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Iranian Principlist lawmaker Ali Mottahari says before 30 December up to February 14, many pro-government media, above all the Islamic Republic of Iran's Broadcasting (IRIB) and some newspapers challenged and provoked anti-government protesters to come to streets.

Speaking to Khabar Online, he however opined: "Basically it was a tactless and irrational measure taken by the opposition leaders [Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mahdi Karroubi] who asked to be given permission for staging a rally on February 14, since three days earlier (anniversary of the Islamic Revolution's victory on February 11, 1978) demonstrators had announced their support of uprisings of people in Tunisia and Egypt." 

 "On the other hand, slogans chanted by anti-government protesters on February 14 were foul-mouthed mottos against the top officials without backing Egyptian and Tunisian uprisings or even the ideals shouted by the green movement. It reveals that the green movement is aimless and has not been able to separate its path from the opponents of Islamic Republic and Western oriented people," the lawmaker said. 

"When IRIB constantly addresses the opposition leaders maintaining that you were removed of Iran's political scene, have no supporter and are already dead politically, the organization actually instigates them          to come to the scene. The sedition of 2009 (a term used by pro-government and Principalist officials referring to Iran's post-election turmoil in 2009) had been ended on February 11, 2010, but we ourselves revive it once in a while. Seems that the political life of some individuals depends on the continuation of protests. Therefore, we have caused a part of the problem," he added. 

Mottahari stressed that the sources of this problem should be realized and uprooted: "The story began when the TV debates were held and later the opposition leaders claimed that the presidential election [which led to the reinstatement of the incumbent president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad] was rigged. It would not be a good consideration to ignore the roots of the problem and suppose that the other party (Ahmadinejad and his allies) played no role in causing the crisis. 

As one of the few outspoken critics of Ahmadinejad's government among the Islamic Republic's officials, Mottahari censured the administration's role in the unrest occurred last year after presidential election of June 12, saying that even the opposition movement should had been allowed to express its views. Moreover, he already said that if the opposition leaders are to be tried, Ahmadinejad must also be put on trial for his provocative remarks which added fuel to the fire of the postelection turmoil. 

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