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‘What’s Your View Of Killing People In The Streets?’


Culture Minister Hossein Safar Harandi

Culture Minister Hossein Safar Harandi

A short amateur video clip is making the rounds, apparently showing a May 25 question-and-answer session with former Iranian Culture Minister Hossein Safar Harandi in which a student at Semnan University asks him a very tough question.

“When you talk about justice [under] Ahmadinejad’s government, what is your view about the ultimate injustice: killing people in the streets?” the students asks while being cheered by the audience.

The student also suggests that the former minister should visit the Kahrizak detention center where postelection detainees were reported to have been tortured and at least three have died as the apparent result of torture there.

Unfortunately, the video clip does not include Safar Harandi’s response.

Before the Q&A session, Safar Harandi gave a speech at the university in which he blasted the previous reformist government of ex-President Mohammad Khatami, and praised Ahmadinejad for focusing on the problems of the Iranian people.

The conservative website studentnewsnetwork reports that during Safar Harandi’s speech, “a few rioters who seemed to be with some non-students” tried to disrupt him by whistling, clapping their hands, and otherwise making noise, but the website said they failed to stop the speech.

-- Golnaz Esfandiari

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