In a recent exclusive interview with Mizan state-run website, Iran’s Secretary of the High Council for Human rights compared the recent protests to the economic situation in Iran with the 2009 protests that shook Iran calling them both “seditions.”
“We currently have an economic sedition that is similar to the 2009 sedition,” Mohammad-Javad Larijani said in the interview that was published on Monday.
“In the 2009 sedition, the (protests) were guided from outside (of the country) and they had a number of people on the inside who followed their goals. In the 2009 seditions, the slogan of the seditionists was ‘where is my vote’ but now they are chanting ‘where is my money’,” he added.
“In both seditions, the aim was to drag people to the streets and both want to hurt the very basis of the system (of the Islamic Republic of Iran),” Larijani, who is a former member of Parliament said.
“Therefore there is a guidance from outside in the current economic issues. Of course one should differentiate between dealing with seditions and (government) incompetence. Because you should deal with sedition one way and incompetence in another way”, the Secretary of the Judiciary’s High Council for Human rights added.
Larijani quoted a Shiite Imam and said that “the eyes of the sedition should be taken out and blinded” adding that the “sedition” should be decisively dealt with by the Judiciary.
“It should be dealt with a security and judicial perspective and the Judiciary has showed that it is prepared for this. This is the suitable treatment for the sedition part,” Mohammad Javad Larijani told Mizan website.
These fresh threats come at a time when workers, students,teachers and depositors who have lost their life savings to government affiliated credit organizations proteston a daily basis in various Iranian cities.
Mohammad Javad Larijani’s brother, who is Iran’s Chief Justice, recently threatened striking workers also calling their peaceful protests “sedition”.
“Demands will never be met with seditions, crises and measures that are against public order,” he said.
“The fact that some people bring up excuses and disrupt the order of the country is unacceptable,” Sadeq Larijani added.