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آیت الله العظمی صانعی:اینها از آگاهی مردم می ترسند / Grand Ayatollah Saanei says “the totalitarians are terrified of people’s awareness”


Grand Ayatollah Saanei, in an interview with a Japanese newspaper while stressing that the totalitarians have distanced from the true Islam which promotes justice and mercy and denounces lying and deception said: “ Imposed limitations are because they are afraid that their betrayal and diversion would be revealed and in fact they are terrified of people’s awareness.”

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آیت الله العظمی صانعی:انتقاد از ظلم و ظالمین غیبت محسوب نمی شود و حرام نیست / Ayatollah Saanei: “Criticizing oppression and oppressors is not considered as gossip and is not a sin”


Grand Ayatollah Saanei, senior religious figure and critic of the government, in a meeting with a group of students of Tehran University said: “Criticizing oppression and oppressors is not considered as gossip and is not a sin.” 

In another part of his remarks Grand Ayatollah Saanei stated: “Today one of the problems with oppressive governments is that they prevent individual free speech and this builds up problems within individuals. The concern is when these issues build up so much that they explode and then nothing can stop them.” 

Grand Ayatollah Saanei added: “In addition to all these, in an Islamic state everything should be based on honesty and truth, but unfortunately today lying has become such a norm that we should find out who is telling the truth and who is giving honest promises.” 

He continued: “Today, some instead of solving economic problems for the  everyday lives of the people as well as political problems, social misbehaviors, poverty and drug addiction, are everyday looking for a topic and excuse to divert public mind from main and fundamental problems of the society.” 

Grand Ayatollah Saanei addressed to the students said: “Those who attack universities are against science and knowledge. Today the most knowledge is among scholars and therefore some who are vain attack students and universities.”

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حضرت آیت الله العظمی دستغیب : ادعای آزادی بیان، با فیلتر کردن سایت در تضاد است / Ayatollah Dastgheib condemns the blocking of his and other religious figures websites in Iran


Grand Ayatollah Dastgheib, senior religious figure and critic of the government, strongly condemned the restrictions imposed by the government on his official website and the websites of other noble religious figures who have been condemning the brutal crackdown of the people in the aftermath of the rigged presidential elections and stated “The claims of having freedom of speech [by government officials] is in contradiction with banning the websites!”

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سایت‌های دو مرجع تقلید فیلتر شدند+واكنش دفتر آيت‌الله صانعي / Grand Ayatollah’s websites blocked in Iran by authorities


Official websites of two senior religious figures, Grand Ayatollah’s Sanei and Bayat-Zanjani, were banned by the government. Grand Ayatollahs Sanei and Bayat-Zanjani are among the most respected Marajeh (senior clerics who can issue fatwa and have many followers that look up to them as references) who have been critics of the government, especially following the brutal crackdown of the peaceful protests of people in the aftermath of the rigged tenth presidential elections.

Grand Ayatollah Yousef Sanei

Also, it is being reported that Ayatollah Dastgheib’s website is being blocked in Iran. Of the Ayatollah’s supporting the reformists, he is the most outspoken critic of the government and recently has taken aim at  Khamenei.  We expect more retaliation from the regime directed at Dastgheib and his Mosque.

Grand Ayatollah Asadollah Bayat-Zanjani

This ban on the websites of these religious figures happens while many of the high ranking government officials claim that in Iran freedom of speech is honored better than many developed countries!

Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Mohammad Dastgheib

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New video’s of the attacks on Ayatollah’s Montazeri and Sanei’s offices in Qom

On june 13, 2010, it was reported that these attacks started around 4:00pm, prompted by Mehdi Karroubi’s travel to the city of Qom and meeting with Ayatollah Sanei and the son of the late Ayatollah Montazeri, and continued late into the night with the breaking of windows and painting of grafitti at the offices of the Grand Ayatollahs, and eventually ended in the invasion of the offices and vandalizing the property at 4:00am on Monday, 14 June 2010.

Below, are two new videos of the attacks

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سید محمد خاتمی: کجاست عدالت؟ / Seyyed Mohammad Khatami: Where Is Justice?


Former President Mohammad Khatami, in a meeting with the members of central council of youth fraction and academia of National Trust (Etemad-Melli, Karroubi’s party) party on June 15th, the anniversary of the epic day that millions of peaceful protestors took to the streets following the rigged presidential elections, said: “June 15th is a great day because it is linked to electing and elections.”

He added: “:June 15th is one of the epic days that people came to the scene spontaneously and in the most civilized way that one can imagine and this is the sign of the maturity of our nation that this massive crowd came to the scene in complete peace and without any tension and organizing and announced their glorious presence.”

Khatami added: “June 15th could be and still can be a foundation for a kind of directed unity to achieve the values of the Islamic Revolution, meaning the rule of people on their own destiny.”

In another part of his remarks Khatami while expresseing sorrow and condemning the insults and attacks on Mehdi Karroubi and Grand Ayatollah Saanei by a group of organized thugs during Karroubi’s visit to the holy city of Qom, praised the characters of Grand Ayatollah Saanei and Mehdi Karroubi.

 Khatami also stressed that today we are witnessing a particular movement and thought in the society that claims itself as the center and base of the Islamic Revolution and unfortunately by any means possible is ready to eliminate its critics and competitions and for strengthening its rule is abusing all the resources.

In another part of his remarks Khatami by pointing to the biased performance of the Guardian Council said: “Today we see that those organizations that should confirm the qualifications of the candidates (who run for public office) are massively rejecting many qualified individuals based on their own scale and limit people’s power to choose and this is a great damage to the revolution and system that Imam [Khomeini] founded; or we can see the same trend of thoughts in the security and judiciary confrontations that exist in the society today or in the state-run TV and radio programs and these issues exist in practice which makes it very dangerous.” 

Khatami added: “The outcome of this method that they shutdown all paths in the political scene so that only one particular movement can exist and restrict the social scene and by unethical means but yet organized, put pressure on all groups, is creating despondency in various classes of the people.”

Khatami stressed: “Where is justice? Today are people’s lives easier or harder? Those who are against this trend are caring for the revolution and society not those who are portraying the image of Imam [Khomeini] and the system in a bad way.”

At the end Khatami added: “We should all get united and think of a solution because these behaviors and methods are not right and those who insult, falsely accuse others, use violence and destroy should be stopped.”

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اطلاعیه میرحسین موسوی پیرامون ۲۲ خرداد امسال و نیز هتک حرمت بیوت مراجع /Mousavi’s statement on June 12th events and the attack on Marjas


Mir Hossein Mousavi in reaction to the attacks on the residences of Maraje (the highest ranking religious spiritual leaders) in a statement considered these actions the result of the need of the ruling powers to create distractions in order to hide the disasters they have caused for the country from people’s eyes. He also considered this year’s Khordaad 22nd (June 12, the anniversary of rigged presidential election) the sign of the Green movement’s maturity and wisdom. The full statement is as follows:

In the name of God

Refusing to issue permit for rally on Khordad 22nd (June 12th) more than anything showed the fear of the government from the repeat of the epic of Khordad 25, 1388 (June 14, 2009).  The unprecedented array of security and armed forces in Tehran showed that even after a year of suppression, imprisonment, partisan use of the IRIB (the state-run televisions and radios), government’s media and spending billions, the totalitarians could not convince people  that they have sincerity and truth in their actions.  As if they could, why would they have need for all these expenses, bringing forces, and spreading lies?

Attacks on the people and students on Khordad 22nd and then  the attacks on the residences of great Marja, Grand Ayatollah Saanei and on the office of late Grand Ayatollah Montazeri and insults to Hojat-al-Islam Karroubi revealed the extent of mental crisis and unrest among the attackers.  On this year’s Khordad 22nd, people didn’t give any excuse to the government to hide the outcomes of the Security Council’s resolution 1929 that was enforced on our country and nation because of bad management and populist policies and to make people forget the consequences of the double-faced and unjustified actions during the Khordaad 14 commemoration.*

Khordaad 22nd showed the maturity of the great Green movement and showed that every Green citizen wherever he or she is, at home, office, workplace, factory, school or on streets, with innovation and originality, is a movement on his or her own.

The Green movement has the wisdom to not act in a way that the totalitarians can hide the outcomes of their wrong policies in economy, culture, politics and foreign affairs.  Today, the ruling powers need more than ever to create distractions to hide the consequences of the disasters that they have brought on the country from the people’s eyes.

Attacks on the office of a respected Marja and one of the beloved students of Imam [Khomeini] is a new stage of these kinds of tension creations.  But those who ordered and those who executed such a dangerous act must know that attack on Marjas and insulting and putting pressure on them only destroy the legitimacy of the establishment.

Have they forgotten that it was the attack on Imam [Khomeini’s] house [by Shah’s forces] that laid the foundations to eliminate the bases of despotism on 15 June 1963 and then later on February 1979, and they still do not take lessens from these?!

Is it based on these historical experiences that you still sit on the branches and cut the roots?!

Mir Hossein Mousavi

14 June 2010

*When the government supporters insulted the grandson of Imam Khomeini and didn’t let him speak in the anniversary of his grandfather passing because of his supports for the people.

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گزارش تفصیلی از حمله سازماندهی شده روز گذشته به کروبی در قم / Update: Detailed report of the attack on Karroubi in Qom


Mehdi Karroubi who had traveled to the city of Qom visited Grand Ayatollah Saanei, pro-reform senior reformist figure, at 2:00PM local time yesterday June 13. According to report by SahemNews short time after Mehdi Karroubi arrived at the house of Grand Ayatollah Saanei a group of organized thugs gathered in front of the house of the Grand Ayatollah and started chanting slogans against Mehdi Karroubi and Grand Ayatollah Saanei. According to these reports these plain clothes thugs attacked the car of Mehdi Karroubi with chains and batons and severely damaged it. Also these individuals by throwing stone at the house of Grand Ayatollah Saanei vandalized the building. In continuation the thugs chanted slogans against Seyyed Hassan Khomeini, grandson of late Ayatollah Khomeini the founder of Islamic Republic, Grand Ayatollah Saanei, Mehdi Karroubi and Mir Hossein Mousavi and in support for the supreme leader.

According to this report Mehdi Karroubi at 6:30PM local time after leaving the house of Grand Ayatollah Saanei first went to the house of Ahmad Montazeri, the eldest son of late Grand Ayatollah Montazeri who was the spiritual leader of the Green Movement, then visited Saeed Montazeri, another son of late Grand Ayatollah Montazeri, and finally went to the house of late Grand Ayatollah Montazeri.

Unfortunately when Mehdi Karroubi was visiting the family of late Grand Ayatollah Montazeri these thugs by attacking and throwing stones at the house of late Grand Ayatollah broke the windows and severely vandalized the building.

Mehdi Karroubi because of this mob attack on the house of late Grand Ayatollah Montazeri and the request by the Revolutionary Guards, police and security forces of the city of Qom at 11:30PM moved to the building owned by Revolutionary Guards and next to the house of the later Grand Ayatollah and finally with arrangements of the security forces of the city of Qom at 4:00 AM on Monday June 14 left the Revolutionary Guards’ building and returned to Tehran.

Mehdi Karroubi travelled to the city of Qom yesterday to visit with Grand Ayatollah Saanei and Seyyed Hassan Khomeini.

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Mehdi Karroubi and Grand Ayatollah Saanei under attack in the holy city of Qom

According to reports, Mehdi Karroubi had traveled to the city of Qom to attend a funeral ceremony and to visit Grand Ayatollah Saanei (pro-reform senior cleric) and Seyyed Hassan Khomeini (grandson of late Ayatollah Khomeini and the founder of the Islamic Republic).

While Mehdi Karroubi was visiting Grand Ayatollah Saanei at his home, a group of organized pro-government plain clothed thugs surrounded the house of Grand Ayatollah Saanei and chanted slogans against the Green leaders, Grand Ayattolah Saanei and Seyyed Hassan Khomeini.

This group of thugs, which according to Hossein Karroubi (son of Mehdi Karroubi) were organized, also attacked the car of Mehdi Karroubi and vandalized it.  Hossein Karroubi, regarding this incident said: “Hours ago I talked to one of my father’s guards and he was not also in a good situation.  He told me that today a group attacked the car of Mr. Karroubi, who was in Grand Ayatollah Saanei’s house, and with chains, batons and wooden sticks vandalized the car which although was a very steady car but is totally destroyed and this shows the intensity of this group’s attacks.”

 Hossein Karroubi, adding that his father is still in the house of Grand Ayatollah Saanei said: “This group that is about few hundred has gathered in front of the house of Grand Ayatollah Saanei.” He also said: “From the sudden gathering and the behavior of this group it is obvious that they did not act by themselves and have orders and have been organized by some individuals.”

These organized group of plain clothed militia who were armed with batons and chains also broke the windows of the offices and house of Grand Ayatollah Saanei.

According to reports, the security forces and police who were present during these events did not show any reaction to these attacks and did not try to stop the plain clothed thugs.

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Grand Ayatollahs Sanei and Ardebili voice support for Hassan Khomeini


Grand Ayatollah Sanei (a senior religious figure and a supporter of the Green Movement), in a phone conversation with Seyyed Hassan Khomeini expressed his full support and condemned the insults made on him by a group of organized pro-government thugs during his speech at the ceremony commemorating the 21st anniversary of the passing of Ayatollah Khomeini. 

Ayatollah Sanei said that those who ordered, and those who committed this hideous act have become politically insane and added; “Although this act was regretful, truly one would notice that this act ended for the benefit of Islam and the goals of Imam [Khomeini].” He added; “If they were not politically insane they would have not prevented the freedom of speech and the people’s right to hear the speech in front of hundreds of national and international reporters, and while this event was broadcasted live.” Grand Ayatollah Sanei, by emphasizing that no one can prevent the freedom of speech by these kinds of disruptions said; “This act is a sign of their weakness and is the sign that the will and desire of God is so that their plans would be ruined.”  “Those who plan these incidents, be it those who order, execute, or provoke it, are incapable of solving the country’s social, economical, political and foreign problems and therefore commit such acts to divert the public mind; they want that people’s word be different than their pain they feel these days and I hope that these individuals come to their senses and come to Imam’s path.”


Grand Ayatollah Ardebili also phoned Hassan Khomeini. He strongly condemned the insults made on Seyyed Hassan and expressed his deep regret over this hideous event.

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Our perserverance is our sword, Our unity is our shield, AZADI… is our destiny!

Brave Women Of Iran

A special note we would like to share with the brave and beautiful women of Iran; You have shown extraordinary courage, passion, pride, humility and humanity in the face of great injustice. The world has taken notice and we are all humbled by your strength and determination. If you are the future, then we all are comforted by how bright it will shine.

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