|Wall St. demos are shaking capitalist system: Leader||
TEHRAN - Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has said that the capitalist system has reached an impasse and the protests on Wall Street have set a crisis in motion in the West.
The Leader made the remarks in an address to thousands of well-wishers in the western Iranian city of Kermanshah on Wednesday.
“The U.S. government may be able to put down this protest movement through taking tough actions, but it will not be able to eliminate its roots,” he stated.
“The roots of this movement will grow in such a way that will knock the U.S. and Western capitalist system to the ground,” the Leader said.
He added, “Although U.S. officials made efforts to play down this protest movement, now they have been compelled to acknowledge it.”
The Leader also criticized U.S. officials and media outlets for remaining silent about the Occupy Wall Street movement, saying, “After the self-proclaimed supporters of freedom of speech were compelled to acknowledge this protest movement, they launched a crackdown on it and demonstrated the true nature of their claims of advocacy of freedom of speech, human rights, and freedom of communities in the system of capitalism and liberal democracy.
“The people of the United States are protesting the rule of the 1 percent minority over the 99 percent majority who have spent the money and taxes paid by the people of the United States on waging wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and supporting the Zionist regime.”
The Leader also said that the realities of the capitalist system should be a lesson to those who are keen to follow the Western capitalist system.
MENA uprisings illustrate failed U.S. policies
Commenting on the tide of popular uprisings rolling across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, he said, “The recent developments unfolding in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Bahrain, Yemen, and other places are a clear manifestation of the failure of U.S. policies in the region.”
“However, the Americans are making great efforts to take over the reins of regional developments. But nations have awakened, and the policies of the global arrogance (forces of imperialism) will get nowhere,” the Leader stated.
“The Iranian nation, as a model for recent developments in the region, has a great impact on the direction of these movements,” he added.
“The world is at a sensitive and historic juncture where the Iranian nation and Muslim nations can play a role, and Iran’s Islamic system can prove that it has the potential to serve as a model,” the Leader stated.
Sanctions a minor issue
On the sanctions imposed on the Islamic Republic, he said, “Sanctions and economic pressure is not a serious issue for the Iranian nation because the Islamic system, through the patience and insight of the people, particularly the youth, has been able to turn restrictions into opportunities,” and has made great progress in many areas.
During his address, the Leader also spoke about the need to root out financial corruption in the country and called on the relevant officials to firmly deal with those who are involved in cases of financial corruption.
People’s votes should be respected
The Leader also commented on Iran’s upcoming parliamentary election, which is scheduled to be held on March 2, 2012.
He advised the Iranian people to turn out in large numbers for the election and said that the law must be upheld and the votes of the people should be respected.
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|Last Updated on 12 October 2011 19:29|