Green Voice of Freedom – Following Friday prayers in the holy city of Qom today, leaflets circulated among worshipers with content highly critical of the speaker of the Iranian parliament Ali Larijani.
According to the Iranian Labour News Agency (ILNA), the leaflets were titled “Mr Larijani give us our votes back, you are no longer our representative”.
The leaflets, distributed in the the heart of Iran’s religious establishment in Qom city, were critical of the recent position of the conservative parliament speaker following attempts by Ahmadinejad to take control the Islamic Azad University, Iran’s biggest university and a private institution. Many believe that battle for control is yet another sign of new deepening divisions amongst the hardliners in Iran.
It should be noted that the distributors of the anti-Larijani leaflets claimed to represent “a great number of clerics, students and people”. They also criticise Larijani’s “optimism” towards “certain” candidates in the rigged 2009 presidential election campaign and refer to his recent performance as “indefensible”. Addressing the parliament speaker, the note adds “you showed your level of obedience towards the leader.”
“It is said that you voted for Mr Ahmadinejad’s opponent [in the 2009 presidential election] and congratulated him on his victory. Until now, no clear refutation has been issued by you in this regard, nevertheless we have already seen how credible your denials are.”
The leaflets also consider Larijani as the person responsible for the post-election unrest, stating, “in the case of the sedition, you [Larijani] went on television and requested permission for the agitators [protesters] to hold gatherings while the leader’s policy was for the protests not to be extended to the streets and not to give in to the seditionaries.”
The author or authors of these anonymous leaflets also speak of Larijani’s “good relations with the reformist” and his “unmerciful” relation with “revolutionary” members of the parliament. “One of these revolutionary members has repented for having voted for you as speaker of parliament.”
“You continuously treat the government unmercifully.”