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News number: 9107111906

19:01 | 2012-10-10

Politics

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Ayatollah Khamenei Raps Western Statesmen for Ignoring Internal Problems

TEHRAN (FNA)- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei lashed out at the western officials for magnifying the slightest problems in other countries, while ignoring their own problems and crises.



"Your problems are much more complex than those of Iran because your economy has been jammed," Ayatollah Khamenei said, addressing a large number of people in Bojnourd city in North Khorassan province on Wednesday.

He referred to the hues and cries of the western officials and media over a recent currency plunge in Iran in recent days, and said, "A number of people set fire on some garbage cans in two of Tehran's streets for 2 to 3 hours and the officials of certain western countries immediately gave up codes of diplomatic behavior and showed happiness in a childish way; but they should be asked if Iran's economic situation is bad or the European states' which have been caught up in street protests since almost a year ago?"

Ayatollah Khamenei reminded that the White House is suffering acute economic problems, and said economic problems and the 99-percent occupy movement are so important that they are seen as crucial factors in the current presidential election campaign in the US.

He meantime underlined Iran's resistance and preparedness to face problems, and said, "You (the western states) should know that the Islamic Republic of Iran will not be exhausted by such problems and will overcome problems with God's help, and it will once again leave the enemies behind with their unfulfilled desire for defeating the Iranian nation."

Europe has been the scene of large and continued demonstrations in the last few months, with people protesting the EU economic policies, such as austerity plans and budget cuts.

In the US, the now-well-known Occupy Wall Street movement that started outside the New York Stock Exchange on Wall Street last year has mushroomed to cities across the US and it's beginning to show that the protests are catching on to make an impact.

Protests against Wall Street became one year old as demonstrators across the US are growingly showing their anger over the wobbly economy and what they see as corporate greed by marching on Federal Reserve banks and camping out in parks from Los Angeles to Portland, Maine.

Demonstrations are expected to continue as more groups hold organizational meetings and air their concerns on websites and through streaming video.

Similar protests have also continued in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street Movement across the US, including Chicago, Boston, St. Louis, Kansas City, Mo., and Los Angeles.

Some protesters have likened themselves to the Arab Spring demonstrators who brought down their rulers in the Middle East.