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No bloodbath says Bani Sadr

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The first man to hold the post of President following Iran’s Islamic Revolution says he does not believe the current crisis will lead to a blood bath. In an exclusive interview with Euronews, Abou el Hassan Bani Sadr gave his view on the situation.

Elected president in 1980, Bani Sadr was impeached the following year after falling out with the Ayatollah Khomeini and fled to France. He told Euronews “men of repression” were still present. “They are still there, every day in Iranian towns and attack gatherings of people,” he said. When asked whether, if a political solution wasn’t found, there could be a bloodbath, he replied: “A bloodbath? It depends, I don’t think so.” He continued: “If the movement retains its current character of a general mass protest, the forces of repression won’t dare fire on the population. “They have already killed some. They say eight but according to other sources there are 32 dead. But a bloodbath, that’s something else.”