Khamenei's new attack on Khatami

Yesterday, the faction affiliated with the mullahs' leader Ali Khamenei staged a demonstration in the holy city Qom. The march was in protest against the crowd's behavior and slogans at the May 23 gathering in Tehran University.

Chanting slogans against the Mojahedin, the demonstrators threatened their opponents with death and warned that they "would not be spared the divine wrath of Iran's Muslim and revolutionary nation."

During the May 23 rally, large groups of people chanted "death to despotism," "death to monopolists," "death to reactionaries," and "free all political prisoners," expressing their opposition to the clerical regime in its entirety. Mullahs' president Mohammad Khatami expressed his opposition to these slogans.

Recent developments in Tehran, Isfahan, Qom, Kermanshah and other Iranian cities, come despite repeated calls and warnings by Khamenei, Hashemi Rafsanjani, Khatami, Majlis Speaker Ali Akbar Nateq-Nouri, Head of the Judiciary Mohammad Yazdi and other officials for the need to maintain unity in the face of the "enemy waiting in the wings on the other side of the borders."

They mark a serious escalation in the unbridled internal power struggle and the irreversible crisis engulfing this medieval theocracy which will expedite its overthrow at the hands of the Iranian people and Resistance.

Fearful of losing control of the situation, the Guard Corps Ground Forces' Commander Mohammad Ali Jafari said that the force's elite units armed with "artillery, tank and mini-Katyusha" had staged an extensive military exercise in eastern Tehran on Monday. He described the maneuver's objective as being "defensive preparedness to thwart any threats by the enemy."

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
May 27, 1998

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