Iran's main reformist political party has issued a daring statement blaming the government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for a Thursday evening double-suicide bombing that killed at least 27 people and injured hundreds in southwest Iran.
The Islamic Iran Participation Front said Ahmadinejad's "coup d'etat" government deserved blame for the "terrorist bombings," which it vehemently condemned in a statement reported by its affiliate news website Norooz News (in Persian).
"We believe that such crises are rooted in those kind of polices which classify Iranians unequally and consider different rights for them," the statement said.
"This leads to an increase in discrimination and intensifies a sense of inequality so that dependent terrorist agents will become able to abuse people's dissatisfaction."
Reformists accuse of Ahmadinejad of pursuing chauvinistic policies that discount the aspirations of all Iranians except the families of the Basiji militia and other hard-line traditionalists, all the while alienating those from religious and ethnic minorities and secular-minded Iranians.
The statement, coinciding with mass funerals for the victims of the blasts, was especially bold. Even Western officials condemned the attack without qualification.
The bombing showed that the government's hard-line tactics have been a failure, the statement said.
"It is as clear as day that the policy of intimidation, violence, and suppression... >>>
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