SHAFAQNA- The Grand Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Sistani, the supreme religious authority expressed important stances on the recent going-ons in Iraq.
In a statement read today by Hujjat al-Islam Seyyed Ahmad Safi in the Friday prayer’s sermons, His Eminence called on security and militant forces not to confront peaceful protesters and emphasized that no regional or international faction has right to confiscate the will of Iraqi nation.
The full text of the statement is as follows:
In the name of God
As protests of Iraqi people who demand reforms continued during this week in Baghdad and a number of other Iraqi provinces, we saw new painful and unfortunate clashes between demonstrators, protesters, security forces and other forces, which resulted in shedding more blood of sinless people and injuring many from both sides, and also many public and private properties were burnt and looted.
The pure blood that flowed last week is expensive for all of us and it is necessary to prevent further bloodshed and dragging the country into civil war, chaos and devastation. To do so, we all have to work together to resolve the current crisis in Iraq which is possible with our sincere goals, loving Iraq and concern about its future.
The Religious Authority reiterates its well-known position in condemning the attack on peaceful demonstrators and any unjustified violence and the need to punish its perpetrators, and calls on relevant parties to refrain from bringing armed forces under any heading to confront peaceful protests and demonstrations for fear of being dragged out to more violence.
Respect for Iraqis’ demands in determining their country’s political and administrative system through constitutional referendum and parliamentary elections is a principle that religious authority has adhered to and has emphasized it since the former regime was changed. Also he emphasized that although reform is an inevitable necessity – as it has been mentioned many times – the reforms must be based on the choice of the Iraqi people from all its spectrum, and NO individual, group, special faction, or any regional or international party has right to confiscate the Iraqi people’s will in this regard and impose his view on them.
Thus, we call on all parties to think about the present and future of Iraq, and not let their fleeting emotions and private interests deter them from deciding what is good for the country, for its well-being and prosperity.