Iran’s supreme leader warns opposition, decries foreign interferenceJuly 20th, 2009 - 6:47 pm ICT by IANS
Tehran, July 20 (DPA) Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Monday warned the country’s opposition against provoking further unrest and decried alleged foreign interference following the June 12 presidential election.
“Our scholars should be careful what they say and what they do not say,” Khamenei said in a meeting with state officials, carried by state television.
“There might be different political tastes in Iran but when the people realise that the enmity is with the system then they will keep their distance,” added the ayatollah, who according to the constitution has the final say on all state affairs.
Although not mentioned by name, the leader was apparently referring to Friday prayer sermons by ex-president Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani, who termed the recent developments over alleged election fraud as a “crisis”.
“Saying wrong things and not saying some other things might lead to a downfall,” said the ayatollah without further elaborating.
Former president Mohammad Khatami said Sunday that a referendum should be held on the legitimacy of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s re-election. He also strongly criticised violence used against protestors and the detaining of former officials.
The Iranian opposition has formed a triangle compromising of Rafsanjani, Mir-Hossein Moussavi and former president Khatami, whose criticism of President Ahmadinejad and refusal to acknowledge his re-election have led to differences with the establishment and the leadership.
“Distorting the country’s security is one of the biggest sins,” Khamenei said, referring to the supporters of the opposition movement who last Friday once again rushed into the streets and shouted slogans against the president.
Khamenei further warned the opposition that the Western world would misuse the protests against the Islamic republic and stir up the unrests.
“The enemies should not be underestimated and even though they claim not to interfere, they still do in a shameless way,” he said.
The foreign media in Iran is banned from directly covering the protest demonstrations and only allowed to cover from their offices.
- Six-year jail for former Iranian reformist - Jan 17, 2010
- Ahmadinejad warns opposition ahead of protests - Jun 04, 2010
- Black, green prevail as Tehran streets again thronged (Lead) - Jun 18, 2009
- Protesters should not be punished, says Khatami - Dec 21, 2009
- Iran's Rafsanjani defies clergy criticism - Jul 27, 2009
- Ahmadinejad sues senior religious leader for insulting remark - Sep 13, 2009
- WikiLeaks reveals Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei has terminal cancer - Nov 30, 2010
- Rafsanjani to lead next Friday prayer, renewed protests expected - Aug 08, 2009
- Rafsanjani to discuss Iran crisis with clerics - Jul 19, 2009
- Iran's Ahmadinejad under pressure from all sides - Jul 27, 2009
- Iranian judge orders action against jailed protesters - Jul 27, 2009
- Iran's Ayatollah Montazeri buried in Qom amid protests - Dec 22, 2009
- Khamenei warns opposition against undermining establishment - Dec 13, 2009
- Iran's ex-president ousted as head of key state body - Mar 08, 2011
- Plot to kill Iran's supreme leader unearthed - Dec 11, 2011
Tags: akbar hashemi rafsanjani, ali khamenei, ayatollah ali khamenei, election fraud, enmity, hossein, iranian opposition, mahmoud ahmadinejad, mir hossein moussavi, mohammad khatami, opposition movement, president ahmadinejad, president khatami, president mahmoud ahmadinejad, president mohammad khatami, protestors, state affairs, state television, supreme leader ayatollah, supreme leader ayatollah ali khamenei