Iranians listen to a speech by Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei,

the national leader, at the Ayatollah Khomeini mausoleum on

the 22nd anniversary of his death, June 4.



Kayhan, Islamic Republic of Iran

Islamic Republic 'Backs All Anti-American Movements'


Could it be that the Muslim uprisings around Arab world have been inspired by Iran, which has repeatedly gunned down and persecuted its own peaceful protesters? According to this news item from Iran's state-controlled Kayhan, that's the message of Iranian leaders, who this week have been commemorating the 22nd anniversary of the death of Ayatollah Khomeini, founder of the Islamic Republic.


June 5, 2011


Islamic Republic of Iran - Kayhan - Home Page (English)

Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei/aka the supreme leader, holds court at a mausoleum dedicated to the Ayatollah Khomeini, who died 22 years ago yesterday.

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TEHRAN: Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, said Saturday that the Islamic Republic throws its weight behind all popular anti-American movements. “Our stance regarding such public movements is crystal clear. Anywhere there is a popular Islamic and anti-American, we support it,” the Leader said.


“However," Khamenei added, "if we see that a movement has been provoked by the United States or the Zionists, we will not support it. We back movements that are against the United States and Zionism. Anywhere the U.S. or the Zionist regime seek to topple a government or occupy a country, we are against it. The United States has never done anything on behalf states in this region. Whatever they have done has been against them."


Ayatollah Khamenei was addressing a large crowd south of Tehran at the mausoleum of the late founder of the Islamic Republic, Imam Khomeini. He praised popular Islamic movements and the wave of Islamic awakening in the Middle East and North Africa.


Warning of U.S. plots to hijack the Arab revolutions, Ayatollah Khamenei urged Muslim countries to remain vigilant in the face of Western plots. He said that the United States, Israel and their Western allies are plotting to put an end to revolutionary victories in regional countries, but that Muslim nations would emerge victorious if they remain vigilant and abide by the teachings of the Quran.


In recent months, a wave of revolutions and antigovernment uprisings has swept across the Arab world. In January, a revolution in Tunisia ended the 2-year-rule of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. In February, another revolution led to the ouster of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, after three decades of authoritarian rule. Revolutions have also begun in Libya, Yemen, and Bahrain, while anti-government demonstrations have been held in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Oman, and Algeria.


On the 22nd anniversary of Imam Khomeini's passing, Khamenei paid tribute to him, saying that the Iranian nation has withstood the most serious conspiracies thanks to the guidance of Imam Khomeini.


“Following in the footsteps of Imam Khomeini, the Iranian nation has maintained his ideals,” the leader said, reiterating that the Iranian nation would continue to do so.




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Ayatollah Khamenei said that with the passing of Imam Khomeini, the enemies thought that his ideas would gradually lose their hold on people, and that they would stage the collapse of the Islamic Republic. But according to Khamenei, they were wrong.


Iranians across the country and the world have been holding ceremonies of mourning to mark Imam Khomeini's departure, which occurred in 1989. Thousands of foreign guests attend ceremonies in the Iranian capital every year.   



This year, senior military and political officials as well as foreign ambassadors and guests joined the ceremony. A large number of journalists and photographers, both foreign and domestic, covered the event. The mourners, who had traveled to Imam Khomeini's mausoleum from around the country and the world, were all dressed in black.


Meanwhile, Iranian Intelligence Minister Heidar Moslehi praised late Imam Khomeini for inspiring the Islamic awakening in the Middle East.


“The Islamic awakening has been inspired by a model developed by Imam Khomeini to help nations find the bright path of truth,” Moslehi told the Islamic Republic News Agency.


He made the remarks on the sidelines of a ceremony held for the passing of Imam Khomeini.


Moslehi called on Iranian officials to maintain unity and to make serious efforts to promote the model created by Imam Khomeini, and expressed hope that “all nations would be influenced by the Islamic Revolution.”


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