Iranian Politicians Predict Massive Protests after Election

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Written By Mahmoud Sarvari

The next presidential election is scheduled to be held on 14 June 2013 to elect the seventh President of Iran. The elections will take place on the same day as local council elections. Iranian opposition groups held demonstrations and protests against the results of the previous presidential election where Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had amassed more than 60% of ballots. Now hard line politicians warn about the upcoming protests in country.

Rapporteur of Parliamentary Commission on National Security and Foreign Policy Seyyed Hossein Naghavi Hosseini said oppositions want to hold massive protests against Islamic Republic in order to topple the system. “The upcoming protests will be more complicated and dangerous than 2009–2010 Iranian election protests.”

Morteza Tamaddon, head of Tehran provincial Public Security Council, has similar opinion with Naghavi’s view. “Oppositions are developing new plots against Iran.”

The fans of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of Iran, believe that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his party will be responsible for the next protests. Meanwhile Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Naqdi, the commander of the Basij paramilitary force, predicted a smooth and mellow election for the country. He said there would not be any security problems in Iran following the presidential election.

As the commander of Basij forces, Mohammad Reza Naqdi, had an important role in suppressing 2009-2010 protests. More than 40 people have been killed during the largest protest against Islamic Republic after the Revolution.