Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei highlighted the futility of hostile attempts to dissuade Iranians from taking part in the June 18 elections, saying the voting, which was truly an epic, made analysts realize what a major event has occurred.
Ayatollah Khamenei on Monday delivered a speech at a meeting with the head and members of the Iranian Judiciary 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.
Referring to the anniversary of the martyrdom of this great personage, Ayatollah Khamenei stated, “On a day like this – the 7th of Tir (June 28th)– the MEK committed a grave crime against the Iranian nation by assassinating that great personage and about 70 other people. Those assassins themselves confessed to this crime and their confessions are available.”
Emphasizing the falsity of Western countries’ claims about human rights, he said, “Today, the MEK are free to travel and live in those countries, which claim to be supporters of human rights. They reside in France and other European countries. In addition, European governments, the French government and others are not embarrassed of claiming to support human rights despite the existence of such people in their countries and in spite of their support of them and giving them the freedom and opportunity to speak, even in their national assemblies. That is to say, the brazenness of some of these Western governments is truly appalling and strange.”
On the June 18 elections in Iran, the Leader said, “Iran's elections in 2021 were 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,” Ayatollah 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.”
“That Iran’s top officials met with the President-elect and the defeated candidates congratulated the winner was a very good occurrence that took place in our country. Compare this with the US election fiasco!” the Leader further stated.