Street controls and inspections increased five folds under Khatami

The presence of the Guards Corps, State Security Forces, and Intelligence Ministry agents has increased five folds in Tehran and other cities in the past months, reports from Iran say.

Street controls and inspections of ordinary people have been stepped up to an unprecedented level, and a major sector of the Guards Corps has been stationed in the Guards Corps garrisons in Tehran.

Widespread public discontent, popular uprisings in different parts of the country, expansion of the activities of the Resistance forces, and internal conflicts have prompted such escalation of repressive measures.

Khamenei, the leader, Khatami, the president, and Rafsanjani, the former president of the mullahs' regime recently met with the officials of the Intelligence Ministry and emphasized the vital role of this organ in preserving the country's security and stability. The extraordinary meetings were held in order to "examine the explosive situation in the society."

In his remarks after the approval of his cabinet in the mullahs' parliament, Khatami underscored the need to use violence to preserve the regime's existence. He also declared that he would expand the country's security and information gathering networks "to confront serious internal and external threats."

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
January 2, 1998

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