Iran's ex-president warns of possible terror from highly organized extremist groups
Azerbaijan, Baku, October 1 / Trend, N. Umid, S. Isayev
Former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami said that if the extremist groups in Iran are not stopped, they will seed terrorin the future, Baran website reported.
Khatami made the remarks during his speech to Iran-Iraq war veterans, yesterday. He then mentioned the protests against Iranian president Hassan Rouhani after his arrival to Tehran on Saturday.
On September 28, Iranian media outlets informed that some 100 IRGC volunteer students protested against the position of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani demonstrated by him in New York.
The protesters threw shoes at Rouhani at the Tehran International Airport.
Khatami remembered reformist administration period which extremists took a terror action against Saeed Hajjarian an intellectual and prominent journalist of Iran.
Khatami went on to note that, groups which do not obey people's vote are dangerous, adding that some groups in Iran are pursuing violence actions, while having no tolerance against people's will.
Iran's former president also mentioned the attack against Iran's Parliament speaker Ali Larijani in Qom city and said that, these groups are not autonomic and have been organized by some centers in the country.
On Feb. 13, a group of people, who were said to be followers of ex-President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, threw shoes at parliament speaker Ali Larijani, while he was addressing a gathering on the occasion of the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran.
The parliament speaker was forced to cut his speech and leave the place, while about 100 people chanted slogans against Larijani and in favor of Ahmadinejad.
Khatami said that, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei stands against such violent groups. Iran's former president noted that such groups have force, however they're small in numbers.
Khatami underlined that these groups should be responsible for their illegal actions, adding that the intelligence Ministry and Iran's Judiciary should pursue the issue.