Iranian Resistance calls for cancellation of Khatami's visit to Italy

The representative of the National Council of Resistance of Iran in Italy, Ms. Mitra Baqeri, strongly condemned the upcoming visit by mullahs' president Mohammad Khatami to Italy. She urged all human rights advocates and organizations in that country to express their abhorrence over the crimes of the medieval regime ruling Iran and their opposition to this trip.

If this trip were to take place, Ms. Baqeri said, Italy would be the first European country which would welcome the President of the mullahs' religious, terrorist dictatorship. In view of the mullahs' admission to the role of the Ministry of Intelligence in the recent political murders, diplomatic and trade relations with this regime are more than any other time unjustified than now and run counter to the principles of human rights.

The NCR representative in Rome added: Fearing the revelation of the role of the Guards Corps, other organs and regime's leaders, including his own and Khamenei's in these murders, Khatami is doing his best to prevent the exposure of identities of those ordering and carrying out these recent murders. He is also heaping praise on the intelligence Ministry's henchmen and torturers to prevent a crack in the wall of repression.

These developments reaffirm that as far as repression and the denial of the Iranian people's right to sovereignty is concerned, Khatami is no different from other factions and leaders of the regime, Ms. Bagheri added.

She said: Today, claims that Khatami is moderate are proven unfounded and his rhetoric about the rule of law and civil society is but a deception. If Khatami were true to his words, he should have first and foremost dissolved the Intelligence Ministry and the Guards Corps, which are the embodiment of savagery, barbarism and outlaw behavior, and arrested and prosecuted those criminals whose hands are stained with the blood of 120,000 martyrs of the Iranian Resistance.

On the contrary, more than 300 persons have been hanged in public during Khatami's presidency and at least eight persons stoned to death. Khatami defends velayat-e faqih with the most fascist terms such as "the superior will" with "abundant authority" and "approved by God and linked to the revelation." He lauds the murderers working at the Ministry of Intelligence, describing them as "sincere cadres" and "precious assets of the country." He advised them not to be in despair and continue their repression and massacre of innocent people.

In circumstances where the Iranian economy is on the verge of collapse, and the Iranian people's cry of protest against political and social repression, poverty and high prices, and the call for the overthrow of the mullahs' anti-human regime are echoing across the country, expanding political and economic relations with the mullahs is fruitless and will only encourage them to continue their repression and export of terrorism.

Representative office of the National Council of Resistance of Iran - Rome
January 13, 1999

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