.”
Khatami, who was speaking for a group of students at the University of Tehran, expressed concern that the mistaken policies of the government may lead young people away from “the essence of the Revolution.”

Yesterday, opposition leader, Mir-Hossein Mousavi also spoke about the regime’s loss of legitimacy.

In the past ten months, thousands of dissidents protesting the outcome of the June presidential elections have been arrested and tens of people have been killed. Protesters have been sentenced to long prison terms and exile while a few have also received death penalty.
Mohammad Khatami condemned the slandering efforts of Islamic Republic’s official media and maintained that since media activities within the country have been so oppressed, people are turning to foreign media which has lead to rumours, “confusion and chaos.”
The reformist leader once more insisted that the reform movement does not want to topple the government. He added: “The country has to come out of its security atmosphere, people’s requests and demands should not be ignored and freedom of political prisoners, of interaction and of election should be established.” Islamic Republic authorities have repeatedly accused protesters of conspiring to topple the government.

Khatami also emphasized that the government cannot be “above the law and have absolute power”, he added: “It is no longer possible for the people to accept despotic governments that want to dictate everything from above.”

source: Radio Zamaneh

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