May 20, 2021
Police: We will Suffocate any Sedition
The deputy commander of Iran’s police, Qasem Rezaei, said that they are working towards providing a peaceful environment for the election and are vigilant against any “foreign” attempts to disrupt the elections by inciting the “passions” of the people. Rezaei added that “if any seditionist, regardless of their title or the clothes they wear, wants to disturb the peace of the people, we will suffocate it at its seed”. The term “sedition” has religious connotations and is the general term used to label the 2009 post-election protests.
April 1, 2021
Motahari denies Rumours about Qasemi’s Assassination Attempt
Potential candidate Ali Motahari denied that he was planning to sue another potential candidate, Rostom Qasemi, for allegedly manufacturing an assassination attempt in Lebanon on March 24. Rumours of the lawsuit had been circulating online and in the Turkish press for a few days. Motahari said he had no reason to be involved in the issue, and as far as he is concerned, Qasemi is an honest person.
March 25, 2021
Failed Assassination of Potential Candidate
Rumours began circulating on social media yesterday that an assassination attempt was made against senior IRGC advisor, Rostam Qasemi, during a visit to Lebanon. His son Morteza, using his father’s Twitter account, confirmed the attempt, saying his father was unharmed and will continue his official visit in Lebanon. Preliminary reports are accusing Israel.