Soroush attacked, observers voice concern
August 2, TEHRAN (Tehran Times) -- Observers here voiced concern over
the attack on an intellectual, Abdol-Karim Soroush on Thursday in Mashhad,
eastern Iran. According to a report, appeared in Persian daily Neshat Soroush
was attacked after addressing a meeting of supporters in a private home
Neshat said "pressure groups," set upon Soroush as he was
getting into his car. After Soroush got away his supporters came outside
and scuffled with the attackers, who were chanting slogans against Soroush.
Observers believe that such an incident is not in national interest
and against the guidance of Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei who on
Friday appealed to the nation to unite at such a sensitive phase of history
when the enemies are plotting against the Islamic Revolution.
The same observers expect from the Law Enforcement Forces to bring the
culprits to book at the earliest.