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Motahari underlines ‘justice, freedom’ in Iran

Principlist lawmaker Ali Motahari underlines the importance of justice, freedom and cultural independence in helping Iran’s Islamic Revolution to thread its path.

“We must put emphasis on justice, freedom and cultural independence for the Islamic Revolution in Iran to thread its path,” Ali Motahhari, son of martyred and widely-popular Iranian cleric Ayatollah Morteza Motahhari, said on Tuesday.

“The Revolution will face defeat if we do not pay attention to justice,” he went on to say.

The parliamentarian went on to emphasize the freedom of thought and speech.

“The Islamic Revolution in Iran is not comparable with the revolutions in Russia and France. Those revolutions underlined justice or freedom but Iran’s Islamic Revolution is an ideological one and contains objectives such as justice, freedom, cultural independence and spirituality,” he added.

“Freedom in Islam might have a different meaning than freedom in the West. They talk about animal freedom while we talk about human freedom,” he concluded.

On February 1, 1979, the late leader of the Islamic Revolution and the founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Rouhollah Khomeini, arrived at Mehrabad International Airport after spending 15 years in exile. He was warmly greeted by millions of enthusiastic Iranians. Ten days later the Islamic Revolution became victorious in Iran.

The downfall of the US-backed Pahlavi regime marked the end of 2,500 years of monarchic rule in Iran.

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