Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani (file photo)

Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani

Sistani Dismisses Comments Linked To Him Critical Of Iran Protests

Thursday, 11/10/2022

Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani has dismissed comments attributed to him regarding Iran's protests, saying he does not have a “representative to express his opinion on political issues.”

After the recent statements of Javad Shahrestani, Ayatollah Sistani’s son-in-law, who claimed the nationwide protests in Iran “are not popular at all,” in a short statement on Wednesday the Grand Ayatollah stated that “any political stance” by him will be communicated through his office.

Javad Shahrestani, who introduces himself as the representative of Sistani, had called the Iranian protesters “a bunch of rioters,” saying “it is not clear where they came from and what kind of enemy they are guided by.”

Javad Shahrestani, Ayatollah Sistani’s son-in-law

These statements are made in a situation that the Iranian state media and insiders repeatedly call the protesters "garbage", "lewd", "jaunty", "flies", "thugs" and "ISIS" in their speeches against the great movement of Iranian people.

In its latest, the commander of the Army's Ground Forces called the demonstrators "flies" in his speech on Wednesday.

In the past four decades, Iran's government has always called popular protests "riots" and by using the term "enemy", it has accused the West, especially the United States and Britain of leading these protests.

Ayatollah Sistani rarely comments on current political issues. However, Moqtada al-Sadr, another influential Shia figure in Iraq, has expressed concern that opposition to the mandatory hijab in Iran may spread to other countries in the region.


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