Iranian opposition chief compares Supreme Chief to toppled Shah

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FILE PHOTO: Iranian Supreme Chief Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks throughout Friday prayers in Tehran, September 14, 2007. Information/Morteza Nikoubazl//File Photograph

GENEVA (Information) – Iranian opposition chief Mirhossein Mousavi has in contrast Supreme Chief Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to the Shah, the monarch deposed in a 1979 revolution, following the federal government’s crackdown on protests this month.

The unrest started on Nov. 15 after the federal government of the Islamic Republic, one in every of OPEC’s largest oil producers, introduced gasoline value hikes. However the protests shortly turned political, with demonstrators demanding the removing of prime leaders.

Khamenei has described the violence because the work of a “very harmful conspiracy”. The Tehran authorities has blamed “thugs” linked to its opponents in exile and the nation’s important international foes, particularly the US, Israel and Saudi Arabia.

Iran has given no official loss of life toll, however Amnesty Worldwide has stated that not less than 161 individuals have been killed. Tehran has rejected this determine.

Mousavi’s feedback about Khamenei, the best authority within the Islamic Republic, had been posted in an announcement on the opposition Kaleme web site. He made a reference to an notorious 1978 bloodbath which rallied public assist and led to the toppling of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.

“The killers of the 12 months 1978 had been the representatives of a non-religious regime and the brokers and shooters of November 2019 are the representatives of a non secular authorities,” he stated. “Then the commander in chief was the Shah and in the present day, right here, the Supreme Chief with absolute authority.”

He referred to as on the federal government to “take note of the repercussions of the Jaleh sq. killings” of 1978.

Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi ran in a presidential election in June 2009 however misplaced out to hardliner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The 2 males turned figureheads for Iranians who staged mass protests after the vote, which they stated was rigged.

Karroubi, Mousavi and Mousavi’s spouse Zahra Rahnavard have been beneath home arrest in Tehran since 2011 after the opposition leaders referred to as on supporters to rally in solidarity with pro-democracy uprisings in Arab international locations.

Reporting By Babak Dehghanpisheh; Enhancing by Pravin Char