“Baha’ism” behind Iran unrest, says political analyst on Iran’s state TV
Updated: Thursday, December 31, 2009
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Washington, 29 December (WashingtonTV)--The state-owned television of the Islamic Republic of Iran broadcast on Monday a live interview with a political expert who blamed the Baha’i “sect” for the latest wave of unrest in Iran.
According to the Fars News Agency on Monday, Ne’matollah Bavand, told the network in this interview that “there is no doubt that Baha’ism, led by global Zionism, is behind these currents.”
Bavand’s remarks come in the wake of a violent crackdown on anti-government protesters during the observance of Ashura ceremonies last weekend, which left at least eight people dead and hundreds arrested.
“Baha’ism infiltrated the country’s management in the nineties,” said Bavand, adding that “some of the managers of that decade were influenced by Baha’ism and carried out certain projects.”
Bavand went on to implicitly attack Mehdi Karrubi, the failed presidential candidate and one of the leading pro-reform figures in Iran, accusing his “advisor” in the June presidential election campaign of supporting Baha’ism.
“The female advisor [Hengameh Shahidi presumably who was advisor to Karrubi on women’s affairs during the election campaign] of one of the presidential candidates - the turbaned one - defended Baha’ism,” Fars quoted Bavand as saying.
“Until when does the [Islamic Republic’s] system want to tolerate these individuals? ... ...
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