Leader of the Islamic Revolution in Iran Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei highlighted the futility of hostile attempts to dissuade Iranians from taking part in the June 18 presidential elections.
In a speech at a meeting with the head and officials of the judiciary branch on Monday, Imam Khamenei said the June 18 vote “was truly an epic, making analysts realize what a major event has occurred.” The meeting was held on the anniversary of the 1981 assassinations of Ayatollah Beheshti, the former head of the Judiciary, and 72 of his companions by the Mujahedin Khalq Organization (MKO or MEK) terrorist group.
“MEK terrorists committed a horrendous crime on a day like this, by assassinating Martyr Beheshti and 72 others.
They confessed to this murder themselves.
But they walk free today in those same European countries that claim to advocate human rights, including France,” the Leader said, as quoted by Tasnim news agency.
His eminence criticized Western countries on the issue of human rights, saying that it is ‘ridiculous’ that Western countries claim they are advocates of human rights.
“The French government and some (other) Western governments support the MEK terrorists and give them an official place to talk, even in their national parliaments, yet they claim to advocate human rights.
Some of the Western governments’ brazenness is truly appalling and strange,” Imam Khamenei said.
Talking about the presidential elections, the Leader said the vote was truly an epic created by the Iranian people.
“Where in the world is it common to see hundreds and even thousands of enemies' media outlets and foreign propaganda machines working to create a boycott of a country’s elections and to dissuade people from voting?” “The people of Iran struck a heavy blow to those trying to create a boycott of the elections,” Imam Khamenei said, adding, “The enemies hoped the turnout would be about 20 percent.
Considering the pandemic, which is said to have decreased the turnout by 10 percent, the actual turnout was about 60 percent, which is a good turnout.”