On the anniversary of the day marking the birthday of Imam Hassan (Shias’ second Imam) a group of young reformists met with Mehdi Karroubi. In this meeting Mehdi Karroubi while welcoming this group prayed for their prosperity and also recognized the coincident of this meeting with the birthday of Imam Hassan (peace be upon him) as a good sign and congratulated this day to those present.
In this friendly meeting Mehdi Karroubi answered the questions raised by audience regarding the tenth presidential elections and the clear fraud in the elections as well as the events that happened in the aftermath of the election. The full transcript of Mehdi Karroubi’s remarks is as follows:
In these various meetings and visits there are discussions regarding the families of political prisoners, victims, injured and martyrs of the post election events that breaks ones hearts, especially when there are talks about those unknown individuals that have paid heavy prices during these events and still there is no information regarding most of them; and even if there is any information sometimes inadvertently less attention has been paid to their cases and they are struggling with all the hardships and following restrictions that have been imposed on them.
We did not expect that such an extensive disastrous and bitter event would have happened to the election. The elections that was held with such an indescribable enthusiasm and excitement on the June of last year and today that in late August and one and half year since the [election] day anywhere we go the discussion are about the political prisoners and those who lost their lives [in the post-election] events. It is regrettable that in an election that people were perusing their vote would come to this point; during this time we witnessed what they have done to noble human, both those who are well-known and those who are unknown. The accusations that they are making against us is that: “You have lost and you are being adventures” but there are issues and we are saying that we are right; if there is supposed to be a healthy competitions and a race for victory then why in peaceful competition all the resources and benefits is for a specific group?! If there are no media, websites and cyber space our news, information and our voice will not reach anyone. The shutdown of [our] newspapers, press and media are among the restrictions that have been imposed on us and from these restrictions one can assume how the situation was in the past.
Mehdi Karroubi while emphasizing on the fact that the tenth presidential election was unfair regarding the fraud in the election said:
The argument of some is that there was fraud and some are insisting that there was no fraud. But we are saying that not only there was fraud [in election] but it was not even limited to one or two million votes but rather it was massive and the outcome of the elections had been decided even before the election. It was planned that one side (Ahmadinejad) would get 25 million votes and the other side (Mir Hossein Mousavi) would get few million votes and one particular side (Mehdi Karroubi) would get 300,000 votes! Their point was that they (reformists) must fail. We have enough evidence regarding this matter and we will reveal them in the debate that we have been requested and all the issues will become clear. These fellows are arguing that the Guardian Council observes the elections and investigates and deals with any cases of fraud and we should follow up on our complaint through legal channels. But the main problem is with this very same observer that is not neutral and it is obvious to everyone that did not honor neutrality and their hands are tainted with betrayal of people’s votes. If the Guardian Council is neutral why don’t they hold a face-to-face meeting or debate?! I request that they hold a meeting anywhere they want, either in the university or mosque or the studios of state-run TV and radio and in this meeting representatives of the government (both from the observers and executers) be present so that we prove in this meeting that not only there was fraud but the election was fully engineered and its outcome was determined ahead of time, while independent reporters publish the full transcript of this meeting without any alteration for the people so that the discussions would be reflected truly. Also we will prove that the observer board (Guardian Council) has been acting biased and unfair and the executive board (Ahmadinejad’s administration) that has been making speeches, using propaganda and spending large amounts of money for their own personal or group’s benefits and has been talking against us and the reformist groups, has not been acting fairly and neutrally [in the elections].
In continuation Mehdi Karroubi regarding some of the shameful and false allegations made by the chairman of the Guardian Council and the Minister of Interior against the leaders of the Green Movement accusing them of receiving more than one billion dollars from the US government via Saudis to create “chaos” in the aftermath of the election, said:
Some of these guys talks like they are in contact with Gabriel on daily bases and they receive messages from heaven that the truth is that we have failed and we have a heavy load of sins. At the times of the prophets and the saints, even if there was a holy revelation it was not enforced on the people but rather there was consultation and dialogue. I am surprised that how power and the material world brought human to this point and humans have become so selfish. I am amazed from such remarks especially made by clerics, and how they tell such lies and have closed their eyes on the truth. What are the meanings of these false interpretations and insults? And is the fate of the people hands of such people?! During this time I served religion, clergy and the Islamic Republic and it was not only a service but it was defending people’s rights and votes and despite the claims of some not only I did not fail but rather I am proud of what I have done.
Mehdi Karroubi addressed the totalitarians in power and said:
You, yourselves, know that you don’t have the people’s votes, or at most your votes are few. I am ready to walk with anyone you say from anywhere you say, from coffee shops to cinemas and places of prayer, from north to south, from east to west, on foot or by vehicle, walk and ride among the people in the cities, ask and see people support and have tendencies toward whom and which groups.
Are people those who attack and vandalize people’s cars and businesses? Are people those who in the heat of summer wear thick jackets and button up all the way and their clothes are so inflated just like a woman who is pregnant with twins because they hide all sorts of tools to beat people [beneath their clothes] and everyone is scared and afraid of them? Or people are those who are unhappy and protesting across the streets and all over the country and show their protests through peaceful means?
Mehdi Karroubi by pointing to the bitter events of Kahrizak prison in which some of the arrested peaceful protestors of the post-election events were detained, tortured, raped and some even killed said:
The issue of Kahrizak is a shameful point. When we raised concerns about the disasters and crimes that had happened in Kahrizak, instead of investigations and fair judgment, they started attacking and falsely accusing us all across the country an finally it got to a point that while confirming the events that had happened in Kahrizak, they eventually granted the title “Martyr” to three individuals who were killed in there; this is a good point but all those who were killed on the same days and other days [in the aftermath of the post election events] are not martyrs?!
Mehdi Karroubi while supporting the formal complaint made by seven imprisoned senior reformist figures against some of the high ranking Revolutionary Guards’ officials for medaling both before and after the election and sabotaging the campaigns of the reformist candidates in order to bring Ahmadinejad back to power, stated:
A security official made some remarks and so-called “disclosed” some issues, these respected fellows (the seven reformists) wrote a letter in response to that and formally announced their complaint. Is the problem solved by arresting and calling them back to prison? The very same calling back to prison is a reaction.
Mehdi Karroubi by pointing to the closed environment and restrictions imposed on him and other reformists said:
They don’t allow few people gather together. They don’t give permission to hold funerals, mourning religious ceremonies and etc. They control every move and visit.
The permission to hold a rally will make everything clear. If they dare and give us permit to hold a ceremony in a mosque they, themselves, can see people’s participation and opinion. They are afraid of our presence among the people and our interaction with them; they are afraid of us speaking the truth and people hearing the truth. But today with the help of technology and cyber media one cannot prevent the spread of information and truth.
In this meeting Mehdi Karroubi also announced that he is preparing and editing a collection that analyzes and studies the elections held in the past 20 years in Iran and added:
I will analyze and study the elections of the past few years since the passing of Imam [Khomeini] which includes five parliamentary elections (the fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth), six presidential elections (two during construction era –Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani’s time, two during reform era – Mohammad Khatami’s time and two during the time of an administration that the scent of its good service and ideology have spread not only in Iran but all over the world! – Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s time) as well as three elections of the Assembly of Experts; because I have been active and involved in this matter from the very beginning. I will show that how from 20 years ago and after the passing of Imam [Khomeini] some movements started to repress a certain group that has brought the situation to this point and its peak today. The argument that I will present in the future is not only to criticize the other side and perhaps there might be some drawbacks towards the reformists regarding the issue of elections; a [comprehensive] study and analysis that includes all groups and parties as well as the failures and the wins.
At the end of this meeting while hoping and praying for patience for all the families of martyrs, victims and political prisoners of the post-election events, prayed for the success and prosperity of the attendees.