TEHRAN, Feb. 15 (Press Shia) – Leader of the Islamic Revolution has told a meeting of East Azerbaijan people public turnout should not be interpreted by authorities that people are satisfied with the status quo.
Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei received hundreds of people from East Azerbaijan province on Wednesday on the occasion of anniversary of Tabriz uprising in February 19 1978 as a prelude to the Islamic Revolution of 1979.
Leader believed that the public turnout in the February 11 rallies could not receive the gratitude it deserved and that “the words would fall short of accurately convey my gratitude to the public turnout,” said the Leader, hailing the fact that now the 3rd and 4th generations of the Revolution would be on the field to defend the achievements and ideals of the Revolution.
On the issue of ‘national reconciliation’ raised recently by the Reformist-Moderates in the Establishment, Ayatollah Khamenei believed that national reconciliation would largely been unnecessary when the whole nation are united. He also extended critics to authorities who he believed would take the higher turnout as a clue that the public had been satisfied with the status quo; “the public grapples with its own problems, economic as well as social; they would not tolerate discrimination, unemployment, and general neglect by the authorities of their grievances,” he added.
“People will never reconcile with those who brazenly came to streets to beat and strip young Basijis in the day of Ashoura,” Ayatollah Khamenei emphasized, making allusions to events of late December 2009 which coincided Tasoua and Ashoura, two important and sacred days in the history of Shi’ism.
Leader of the Islamic Revolution also called authorities in the government and elsewhere to take the responsibilities assigned to them in the year of Resistance Economy, Action and Implementation; “public grievances should not be neglected; high prices, unemployment and inflation are important issues to be addressed,” he recommended.