After defending Serena Williams and twitting in support of Colin Kaepernick, Iran's hardline former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has zoomed in on the United Kingdom, lambasting London for meddling in the internal affairs of his country.
In an open letter to the Islamic Republic's Interior ministry, Ahmadinejad has requested a permit to hold a protest assembly against Iran's chaotic economy as well as the UK “meddling” in the Islamic Republic.
The protest rally permit is requested for Sunday, October 21, Ahmadinejad says.
However, the ministry has repeatedly dismissed such requests by Ahmadinejad, and there is no reason why there would be an exception this time.
Ahmadinejad, in the open letter published by a few websites still supporting him, said on Sunday, October 7, "Protesting Iran's messy and faltering economic situation, flawed decisions, obvious weakness in management, repeated mistakes in setting long term policies, particularly in the economic field, responding to the US actions and threats against the Islamic Republic, as well as Washington's "cruel sanctions" imposed on Iran are going to be highlighted at the rally," Ahmadinejad has written.
Similar requests by Ahmadinejad and his allies have always immediately rejected by the Islamic republic's authorities.
Nevertheless, the hardline former President who still hopes to hit the target this time, has focused on the UK and its "devastating role" in Iran's internal affair.
"UK's overt and covert meddling in Iranian internal affairs and disclosure of Britain's deception against the Iranian nation, will be among the topics discussed at the rally," Ahmadinejad has promised.
Apparently, Ahmadinejad and his allies have decided to push the US, as the Islamic Republic's "Great Satan" to the corner and replace it with Britain under the spotlight.
Britain, once described as the "lesser Satan" in the Islamic Republic's vocabulary, has been apparently promoted by Ahmadinejad and his allies to an upper level since the former President's Chief of Staff, Esfandyar Rahim Mashaei openly accused London of directing the Islamic Republic's judiciary.
Mashaei was arrested after he burned the court verdict against Ahmadinejad's deputy for executive affairs, Hamid Baghaei on March 15 in a symbolic move outside the British Embassy in Tehran. Without providing any proof, he claimed that the British queen, Elizabeth II, had instructed the judiciary to crack down on Ahmadinejad and his allies.
Ahmadinejad has not presented any evidence to back up his conspiracy theory.
Later, Ahmadinejad stressed, "If Mashaei had not burned the verdict, I would have gone and set it on fire, [outside London Embassy in Tehran]."
Blaming Britain for conspiracies has been common in Iranian politics and mass imagination, going back to the 19th century when Britain was an empire stretching all the way to India and farther east.
Although the Islamic Republic's judiciary has long filed a legal suit against Ahmadinejad, but, he has not yet been summoned to a trial.
"I admit that the judicial system, for some reason or another, is lenient towards some individuals, but, rest assured that whoever commits a crime will be, sooner or later, confronted," said the judiciary spokesman, mid-ranking cleric Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejei, on Sunday October 7.
Ahmadinejad is currently a representative of the Islamic Republic's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in the influential Expediency Council.