Ahmadinejad’s Interview with Kim Bildsoe of Dutch TV
January 8, 2010
KIM BILDSOE: There has been protestors on the street, some have called them also lately, traitors, that they don’t understand Iran. Do you think that the young people on the street, making trouble some say, that they are traitors?
AHMADINEJAD: We should not mix things up. Elections in Iran are very free. It is the highest conceivable degree of freedom. We don’t have a party based system. It is a free government, very close to the people. We had a very high turnout at the elections. 85%, that’s unique. Then there were some who protested. That’s very natural
KB: Do you think that, as you see it, there is the freedom for young people for the people who want to express their feeling in iran today, that is fair and just? And the people that are saying we are being oppressed by the police by the secret police, that they are wrong?
MA: I said there is law and order in Iran. Wouldn’t the police in Denmark interfere when somebody passes a red light on the street? Wouldn’t the police do that? The police must maintain peace and order. But the police acts within the boundaries of the law. and the Courts keep an eye on the police. Everybody must obey the law. Protests also have to happen within the limits of the law. You have probably seen the demonstrations in Copenhagen the day before yesterday. Why did the police take action against the demonstrators? Tear gas, clubs, why did they do that? That’s because there is law and order in Denmark. People are free to protest, but they have to respect the law. They must. What happened in Copenhagen also was what happened in Tehran…there is police, law, courts, and the courts take care of complaints. Our complaint system is designed very well. There are four courts of appeal. So the chance of a failure of justice is very small. Because we have four courts of appeal. That is a thorough process. If some are swayed by emotion, and do some things or an authority makes a mistake — the courts have to take care of it. Everybody is equal under the law.
Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8z81GVHI1_I
Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5aJli5XcOVI
Part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCLSpaUmUdk
Part 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15NwDX7fEhQ