Khamenei speaks in despair

After a month-long hysteric campaign against Mojahedin and the Iranian Resistance, Khamenei, the mullahs' leader, finally came to the stage in Tehran's Friday Prayers today and accused the Mojahedin of "killing Muslims and the supporters of Islam, revolution and the Imam."

Obviously disappointed at the results of the regime's full-fledged propaganda campaign in the past month to prevent outpour of support for the Mojahedin all across the country, he described the Mojahedin as dependent on "complicity with America, the Zionists and Iraq."

Khamenei's anti-Mojahedin remarks today best indicates the regime's frustration in confronting the Mojahedin's increasing activities in Iran as well as the popular uprisings which continue to occur in their support in many parts of the country.

Today, the regime has been forced to break its silence and acknowledge these nationwide activities. The mullahs' military troops and Intelligence Ministry forces are on alert. Nevertheless, their brutal clampdown and campaign of mass arrests and executions these days have not been able to quell or impede the nationwide acts of resistance.

According to reports from Iran, parallel to the escalated activities of the Resistance, the regime's forces are badly terrified and this fear has extended even to the higher levels of government officials, as many of them express disappointment and are gravely concerned about their own future.

Khamenei made a desperate bid today to take advantage of the occasion of the holy month of Ramadhan and the mourning processions for Imam Ali, the Shiites' first leader, to boost the morale of the regime's forces in encountering the Mojahedin.

Khamenei's absurd statements today are a reminder of the remarks of the shah during the last months of his rule, when he, too, tried to attribute the Iranian people's nationwide anti-monarchic movement to the massacre of innocent people by agents of foreign powers. Such remarks, however, only accelerated the Iranian people's overthrow of the shah's regime.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran - Paris
January 31, 1997

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