Mousavi hits back at Iran’s Supreme Leader

7 Jun 2010

Iranian opposition leader Mir-Hossein Mousavi accuses Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei of self-aggrandisement, saying that some consider themselves at the level of the highest saints of Islam, and that “those who are against violations, lies, corruption and abandoning the constitution and bankrupting the country with made-up policies” have to stand against them.
In Friday’s ceremony marking the anniversary of the death of Ayatollah Khomeini, the late founder of the Islamic Republic, Khamenei accused the opposition leaders of siding with the country’s enemies and claimed that their past credentials are of no value if they have chosen to side with the “enemies” in the present.
Mousavi, once considered as one of the pillars of the Islamic Republic regime, hit back at the Supreme Leader’s statements saying it was in fact the policies of the “cult” government of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad backed by the Supreme Leader that is ravaging Iranian economy and society. “One should ask who has presented a golden opportunity to the US, Israel, Monafeghin and the monarchists with destructive, non-transparent and misleading policies?” The Islamic Republic considers the dissident group People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran as one of its arch-enemies and refers to it as Monafeghin.
The opposition leader went on to ask: “Is it those who seek freedom and justice or rather the dubious cults that have ravaged the lives of workers, teachers, civil servants and farmers?” In a report posted on Kaleme website, Mousavi also condemned the actions of hecklers during the speech of Hassan Khomeini and described it as “an engineered plan” aimed at the omission of Hassan Khomeini from the political scene.
The war of words between Islamic Republic establishment and the opposition has sharpened with the approach of the anniversary of the controversial 2009 presidential elections which the opposition claims was rigged to secure the re-election of Ahmadinejad. The opposition has applied for a permit to stage a peaceful demonstration on this date which they claim is their constitutional right.

source: Radio Zamaneh

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