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Leader: Iranians reproachful, but loyal to Islamic Revolution, Establishment

Tehran, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said on Sunday that the people of Iran have criticism against the government, the Majlis (parliament) and the Judiciary Branch, which is not contradictory to their loyalty to the Islamic Establishment.

'The criticisms of the people of Iran is not just against the Government, Majlis and the Judiciary System, but they may have criticism against me, as well, but their criticisms are not contrary to their loyalty to the Islamic Establishment that has been founded by their self-sacrifice,' said Ayatollah Khamenei in a meeting with the people of East Azerbaijan Province, northwestern Iran.

The Leader also said that the people of Iran are politically wise enough to draw a line between 'a Revolutionary Establishment based on Imam-Ummah relations' and a bureaucratic system.

Ayatollah Khamenei also said that the Islamic Revolution has provided Iran with a lot of services, the most important of which is the change of a dictatorship to a democracy inspired by the teachings of Islam and the Holy Quran.

Referring to the rallies of the 39th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution that were held last Sunday, Ayatollah Khamenei said that the rallies this year were different from the past; 'such a large turnout of people looked like a miracle.'

'You can't see anywhere in the world that after about four decades, the people take into streets and shout slogans to prove they still defend their revolution,' the Leader said, adding, 'This hasn't existed in any of the revolutions that took place in the past few centuries; it is specific to Iran.'

Saying that Iran has progressed in every field, Ayatollah Khamenei said, 'We have to work on justice; we need to apologize to God and people. We have a lot of problems in justice.'

'God willing, with the help of efficient men and women, we will make progress in this field as well.'

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency

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