Mr. Rajavi: Khatami's remarks yesterday display mullahs' fear of overthrow

Mr. Massoud Rajavi, President of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, described Mohammad Khatami's remarks at Tehran University last night as a weak and apprehensive counterattack against Khamenei's attack 10 days ago at Tehran University, the Guards Corps' onslaught and orchestrated demonstrations in Isfahan.

Mr. Rajavi added: By stressing that "the axis and pillar of this system is the supreme leader and the vali-e faqih, around whom all institutions and organs take shape," Khatami rendered hollow all of his slogans about freedom and the rule of law. For, freedom, the rule of law and people's sovereignty are in total contradiction with the essence of the velayat-e faqih regime and its constitution. Neither this regime nor the vali-e faqih or its president enjoy any legitimacy. Khatami's hollow posturing and rhetoric only reflect the regime's weakness and despair in the face of the people and the Resistance.

Khatami's repeated emphasis that "freedom is different from chaos" and his warnings that: "God forbid, we must not act immaturely and allow the enemies to take advantage of the way we deal with freedom" is indicative of the mullahs' fear of inevitable overthrow by the Iranian people and Resistance. Khatami said: "We must definitely be vigilant so that... we would not take the direction of our enemies."

Mr. Rajavi said: Khatami's warning that "freedom must not undermine the tenets of Islam," comes as the mullahs' religious, terrorist dictatorship has justified all of its atrocities in the past 19 years in the name of "Islam."

In yesterday's gathering at Tehran University, large groups of people chanted slogans against repression and torture such as "death to despotism," but Khatami tried to prevent them from doing so.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
May 24, 1998

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