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Protests Follow Rafsanjani Sermon

From Iran’s Press TV:

In Tehran, protests follow Friday prayers

Fri, 17 Jul 2009

After a top Iranian cleric and official has criticized the authorities for their handling of the country’s disputed presidential election, defiant opposition supporters take to streets of Tehran.

Clashes erupted outside the Tehran University campus on Friday after Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani led the weekly prayers there.

Ayatollah Rafsanjani is a former president and an influential cleric who heads two powerful state institutions, the Expediency Council and the Assembly of Experts.

Rafsanjani criticized the Guardian Council, the electoral watchdog, for failing to allay doubts about the outcome of the presidential election, which according to him, did not benefit anyone in Iran.

He also called for the release of those detained in the course of post-election events.

Following the prayers, thousands of supporters of opposition leader Mir-Hossein Mousavi, who was defeated by the incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, demonstrated at various locations around the Tehran University campus.

Riot police used tear gas to disperse the crowd, who spontaneously staged the demonstration in defiance of a ban on such gatherings.

Mousavi has claimed that the June 12 vote was rigged, questioning the legitimacy of the incoming administration.

President Ahmadinejad, however, has asked the opposition to abandon its pre-election mentality and look forward to the future of the country.

During the Friday prayers, Ayatollah Rafsanjani said he hoped his remarks — in which he offered suggestions for the authorities to end the post-election "crisis" — would mark a new period for the Iranian nation to work toward "unity."

Spin as they might, it is clear that the Iranian people are still now all resigned to being ruled by election-stealing Mullahs.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, July 17th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Protests Follow Rafsanjani Sermon”

  1. beautyofreason says:

    it is clear that the Iranian people are still now all resigned to being ruled by election-stealing Mullahs.

    So true. Even if the elections were somehow honest, the rampant disqualification of real reformist candidates and women shows that Iranian elections are little more than a front for a dictatorship by the unelectable supreme leader. To choose an “Islamic” system at all is to choose tyranny. Should we be surprised that many of the so-called reformist leaders want to continue the Iranian theocracy as it is? They’re just annoyed that the votes were stolen from them, not that the theocratic elections are unfair by nature.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Watch our system here………….I have a feeling that more voter fraud is in store for us and there will be a lot more “Franken” steins invented!!

      I mean ……. we do have our first Halfrican Mullah elected as president.

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    I meant to say that we have our first “closet” mullah as president.

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