Democratic Republic of Iran جمهوری دموکراتیک ایران

The Only Way Forward

گسترش آگاهی ها، استراتژی اصلی جنبش سبز Mousavi stands firm In Interview With Kaleme

For farsi  kaleme

In an interview with Kaleme, Mir Hossein Mousavi mirrored what Mehdi Karroubi had said in his post 22 Bahman statement, and called on the government to issue a permit for a march.  He went on to say, that the gatherings on 22 Bahman were “engineered”  and were not a “reassurance” of the governments actions since the election.  And, the violent suppression of the protestors on 22 Bahman,  the enormous financial burden the regime incurred in order to defuse the presence of the greens (thousands of busloads of people brought to Tehran), and their unwillingness to issue a permit for a march reaffirms their fear of the size and scope of the green movement.  Those responsible for this strategy are only fooling themselves, and not the people.

He also reiterated, that the green movement is not against Islamic values (sharia), nor against the establishment, they are just pursuing the people’s rights, as guaranteed in the constitution.  He outlined several other demands and/or concerns of the movement:

  • Our citizens do not like the surveillance of their letters, text messages and phone conversations.
  • The people do not want industries controlled by the Revolutionary Guard and other government entities, under the false pretense of privatisation.
  • Our nation does not want our women to be attacked and falsely accused for pursuing equal rights.
  • They want all voices to be heard in the media and demand an end to media censorship.
  • Teachers and workers must not be attacked for pursuing their rights.

He also said that a few extremist and superstitious elements in the clergy do not represent the majority, and that the people should not distance themselves from the clergy or Islam.  He stated that one of the main goals of the green movement going forward, is to expand the social network and the dissemination of informatiom.  Mousavi again emphasized that free elections, freedom of prisoners, freedom of the media, and an end to the militarized atmosphere are the only ways that the regime can save itself from losing legitimacy. 


Filed under: 22بهمن, Ayatollahs, iran election, Iran News, Iranian protests, revolution, میرحسین موسوی خامنه Mousavi, ایران iran, ,

Chaharshanbeh Suri “Firey Showdown!?”

There is much debate as to whether the opposition should use Chaharshanbeh suri as a protest to the regime, as there are always many deaths, injuries and property damage as a result of the fires, molotov cocktails and fireworks.  The cause of contention is that the regime will blame these incidents solely on the opposition, and that they will show on state television, the many burned, mamed or dead and air interviews with their loved ones in hopes of fostering division and anger towards the protestors.  Many believe that the regime will lay blame on them anyways, and are determined to give the regime hell this night.  Chaharshanbeh suri has been used as an anti-regime protest since the revolution, even though Khomeini had banned the celebration.  During Khatami’s presidency, there was a relaxation and thus a rebirth of the event.  And then came Ahmadinejad, his government began to crackdown on the event, and over the past several years, protests on this night have become more radical.  Add into the mix, this years fraudulent election and crackdown on the opposition, there is the potential for a “firey” showdown. 

 Last year, hundreds of thousands across Iran threw Molotov cocktails and firecrackers in the streets to show the government their wrath.  There was a massive presence of riot police and security forces on the streets, which inevitably resulted in clashes and arrests.  Last year a new record was achieved according to Fars news agency, with around 100 Iranians injured and taken to hospital by ambulance, mostly due to burns.

Video clip of last years chaharshanbeh suri

Taking into account what has transpired this past year, it is not realistic to expect  many in the opposition to stay home and celebrate quietly.  We agree, that the oppositon will be blamed for all the mayhem that will surely unfold, and perhaps one could make a good argument that it is better to hold the protests on Sizdah Bedar when the people can congregate in the parks in large numbers.  Although, surely there will be massive security around/in the parks in an attempt to prevent such a thing.  But, we must be realistic and acknowledge the obvious, and that is, there will surely be a large segment of the opposition that will engage on Chaharshanbeh Suri

It is in this vein, we would hope and pray that they limit their activities to burning symbols of the regime (banners, posters and signs) and refrain from property damage, as fires could spread and innocent lives could be at risk.  For those that will go out, they should avoid gathering in large masses, as it will be easier for the forces to contain.  Rather, they should congregate in smaller numbers, spread out across the city, and create confusion for the forces.   For those who will stay close to home and celebrate, they could toss into the fires, pictures of regime figures and symbols of the regime (emblem from flag, etc.), along with anti-regime chants.  

Whatever their decision, we stand firmly and unwaveringly behind them.

*Click Here For Chaharshanbeh Suri info, protests, posters and videos


Filed under: iran election, Iran News, Iranian protests, revolution, چهارشنبه سوری, ایران iran,

The Last Lifeline For The Opposition Leaders?

If the reports coming from the meeting of the Assembly of Experts in Iran are accurate, Mousavi, Karroubi and Khatami could be officially banished from the regime in the near future.  Assembly of Experts issued a statement stating that the time for the opposition leaders to “repent and return” has elapsed.  They maintained that the “leaders of the sedition had been given numerous opportunities to repent and return to the bosom of the Revolution and Imam Khomeini’s ideals, but have failed to do so.”  They also praised Khamenei’s “wise guidance” that led the country away from said sedition.   

Also, Ayatollah Khamenei told the Assembly of Experts today that those who are unwilling to accept the outcome of the tenth presidential elections have lost the “eligibility to remain in the framework of the regime.” 

We interpret this to mean, that if the opposition leaders persist in their defiance, they will face the same fate as the late Ayatollah Montazeri did when he publically questioned government policies and criticised Khomeini.  They will probably be placed under house arrest, and will not be able to attend any state functions or celebrations, no access to media, and media will be forbidden to mention their names, Karroubi and Khatami would be defrocked and no public speeches, etc.  The regime would simply pretend as if they do not exist.

However, there does appear to be a potential lifeline left for them.  The Expediency Council has been asked by Khamenei, to review the general policies of election law and give him their recommendations.  Although, there is no evidence to suggest that they would even consider reassessing the Guardian Councils role in the election process.  They may offer some revisions of policy that could make it more difficult for the Guardian Council to reject reform candidates from the ballot.  We do not expect any major changes to come out of these meetings.  On the other hand, we do believe that if Khamenei accepts minor changes to the policies, however small, and the opposition leaders still refuse to back down, “that will be the straw that breaks the camels back.” 



Filed under: Ayatollahs, iran election, Iran News, Iranian protests, Karroubi, revolution, میرحسین موسوی خامنه Mousavi, ایران iran, , , ,

طرح جدید سردار همدانی : دو برابر شدن پایگاههای بسیج در تهران


Filed under: Basij, iran election, Iran News, Iranian protests, IRGC, revolution, Revolutionary Guards, چهارشنبه سوری, ایران iran, , , , , ,

حمله به کوی دانشگاه تهران-25 خرداد88

Filed under: Basij, iran election, Iran News, Iranian protests, Iranian University Protests, revolution, ایران iran, ,

Mehdi Karroubi’s statement regarding events of 22nd of Bahman

In the name of God, the compassionate and the merciful

Great and noble people of Iran

I deeply appreciate your huge turnout in the 22nd Bahman [February 11, anniversary of the revolution] rally despite all the security pressures and the closed political atmosphere. The ceremonies this year were held while all political fractions, prominent figures and grand Ayatollahs had invited people to participate in hope of moving toward resolving the current crisis and our national dilemmas. Nevertheless, the brutal totalitarian forces are using the state-run television and their official and unofficial media outlets to hijack the rallies and stage them as a show of their supporters while unethically ignoring the brutalities and violence that occurred on the sidelines and the extreme security measures that were in place that day, thus presenting a complete opposite of what had actually happened. These brutal forces want to use these rallies that were not possible without the widespread presence of the supporters of the reformists and conservatives alike, to clean their record of [illegal] arrests, crimes, tortures, and street killings. They want to cover up their crimes, violence and brutality with fallacies and misrepresentations. During the 22 Bahman rally this year, the police and armed forces had turned the streets of Tehran into a military base. They severely attacked and silenced whoever showed the slightest sign of nonconformity with the current situation. Sure interesting enough, not a single scene of the presence of all those forces, their assaults on you with teargas, or their beating you was reflected in the domestic media! It seems like their eyes have been covered with a veil of [their] wrongdoings. How else could they think that they have succeeded in erasing the collective memory of the people and totally confiscating this national, religious, and revolutionary ceremony for their own benefit, so they can continue “depriving people of their most essential rights”. This is while, were it not for the various political groups’ invitations and the people’s participation, the 22 Bahman rallies would have turned out as an unenthusiastic rally of armed and security forces, and they would have had no chance for these political exploitations.

We all know that your attendance in 22nd of Bahman rally was not in support for the repressive policies that have taken so many political prisoners but for your love of Iran, the Islamic Revolution, and Imam Khomeini. You good people of Iran did not attend the Islamic Revolutions anniversary rally to swear allegiance to those who beat people. My pious countrymen, You know better than anyone that spilling the blood of the innocent is against your religion and morals. Did Ali (peace be upon him) fill his prisons to strengthen his government? You who have given Martyrs, are not satisfied with concealment of the crimes committed in Kahrizak, Sobhan Complex, and university dormitories and disrespecting the senior religious figures. Your attendance in 22nd of Bahman rally is not a token of support for such villainy. Regardless, those who have done their uttermost to engineer the 22nd of Bahman rally by utilizing hundreds of buses and trains to bring in support, must explain why the Azadi square was so empty during the speech despite having used so many resources and engaging the police and armed forces. Is it possible to think that intelligent people of Iran would not know the reason behind the presence of tens of thousands of police and armed forces on the streets? Do they think that people have not seen all the pressure being exerted by the police and plain-cloth forces who use daggers, clubs, and pepper sprays on the servants of Iran and Islamic Republic to stop them from joining the crowd. Do they think that people have not noticed their fear and weakness?

Dear nation, your presence in the rallies of the February 11 are beyond analysis, unless it is looked at from the prospective of dichotomy of the two currents organizing against one another. We have two political inclinations in our society. One is an inclination that is afraid of rights to gather in peaceful demonstrations, and rallies according to the Article 27 of the constitution. It is this fear that motivates them to turn Tehran into a military base on the day of national rallies. This stream is the one that only tolerates its own supporters in rallies, and understands the nation as a set of groups who are advocates and supporters of its commands. It sees the rest of the people, even if the rest of the people constitute a majority, as a ‘dirt and dust’. On the other side there is the other inclination which recognizes you regardless of your variety, colorful range of beliefs, and without favoring on one gender, class, culture or race. This is an inclination that calls people not only to attend the rallies in Freedom Sq. but also to sit together around the same table and share their freedom. As such, based on teachings of Imam Khomeini I have two suggestions to take away the veil of ignorance that has blinded the sights of totalitarian currents. My first suggestion is that just like Imam Khomeini had asked: “The government should organize a meeting in Tehran in one of the big squares, and allow us to organize a meeting in the deserts close to Qom.” I want to ask for a permit to organize a rally based on the article 27 of the constitution in one of the squares of Tehran so that we can see the minority and the majority.

We will provide security for the rally ourselves and guarantee that it will be conducted without any slogans directed at the regime. Once and for all, a demonstration free of threats and suppression to show the weight of each group in the society. But the second suggestion: While the authoritarian factions have turned the 22nd Bahman rally into a referendum to endorse their violent and anti-public policies , I propose a referendum based on the article 59 of the constitution to solve this crisis and end the reign of the guardian council. Interfering with the rule of people in the name of approbation supervision that has even surpassed [their own definition of ] approbation supervision . It is these interventions that inhibit holding a free presidential elections and forming an independent Guardian Council and parliament. In what sort of independent parliament are members forced –out of the fear of guardian council – to sign every statement against people who care for this country? The record of 10th presidential election shows that only a referendum can free us from these difficulties. [Only] in presence of an independent parliament will the principles related to interests of people and their fundamental rights such as freedom of press, fair trial and so on be observed. It is such a parliament, free from the rule of Guardian Council, that will clarify the weight of various political forces in the society not spending millions of dollars in government preparations and forcing a [pro-government ] atmosphere as we saw in 22nd of Bahman.

Mehdi Karroubi

Feb. 22 / 2010

Filed under: 22بهمن, Guardian Council, iran election, Iran News, Iranian protests, Karroubi, revolution, ایران iran, , , , , , ,

آزادی زندانیان جنبش سبز تا نوروز و بازگشت تدریجی سپاه به پادگانها


Filed under: Evin prison, iran election, Iran News, Iranian protests, IRGC, revolution, Revolutionary Guards, ایران iran

طرح هاشمی،روحانی ورضایی برای تغییر قانون انتخابات و حذف شورای نگهبان


Filed under: iran election, Iran News, Iranian protests, Rafsanjani, revolution, ایران iran,

تلاش حاميان دولت براي برکناري آيت الله هاشمي


Filed under: iran election, Iran News, Iranian protests, Rafsanjani, revolution, ایران iran,

مهدی هاشمی اسناد محرمانه دوران جنگ و سازندگی را با خود به انگلستان برده است


Filed under: iran election, Iran News, Iranian protests, Rafsanjani, revolution, ایران iran,

Our perserverance is our sword, Our unity is our shield, AZADI… is our destiny!

Brave Women Of Iran

A special note we would like to share with the brave and beautiful women of Iran; You have shown extraordinary courage, passion, pride, humility and humanity in the face of great injustice. The world has taken notice and we are all humbled by your strength and determination. If you are the future, then we all are comforted by how bright it will shine.

The One Who Wishes To Move A Mountain, Must Start By Removing Stones

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