No violence must be used to pacify demonstrators: ayatollah Mousavi Ardebili

Iran Materials 27 June 2009 12:58 (UTC +04:00)

Member of Iran's Guardian Council had a meeting with senior theologist Ayatollah Mousavi Ardebili. The meeting focused on control of the Guardian Council over presidential elections in Iran that took place on June 12, candidates' protests against election results and latest developments, ILNA reported.

"Those responsible for organizing the elections have obligations to the people. Unfortunately, events that taken place after the election has caused turmoil in the Islamic Republic. We do not have to pacify the protest by force. The issue must be solved in a different way," Ardebili said.  

He said the demonstrators must be entitled to speak before trying to pacify them. "We need to give protesters the right to speak on television. Answers of the opposite side should also be communicated to people through television. Let the people decide who is right and who is not. The people will not accept the senseless talk," Ardebili said.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won the June 12 presidential elections by 62.63 percent of votes. His nearest rival Mir-Hossein Mousavi won 33.75 percent of votes. Mousavi announced his victory even before the official results were published. Later he accused authorities of rigging election results. Protest actions against election results were followed by clashes which claimed 150 lives.