Former “reformist” Iranian president Mohammad Khatami said that if Iranians became disenchanted with the reformist camp, the “dangers” of regime change by the people would increase.
Mohammad Khatami, called the “leader of the reform” was the president of Iran from 1997 to 2005.
“If people become disillusioned with reforms, it will slowly strengthen the idea of overthrowing (the regime) and maybe, God forbid, they will achieve their goal,” the former champion of the so-called “reformist” camp in the regime said.
“Therefore we have to answer to the people and even if reformists can’t do anything, they have to tell the people,” he told a group of engineers in comments carried by the reformist Jamaran website.
During January 2018 nationwide protests that shook the country, Iranians chanted “reformists, hardliners, the game is now over” signalling they wanted an end to the regime in its entirety. They also chanted against the regime’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei.
Also during the uprising, in response to comments by Khatami who said that the protesters were not “barandaz” meaning supporters of regime change or literally “subverters”, Iranians responded on Twitter with #IAmBarandaz.
Iranians stressed on social media and on the streets of Iran that they no longer saw a difference between the hardliners and the reformists and wanted the regime to go.
Khatami defends drone downing
Khatami also defended Iran’s attack against the US’s unmanned drone.
“The great work that our armed forces did against the American drone aggression is a sign that Iran is ready, and it is a message that we will defend our territorial integrity,” he said on Monday adding that the regime would not allow any transgressions.