Iran: Rouhani says arresting ‘hardliners’ was to foil rollback on reforms, funny how ‘Supreme Leader’ escaped net…….


The biggest lie in the Iranian question is the false dichotomy of ”hardline-moderate” voices…


But a teensy weensy portion of this is true, Ahmadinejad wants a purer revolutionary government, but the nutters will make way more hash out this than what it’s worth. Rouhani has no legitimacy without ”hardliners”, the ‘Supreme Leader’ etc., only people who want to be fooled or to fool others will use this as a means to minimize the protests, and present EU policy as the ”go to, sensible” Western policy on the Iran question.


In jab at hardliners, Rouhani says Iran protests were not only economic

LONDON (Reuters) – Protests that shook Iran were not just aimed at the economy, President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday, remarks suggesting the real targets were powerful conservatives opposed to his plans to expand individual freedoms at home and promote detente abroad.


The pragmatic cleric, who defeated anti-Western hardliners to win re-election last year, also called for the lifting of curbs on social media used by anti-government protesters in the most sustained challenge to hardline authorities since 2009.


“It would be a misrepresentation (of events) and also an insult to Iranian people to say they only had economic demands,” Rouhani was quoted as saying by Tasnim news agency.


“People had economic, political and social demands.”


Iran’s influential Revolutionary Guards said on Sunday the security forces had put an end to a week of unrest fomented by what it called foreign enemies.


The protests, which began over economic hardships suffered by the young and working class, spread to more than 80 cities and towns and has resulted in 22 deaths and more than 1,000 arrests, according to Iranian officials.


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