Rajavi: Khatami fires a coup de grace at his "reform" show by vowing to suppress uprising in Tehran

Mr. Massoud Rajavi, President of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, commented on mullahs' President Mohammad Khatami's interview this evening: "By vowing to suppress the demonstrations and mass uprising of the people and students in Tehran and by describing as "deviated" the freedom-seeking revolt of hundreds of thousands of people in Tehran and other cities, Khatami fired a coup de grace at his own game of "moderation" within the medieval theocratic regime in Iran. He also revealed his repressive and anti-democratic nature, while showing complicity with Khamenei in the savage suppression of the people's protests."

Mr. Rajavi said: "Khatami described the mass uprising in Tehran as 'a deviated current... aimed at undermining the foundations of our regime.'"

The Resistance leader added: "While mass protests are rampant throughout Tehran and have turned into headlines all over the world, Khatami claims deceptively that "this is not a very extensive and deeply-rooted movement." But only moments later, he contradicted his own statement, saying that "my only request to our venerable nation is that they must desert these deviated currents... so that we can deal with them more conveniently and make the arrests that must be made and disperse them in the way they must be dispersed."

Mr. Rajavi urged the Iranian people to pay no attention to Khatami's rhetoric, for Khatami, in his own words, looks "upon freedom from the perspective of maintaining the regime." He called on the people to continue their relentless protests and demonstrations against the mullahs' medieval dictatorship.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
July 13, 1999

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