Dec. 16 - Ayatollah Montazeri has said, “at the beginning people demanded a new and just election saying that the presidential election was fraudulent.
But when they were suppressed and harshly confronted they demanded some more and aimed at other organs especially the suppressive organs and their operatives.
When innocent people were killed, political activists and freedom lovers were arrested and tried in sham, illegal trials which were against the canon law people demanded still more and thus this fear exists that if the estate continues its current course of action people will desert the system and the current crisis will deepen even more.”
Dec. 16 - Reacting to the tearing and trampling of a Picture of the late Ayatollah Khomeini, President (Pasdar) Ahmadinejad said, ” enemy has become desperate and wants to take revenge by offending the sacred issues of Islamic people and system.” He threatened, “the enemy must be afraid of the nation’s wrath. I wish that we were dead and we wouldn’t witness such offense to Imam Khomeini.”
Dec. 16 - Ayatollah Rafsanjani’s office has announced, “Ayatollah Rafsanjani’s support for the People’s Mujahadeen of Iran (PMOI) during his struggling time is nothing that you had discovered. This issue has been written in more details in his diaries and has been repeated once and again in his speeches and interviews.”
The government press has been told to refer to Rafsanjani as a Hojatol Islam, a much lower rank than Ayatollah, and has head of the regime’s Expediency Council. He is in fact an Ayatollah and Head of the Assembly of Experts as well as the Expediency Council.