(ANSA-AFP) – ROME, AUG 13 – According to numerous Iranian activists and opponents, the Iranian rulers are responsible for the attack against the British writer Salman Rushdie, since the Islamic Republic has never repudiated the 1989 fatwa issued by its founder who he demanded the killing of the novelist.
“Whether today’s assassination attempt was directly ordered by Tehran or not is almost certainly the result of 30 years of inciting the regime’s violence against this famous author,” said the National Union for Democracy in Iran, with based in Washington (Nufdi).
The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), an opposition group outlawed in Iran, said the attack came at the “instigation” of Khomeini’s fatwa. “Ali Khamenei and other leaders of the clerical regime have always promised to implement this anti-Islamic fatwa for the past 34 years,” a statement read.
“This is the true Islamic Republic; negotiate with such a regime and allow its supporters and lobbyists to enter your society. Can you understand how we feel as hostages of this regime?” freedom of expression activist Hossein Ronaghi, one of the most outspoken critics of leadership within the country, wrote on Twitter.
“There has been a fatwa on Khomeini’s Salman Rushdie since 1989 that the Islamic Republic of Iran has never withdrawn.
@khamenei_ir also repeated it on Twitter. Now the promoters of the Islamic Republic are praising the assassination and threatening me with the same fate as Salman Rushdie, “Iranian dissident Masih Alinejad said from the United States.
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