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Shiite cleric warns of extremism in Iran, confirms people's suffering

Hashem Hashemzadeh Herisi
Hashem Hashemzadeh Herisi

Hashem Hashemzadeh Herisi, a moderate Shiite cleric and member of Iran’s Assembly of Experts, confirmed that life has become difficult for many Iranians due to the extremism of the regime of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. 


In a press statement, Herisi pointed to the deterioration of the situation in the country adding that the people have no income and cannot meet their needs, while state officials do not stir a finger to help and do not understand the suffering of the people, following instead an ideology of extremism.


"We have reached the point where we have divided the country since 1979 into traitor and servant, kafir (disbeliever) and Muslim, revolutionary and anti-revolutionary," he said, asking then, "Why did we do this with our society?"


Herisi added, "We have created a state of polarization in society. Why don’t the cries of the religious clergy and scholars rise above this reality? Do we not commit a sin when we betray and lie to the other side only because we don’t agree with it?"


Warning of extremism, Herisi said, "Extremism is a danger. Anyone who denies its existence in our country is a liar.”


He added, "Moderation is labeled in our country as subjugation, surrender and treason, while extremism, radicalism and the creation of hostility in the country have been turned into something deemed valuable."


"Instead of addressing the problems of people, some have argued against the ratification of the FATF anti-money laundering and anti-terrorism financing treaty in parliament,” Herisi said, stressing that “extremism is what brought the country into this situation. We should not cast fault only upon the government; every person in this country with responsibility is wrong."


"We should not do anything that makes people curse us and say that we came to rule in the name of religion and Islam, and that we destroyed the country," he said, warning against officials’ actions.

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