Mr. Massoud Rajavi, President of the National Council of Resistance, condemned Khamenei's criminal threats against Montazeri and dissident clergymen. He said: Khamenei's disgraceful retreat and his threats against Montazeri, come as he failed to garner support among the regime's various factions and the clerics in Qom. This reveals the weakness and isolation of Khamenei and his faction and reflects the irreversible power struggle among the feuding factions which further unravels the regime and expedites its overthrow.
Citing Khamenei's remarks that Khatami had backed his actions against Montazeri, the NCR President added: The recent developments demonstrate that the clerical regime and its new President have neither the power nor the interest to step even a single step back from all-out repression. The notion of reform within this regime is only a myth.
Khamenei's speech was made yesterday in the gathering of members of Bassij in Tehran, publicized for weeks in the context of the five-million-strong maneuvers marking the Week of the Bassij. Nevertheless, the regime could muster only a limited crowd for the speech by Khamenei in the capital.
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
November 27, 1997