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Iranians react to Khamenei's speech: “People here obey the rules”

In his first public address since the demonstrations began, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Friday that the government will not surrender to the protesters. Two of our Observers, one a supporter and the other a critic of Ahmadinejad, give their opinions on the speech.

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In his first public address since the demonstrations began, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Friday that the government will not surrender to the protesters. Two of our Observers, one a supporter and the other a critic of Ahmadinejad, give their opinions on the speech.

A few extracts from the speech:

"The result of the election comes from the ballot box, not from the street."

"Street challenge is not acceptable, this is challenging democracy after the elections."

"The legal structure in this country does not allow vote-rigging."

"If some people have doubts and evidence it should be dealt with through legal ways - only through legal ways. I will never accept illegal innovations."

"Arm-wrestling in the street must stop, I want everyone to put an end to this. If they don't stop this ... they will be held accountable for all of this."

"Enemies try through various media -- many of which belong to the Zionists -- to make people believe that there is a fight between supporters of the opposition and the Islamic establishment. They have no right to say that, that is not true."

Photos taken during the speech

Images sent to us by one of our Observers for Iran, Omid Habinia.

“Ayatollah Khamenei simply threatened us”

Anahita, 33, is a blogger and neurosciences student. She left Iran a month ago.

Ayatollah Khamenei simply threatened us with hardcore suppression. We need peace now, but if they use violence and gunfire tomorrow like they did in the past week, the only response will be more hatred and anger. I'm not sure if it's going to work, I don't think they can hold on to power for much longer.

This shameful corruption of the election results was a clear message for us: if reform is impossible, then it's the end of the line for this regime."

“A victory for the Islamic Republic, (…) the people here obey the rules”

Mohammad, 24, is an engineering graduate and supporter of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. He returns from the Friday prayers at Tehran University, where Ali Khamenei delivered his speech.

About 85% of eligible voters participated in the presidential election. That in itself is a victory for the Islamic Republic, and shows to the world that the people here obey the rules and legitimacy of the Republic.

But those who don't want to accept the rules, those who revolt against the majority, they are playing against our values. I looked today for pro-Mousavi or Karoubi supporters at the leader's speech and Friday prayers, but didn't find anyone except for one man who just talked to me about unity.

I think the Ayatollah had the last word. We don't need western interference and will stand against any kind of revolt aimed at our Islamic Republic."