The Islamic Iran Participation Front (reformist) issued a statement and harshly condemned the arrest of its senior member. In part of this statement it reads: “In continuation of the failed policy of repressing any critic, yesterday Dr. Ali Shakoori-Raad, prominent member of the Central Council of Islamic Iran Participation Front, was arrested. While shamelessly the remarks are being made in western media [by government officials] that Iran is the freest country in the world and outrageously they are claiming that the opposition of the government has more freedom in practice than the president, Dr. Shakoori-Raad is arrested only for the crime of speaking, expressing his views and writing in his personal web-log.”
In another part of this statement the Participation Front emphasized: “Arrest of an individual like Dr. Shakoori-Raad is a sign of definite and inevitable defeat and desperation of the coup agents who know no other means than blades and batons in face of logic and reason; and also is the sign of triumph of the pure reform tend and the Green Movement of the people of Iran who are innocently tolerating all these cruelties in the year of Patience and Perseverance (referring to the current Persian year named by Mir Hossein Mousavi).
The Islamic Iran Participation Front that is carrying the most scars from the attacks of the totalitarians is proud to have members such as Dr. Shakoori-Raad among itself and announces that these kinds of actions will cause absolutely no barrier in the peaceful, legal and justice-seeking activities of the Islamic Iran Participation Front and all of its members will continue Dr. Shakoori-Raad’s path.”