Khamenei acknowledges velayat-e faqih’s loss of clout, fear of regional uprisings, attempts to export fundamentalism to the region
According to National Council Resistance of Iran’s statement on Sept. 8th the remarks of the Iranian regime’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei in his meeting on Thursday, September 8, with members of the mullahs’ Assembly of Experts was a display of the Velayat-e Faqih’s (supreme clerical rule) loss of clout and the regime’s fragile state on one hand and the mullahs’ fear of uprisings in the region as well as Khamenei’s futile attempt to take advantage of them. Khamenei said: “Absolute clerical rule is a flexible concept of rule … which can rectify or amend a path wherever necessary.” He warned: “One must be wary of a dangerous misunderstanding of this concept by mixing flexibility with deviation and short-comings in the face of foreign pressures.” In an unprecedented acknowledgement, Khamenei described the concept of Velayat-e Faqih is Khomeini’s creation in the history of Islam, adding: “The establishment of a regime on the basis of Islamic jurisprudence was unprecedented prior to the Imam [Khomeini].
Referring to the downfall of the regimes in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, and Yemen, he said: “This is a great danger that regimes come to power in these countries based on Western models in the name of democracy” and “These nations’ religious elite must take over control of these nations’ affairs.” He added: “Here the [mullahs’ regime] can help these countries by introducing religious rule of people. Religious rule of people, which is our grand Imam’s innovation, can be a model for all these countries…This is our responsibility and must be carried so that the enemies of these nations are not able to use the void that has been created. This emptiness must be filled with Islam.” He admitted: “Sunni jurisprudence - whether the Shafi’i jurisprudence in Egypt or the Malikis in certain countries in that region, or the Hanaffis in certain countries” do not agree with the concept of Velayat-e Faqih.
Protests and Clashes in Azadi Stadium in Tehran
According to Freedom Messenger, young people turned a football match between “Isteghlal” and “Tractor Sazi” of Tabriz into a protest against the clerical regime. This protest was in response to the heroic uprising of the people of Tabriz and Uremia protesting against the repressive and destructive policies of the ruling religious fascism in Uremia. The clerical regime’s repressive forces had started checking vehicles coming from Azerbaijan to participate in this event from early morning hours, not permitting them to enter Tehran. Despite the controls close to one hundred thousand people in the stadium chanted anti regime slogans protesting against the government.
In addition thousands of people who could not get in the stadium started to protest outside the stadium, several of whom were wounded as a result of the suppressive forces attack and many more arrested. Protests started at 6pm with crowds chanting “The Uremia Lake is dying and the Parliament is helping its demise”. The suppressive forces fearing the spread of the demonstration, stopped many fans of the “Tractor Sazi” team from entering the stadium. This led to clashes between people and the suppressive forces at 6:15pm. Hundreds of people in Tabriz unexpectedly took to the streets and protested chanting slogans.
Iran: 14 executions and mass arrests
According to the Iranian regime’s state media, in the first eight months of 2011 alone, 206 prisoners have been executed. At the same time, at least 228 people have been secretly executed. Simultaneous with arbitrary executions, the regime has started mass arrests in various regions of the country. Based on Asr Iran website, In recent days in Kurdistan alone, 769 people have been arrested under the pretext of social security enhancement project.