Larijani Says Nation Will Deal Firmly with Violators of Religious Sanctities
“The United States and its Western allies are pursuing a policy of meddling in Iran’s internal affairs, so the Iranian nation should be vigilant and deal with the foreign-backed rioters firmly,” Larijani said on Wednesday in Torbat Heydariyeh, Khorasan Razavi Province at a gathering held to commemorate the memory of the town’s martyrs of the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war. The parliament speaker stated that every political group which claims that they are defending the interests of Iranians, Muslims, and the revolution has an important obligation to obey Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei and emphasized that the followers of the Supreme Leader are resolute in their belief.Iran’s political independence and achievements are the result of following Islamic values, he stated. He went on to say that the fact that the Iranian nation stands up for the rights of the oppressed Palestinians proves that the nation is alive.Some countries, which are dependent on major powers, are not alive, and as long as they have wealth, they are manipulated, he asserted. Some of these countries, such as certain Arab states, have difficulty in making independent decisions, and some Arab countries have even secretly helped the Zionist regime, he stated.These countries use their media outlets to ask the Iranian government to remain calm while they know in their hearts that Iran is a great country, “but we should tell them to become alive,” he noted. Elsewhere in his remarks, Larijani said that Iranians’ jihadist attitude was revived by the Islamic Revolution and that is why Iran is now proudly independent.The enemy is trying to divest the Iranian nation of this characteristic by calling us terrorist and aggressive, he added.“Jihad is not violence. It is the revival of humanity,” he added. Commenting on a recent speech by U.S. President Barack Obama in which he openly expressed support for the people who participated in last Sunday’s protests, Larijani said Obama and his allies are making a big mistake about the Iranian nation and imagine that they can deceive Iranians with these remarks. Last Sunday, December 27 was the day of Ashura, which is the tenth day of the lunar month of Muharram and the anniversary of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (AS) and his 72 companions.