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بیانیه مهم مهدی کروبی در مورد اختیارات ولایت فقیه /Karroubi’s important statement to the people

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Full text of Mehdi Karroubi’s important statement is as follows:

In the name of God, The Compassionate and The Merciful

To the great and honorable nation of Iran,

A year has passed since your spectacular presence during the 10th presidential elections that took place last year. This enthusiastic participation in the elections was a sign of your desire to exercise your right to self determination in the affairs of your country. Some however, based on a theory that considers people as [mere] supporters of the government and Guardianship of the Jurist rather than appointers , presented their decisions and their votes as though they were yours.

A year has passed since these elections and during this year we witnessed many ups and downs. We witnessed how the powers that trampled upon all modesty, brought upon a negative image for the Islamic Republic. We witnessed the martyrdom of our citizens who had come to the streets only to demand what had happened to their votes. We witnessed bloodshed, killing and the filling of prisons with the children of our regime and revolution. What were unfortunately lacking during this year were the people’s rights under the Constitution. Instead these fundamental rights were replaced by extreme repression through brutal force with no regard for the sanctity of life. Despite all this darkness and bitterness, we still remain hopeful that the train that has been derailed from the foundations of our Constitution, our revolution and our Imam will return to its original path and that the wrong doers repent and in doing so pave the way for dialogue and interaction.

The Great and noble people of Iran

A year after the tenth presidential election, having gone through many bitter moments, I foremost want to commend the great families of our martyrs in the past year who in complete injustice, were not even allowed to hold an honorable funeral for their loved ones.

While offering my condolences, I ask God to bless our martyrs and give the survivors patience and forgiveness. I give my respects to the injured that did not get the chance to recover in peace. I bow down to your strength and endurance. Finally, I remember those who were jailed unjustly in an effort to silence this oppressed but great nation’s righteous voice.

Today the prison cell are filled with compatriots of the revolution and Imam Khomeini , thinkers, intellectuals, youth and freedom-lovers. We are still hopeful that judiciary officials instead of issuing political indictments and pronouncing sentences dictated to them [by security apparatus] will very soon prepare the context for releasing and freeing all political prisoners and therefore redeem the status of Judicial branch.

The Righteous and noble people of Iran

Despite numerous differences in how to govern the country and self-fulfilling interpretations of the constitution by some officials, a relative solidarity and unity existed between people with different opinions , between different political factions , majority of the people and state officials. Before the election, though people’s rights and freedoms were ignored, ethnic and religious minorities were disrespected, women and youth were insulted and confronted sometimes violently, the nation was demoralized, and academic and religious scholarly institutions were under tremendous pressure to submit to the powerful, it still did not compare to what happened in the election and events after it. They fully utilized the public funds, public media, the military, and the reserves to deny people their say and clumsily rig the election results. They insulted and humiliated the people and their movement after the election, and worst of all ignored the protestors. Such large scale corruption had never taken place in the past thirty years.

Thus, even if there was a relative national unity in the country a year ago, after some officials plundered people’s votes, such unity seems impossible. The election candidates as well as their supporters along with many sects and groups in the society protested this big and obvious wrongdoing. We remember the message that brought them together: “Were is my vote?” But unfortunately the administration has decided to react to the demonstrations by employing violence, heightening security, jailing and torturing protestors, and convicting them in show trials instead of listening to their message and acting fairly within the legal framework. These actions have taken a great toll on the nation. They have falsely accused some of the most experienced leading figures in the religious and political scene of infidelity, treason, and armed confrontation. They are selling out all the worldly and spiritual capital of the country.

My beloved nation of Iran

As you all know, and I as I have mentioned before, events of last year have exposed those who think of themselves as connected to the powerful. Their foot soldiers are their media outlets and websites who steal from the oil income and other public funds. They are burning down the Islamic Republic in flames so large that have reached all the dedicated servants of the people and revolutionaries. They flames have even reached Imam Khomeini’s house and grandchild – Seyed Hassan who is a great scholar and intellectual – and other senior clergymen. We all saw the group of thugs who dishonored Imam Khomeini’s house and Mausoleum . We also saw the wide condemnation of these foolish acts from the people and clergymen. In reaction to this condemnation, a newspaper surrounded by many evils which knows no law or boundaries in using foul language, backed the thugs who insulted Imam’s grandson for the crime of being on people’s side.

This was not enough for the malevolent newspaper. Without regard for anything, they ripped through the veil of respect for the Sources of Immolation. In a wave of insults never seen before, they threatened those who had condemned the attacks on descendents of Imam [Khomeini]. This newspaper scolded the Sources of Immolation for their concerns. The newspaper asked them: “What can [possibly] stand against the defence of Islam and the Revolution?” It is very unfortunate that people [who] have no understanding of the Islamic and Revolutionary teachings of Imam [Khomeini] still want to impose their power-hungry understanding on others with threats, force, and prison. [These ‘others’] include the greatest and most respected Sources of Immolation within Shi’ite Islam. [Such actions are committed] while the history of Immolation is long and its position is very well-regarded. Sources of Immolation are the guardians of Prophet Mohammad’s Islam during the time before the return of his descendant. But [the hardliners] even see these [revered figures] as subjects to their power. This is why they send their ground-troops to the offices of Sources of Immolation in Qom to invite them to the ‘right’ path. And when the Sources of Immolation deny, they pay a group to attack the offices of Grand Ayatollah Saane’i and Grand Ayatollah Montazeri, and demand that they exit Qom. Thinking about these incidents and [seeing] images from these wild attacks leads us to [ask] the following questions: Has respect and dignity for religion and Sources of Immolation ever been ripped apart this badly in the history of the Shi’ites? How is it that some people have shifted from [being members] of a group that used the name of the daughter of the great Prophet as code for its operations – people who defended the land against those who waged war – to those who attack the offices of eminent Sources of Immolation at 5.30 in the morning and loot their property, belongings, and religious books?

Who is ready to answer for this great deviation? We still remember the days before the victory of the Revolution when the bold opinion of one person against one Source of Immolation [published] in a prominent newspaper was met with a storm of response. But today, a newspaper which is seen as the representative of the Supreme Leader insults these religious figures so easily. Maybe today’s awful constraints as well as the immeasurable protection and financial support that these slanderers receive stops people from holding them accountable and responding to them. But they should know that people will never forget these insults. Let them even ignore the people, if they are not responding – will God stand still and do nothing in the face of such terrible oppression of great men of religion and Islam?

If we move past the slander and insult in that evil editorial, there is a detail that is actually accurate and worth thinking about. [I am talking about] a quote from Ali, the first Imam of the Shi’ites. He said that individuals should be judged based on the criteria of justice; not that justice should be measured by what some individuals proclaim. Indeed, what is the definition of right and wrong (and, [indeed], justice) from the perspective of these ‘honorable’ men? How can you respond to people’s demands for their votes with bullets and then talk about justice? What formed the basis of people’s demands was their right to vote. After the atrocities at Kahrizak detainment center and other legal and illegal prisons, people began to add more demands to their list. How can you open fire on people and then ask them to stop asking for those responsible?

Who from the beginning interpreted pronouncing justified demands and asking questions about [our] votes against the Guardianship of the Jurist [Velayat-e Faqih]? Why, by means of the Guardianship of the Jurist has a hatchet been taken to the very roots of the Constitution and the Islamic Republic that was founded on the people’s vote? Why has the authority of Guardianship of the Jurist been so greatly extended that I doubt that much authority and power were [even] given to the Prophets or the infallible [Shi’a] Imams? I even doubt that God considers himself to have the right to deal with his servants in the same way [that the Supreme Leader does]. Historically, Shi’a Islam considers criticism of the ruler not only necessary but a requirement based on the Sharia law stipulation that describes “advising the leader of Muslims” [1] . Imam Sadegh [2] says “my dearest brother is the one who tells me my faults.” But as you can see, these gentlemen understand voicing opinions and views to be in opposition to Guardianship of the Jurist .The Supreme Leader expressed his opinion regarding the election [and post-election events]. But the people, while maintaining respect for him , had a different view and demanded that their votes [be counted]. Is it possible to take away the people’s right to question [events] and to distort their perception and understanding by jailing them in places like Kahrizak or killing them? They attack Marjaas and damage their homes, justifying [their actions] based on the views of the Supreme Leader. Or, by recruiting thugs, [they] insult the compatriots of Imam Khomeini and crush the articles of the Constitution under their authoritarian boots. Imam Khomeini’s compatriots and [our] wise people have not forgotten his tradition, manners and conduct. On many occasions where Imam Khomeini voiced his opinion on an issue, officials acted differently and according to their own judgments and understanding. Yet the Imam was never upset over this. [Moreover], no one would object to those officials or infringe on their rights. If the greatest marjas and the Supreme Leader do not detect the crescent of the new moon that marks the end of Ramadaan; if, instead an illiterate shepherd or simple laborer observes the new moon on the high hill of his territory and therefore breaks his fast – can someone call him an infidel, an armed dissident, a stooge of the US and of Zionism and [accuse him of acting] against the Guardianship of the Jurist as well as the state? If we assume the officials did not realize that the people’s votes were stolen, but people have observed it with their own eyes, can someone call them an infidel or an armed dissident, or [accuse them of being] against the Guardianship of the Jurist ? How is asking questions regarding one’s votes related to opposing Islam, religion and the Guardianship of the Jurist ? How is it that some people consider a demand for rights to be a crime and against the Guardianship of the Jurist when, in Islam, a dissident can debate with an infallible Imam even regarding the existence of God?

Freedom-loving and noble people of Iran

We all remember that the socio-political views of the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran were different from those of the great Marja of the time, Ayatollah Boroudjerdi . But no one recalls them having said anything against each other or having encouraged and incited their supporters to confront each other, causing unrest in religious society.

We all recall the Imam’s response to the different views of Marjaas[Sources of Emulation] within the seminary. In particular, [we recall] the manner with which he responded to the late Ayatollah Golpayegani’s social and even political views, as well as his views on jurisprudence The announcement for Eid-e-Fetr for all Muslims was even made in his name in all of the media outlets. I recall, specifically, a tape that a number of people had recorded of one of Ayatollah Golpaygani’s sermons. It was about fifteen minutes long and related to the Guardianship of the Jurist [Velayat-e Faqih ] His views were in complete contradiction to the Imam’s, yet when they brought this tape to the Imam, he ordered for Ayatollah Golpaygani’s remarks to be broadcast on national radio twice with all the details. We all recall that during the first presidential term of the current Supreme Leader [4], he had in mind a candidate for Prime Minister who was not recommended by the Imam or by Parliament. How beautiful [it was] that [Khamenei] was able to firmly stand behind his decision even though the Imam, with the power of the Guardianship of the Jurist , did not agree with him. The response to opposing the Supreme Leader as well as the Velayat-e Faqih was different at the time. . I even remember the infamous events that followed the election of Mr. Mousavi to the post of Prime Minister for a second time in 1364. 99 Parliamentary representatives did not vote for Mr. Mousavi and the current Supreme Leader, who was president at the time, famously stated that “99 people have cast a vote of non confidence and that will be 100 votes if you include mine.” He also stated the following during the inauguration and in the presence of spectators and reporters: “As I administer this presidential oath, I pledge that its execution is not completely within my authority.” With that announcement, [Khamenei] continued to assert his opposition to the choice of the Imam. However, neither he nor any of the members of Parliament who voted against the Imam’s selection were insulted, arrested, or described as against the regime or the Guardianship of the Jurist We can all recall the speech of one of the representatives of the second Parliament and the comments he made to those who disapproved of the fact that his words were against the views of the Imam: “If [speaking against the Imam] is unacceptable, then maybe he should send 270 ‘muzzles’ to Parliament.” Even after making such an inflammatory statement, that individual was never frowned upon by the Imam or his offices. He was never harassed, tortured or arrested for that speech. In fact, he was even appointed to a senior legal position within the Guardian Council and served as deputy to the Judiciary. He was also on the radar of many high-level officials within the regime. I remember that when he visited the Imam – even though it was not customary at that time – they even broadcast the news that a member of Parliament had visited the Imam on national radio.

Now compare that Guardianship of the Jurist which one might imagine, based on the scholarly and practical teachings of the founder of the Islamic Republic, with the image that is presented today of the Guardianship of the Jurist and the defense of which casts a shadow over what goes on. God knows what damage the betrayal by a number of people of the Guardianship of the Jurist and the people’s religion has done to the people and their spiritual beliefs.

Proud and Noble Nation of Iran

One year after the tenth presidential elections and after what they did with your votes, and one year after blood was spilled so that you may gain your rights, I declare again, clearly and sincerely, that in accordance with my pact with you I have stood firm until the very end, and that I am ready to sit down with anyone who should present themselves from the side of the authorities and debate with them. I will express my views on the Constitution, the Line of the Imam, and the Revolution, so that the people—the same people of whom the Imam said that his life is a sacrifice for each and every one of them—may sit in judgment and establish which are the people who have deviated from the Constitution, the path and thought and ideals of the Revolution, and which are the people who despite all the pressures and difficulties they have faced have held fast to the principles [of the Revolution and Constitution]. It is only in this kind of free debate in front of the nation that the lost trust of the people can be recovered. And had it been it possible to convince the people with this mass of propaganda and with a quagmire of lies and accusations, there would have been no need for crackdowns, and they would have given protesters permission to hold a silent march, without fear and without recourse to armed force. Yet the opponents of the people’s vote were not prepared to allot to the protesters even an insignificant share of the possibilities of expression through the media and propaganda channels which they [the authorities] control, so that they [the protesters] might explain and given an account of or declare their positions, or express their viewpoint and defend themselves from the unjust accusations brought against them. Rather the gentlemen saw logic in bullets and fired them on the people. Astonishingly, the gentlemen, instead of running the country and listening to the voice of the people, in this “heavenly Islamic city”[4] shouted slogans about running the world and planning for its inhabitants. They fear both the people and their own shadows, and instead of development for the country, their programme is composed of crackdowns and the spread of prisons and Kahrizaks [detention/torture centres], while in their heads they also entertain the idea of running the world.

Noble and Righteous Nation of Iran

The vote they stole from you and the rights that they took from you unjustly are a shameful stain that cannot be hidden with whatever colour it is painted over. This is so much the case that after one year, despite all the pressures and intimidation, not only have your rightful demands not been forgotten, but this desire for change has taken deep root in different layers of society, based on an extensive social network. This widespread desire is not something that can be destroyed by means of crackdowns, intimidation, arrests and arbitrary courts. God has requested of believers that they be patient and enduring, and has promised them victory. Although your road is hard and winding, nonetheless the future promised by God belongs to you and the oppressors are destined to nothingness. “Is not the morning nigh?” [5]

Mehdi Karroubi

*Translation by Khordaad88 

[1] A well known quote from Prohpet Mohammad Peace Be Upon Him , regarded by him as one of the most important responsibilities of Muslims.
[2] The six Shia Imam
[3] Ayatollah Khamenie
[4] An ironic allusion to the claims made by some high-ranking dignitaries that the aim of the Islamic Republic is to build a heavenly regime, literally omm olqora-ye eslam, ‘Mother of the Villages of Islam’, in Iran.
[5] Quran 11:81.

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دستگیری یک دختر توسط نیروی انتظامی- 22 خرداد 89

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سید محمد خاتمی: کجاست عدالت؟ / Seyyed Mohammad Khatami: Where Is Justice?

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Former President Mohammad Khatami, in a meeting with the members of central council of youth fraction and academia of National Trust (Etemad-Melli, Karroubi’s party) party on June 15th, the anniversary of the epic day that millions of peaceful protestors took to the streets following the rigged presidential elections, said: “June 15th is a great day because it is linked to electing and elections.”

He added: “:June 15th is one of the epic days that people came to the scene spontaneously and in the most civilized way that one can imagine and this is the sign of the maturity of our nation that this massive crowd came to the scene in complete peace and without any tension and organizing and announced their glorious presence.”

Khatami added: “June 15th could be and still can be a foundation for a kind of directed unity to achieve the values of the Islamic Revolution, meaning the rule of people on their own destiny.”

In another part of his remarks Khatami while expresseing sorrow and condemning the insults and attacks on Mehdi Karroubi and Grand Ayatollah Saanei by a group of organized thugs during Karroubi’s visit to the holy city of Qom, praised the characters of Grand Ayatollah Saanei and Mehdi Karroubi.

 Khatami also stressed that today we are witnessing a particular movement and thought in the society that claims itself as the center and base of the Islamic Revolution and unfortunately by any means possible is ready to eliminate its critics and competitions and for strengthening its rule is abusing all the resources.

In another part of his remarks Khatami by pointing to the biased performance of the Guardian Council said: “Today we see that those organizations that should confirm the qualifications of the candidates (who run for public office) are massively rejecting many qualified individuals based on their own scale and limit people’s power to choose and this is a great damage to the revolution and system that Imam [Khomeini] founded; or we can see the same trend of thoughts in the security and judiciary confrontations that exist in the society today or in the state-run TV and radio programs and these issues exist in practice which makes it very dangerous.” 

Khatami added: “The outcome of this method that they shutdown all paths in the political scene so that only one particular movement can exist and restrict the social scene and by unethical means but yet organized, put pressure on all groups, is creating despondency in various classes of the people.”

Khatami stressed: “Where is justice? Today are people’s lives easier or harder? Those who are against this trend are caring for the revolution and society not those who are portraying the image of Imam [Khomeini] and the system in a bad way.”

At the end Khatami added: “We should all get united and think of a solution because these behaviors and methods are not right and those who insult, falsely accuse others, use violence and destroy should be stopped.”

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تجمع خانواده های بازداشت شدگان 22 خرداد- مقابل اوین

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رهنورد: من برای چوبه دار آماده ام , مردم مقاوم خواهند بود / Rahnavard: I am ready for the gallows; people will be resistant

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On the anniversary of the rigged presidential election the Corrier Della Sera news paper did an interview with Dr. Zahra Rahnavard, wife of Mir Hossein Mousavi. This newspaper published its interview with Zahra Rahnavard with the title: “The godmother of the Green Movement: I am ready for the gallows; people will be resistant.”

Full transcript of this interview is as follows:

Q: Dr. Rahnavard, are you and your husband afraid?

A: Mousavi and I have never been afraid to reach our goals: freedom, democracy and removing discrimination between men and women. I have made myself ready for gallows.

Q: Exactly one year ago Ahmadinejad and your husband, Mir Hossein Mousavi, simultanuously announced to be the winner of the election and then the protests began?

A: The protests after the election were the result of the shocks, accusations and insults until after three days on Khordad 25th (June 15th) millions of people took the streets with the question that “Where is my vote?” and since then a great suppresion started.
We beleived in democracy and freedom and we were enthusiastic but instead of an aswer to our natural demands, the government confronted us with bullet, imprisonment and torture. This was not a rational response.

Q: It was not rational but the scene was gradually emptied. There is great expectation for this anniversary but they have extremely terrorized everyone. Shirin Ebadi, the lawyer and Nobel Prize winner last night was accused by her husband that said he was beaten by her although they have taped this footage from him in prison and under pressure. Is this a way of punishing two people to teach a lesson to millions of others? How did they punish you?

A: In the past twelve months most of the friends, colleagues and families of Mousavi and mine were arrested and imprisoned. They imprisoned my brother Shapour Kazemi, an electrical engineer, and his son, as well as my nephew and kept them kidnapped in frightening solitary confinement. The government want to terrorize us this way but they will not succeed. People will continue their resistance.
The Green movement is a diverse, popular, spontaneous and national movement and can only succeed if it stands on its own feet.

Q: Aren’t you sad that your decisions have caused suffering for some? Are you in touch with the families of the prisoners?

A: We do whatever we can for the families of the prisoners. Mousavi and I visit the families of the prisoners and martyrs of the movement especially when a family has not been allowed [by teh government] to hold memorial ceremony. When official permit to hold a rally for the anniversary of the coup election, we asked people not to take the streets because we didn’t want people to be harmed.
I strictly try that my personal decisions be only mine and therefore their consequences also only affect me.

Q: The movement is dead or alive?

A: Our demand is having free and healthy elections so that whoever people vote for takes control of the power not that the one who makes the decisions, changes the results. The movement is still alive.

Q: At least remind me of a victory in the past few months?

A: In Tehran’s Mohseni Square there is a statue designed by me which is called the “mother” statue. The supporters of the government have for long put a rope around her neck to bring her down but couldn’t do it because people announced that if they do so they will rename the square to Zahra Rahnavard Square and so far they have stopped.

Q: Will you be a candidate in the next election?

A: No! Not personally. I consider my self an artist and an intellectual and prefer to serve my country as an artist and intellectual.

Q: Do you have the option of leaving the country?

A: I have travelled to four corners of the world. Why should I leave my country when my people are living in suffering and cencorship?
Also I have not tested to see if my passport is still valid or not. I was born in Iran and I will die in Iran.

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اطلاعیه میرحسین موسوی پیرامون ۲۲ خرداد امسال و نیز هتک حرمت بیوت مراجع /Mousavi’s statement on June 12th events and the attack on Marjas

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Mir Hossein Mousavi in reaction to the attacks on the residences of Maraje (the highest ranking religious spiritual leaders) in a statement considered these actions the result of the need of the ruling powers to create distractions in order to hide the disasters they have caused for the country from people’s eyes. He also considered this year’s Khordaad 22nd (June 12, the anniversary of rigged presidential election) the sign of the Green movement’s maturity and wisdom. The full statement is as follows:

In the name of God

Refusing to issue permit for rally on Khordad 22nd (June 12th) more than anything showed the fear of the government from the repeat of the epic of Khordad 25, 1388 (June 14, 2009).  The unprecedented array of security and armed forces in Tehran showed that even after a year of suppression, imprisonment, partisan use of the IRIB (the state-run televisions and radios), government’s media and spending billions, the totalitarians could not convince people  that they have sincerity and truth in their actions.  As if they could, why would they have need for all these expenses, bringing forces, and spreading lies?

Attacks on the people and students on Khordad 22nd and then  the attacks on the residences of great Marja, Grand Ayatollah Saanei and on the office of late Grand Ayatollah Montazeri and insults to Hojat-al-Islam Karroubi revealed the extent of mental crisis and unrest among the attackers.  On this year’s Khordad 22nd, people didn’t give any excuse to the government to hide the outcomes of the Security Council’s resolution 1929 that was enforced on our country and nation because of bad management and populist policies and to make people forget the consequences of the double-faced and unjustified actions during the Khordaad 14 commemoration.*

Khordaad 22nd showed the maturity of the great Green movement and showed that every Green citizen wherever he or she is, at home, office, workplace, factory, school or on streets, with innovation and originality, is a movement on his or her own.

The Green movement has the wisdom to not act in a way that the totalitarians can hide the outcomes of their wrong policies in economy, culture, politics and foreign affairs.  Today, the ruling powers need more than ever to create distractions to hide the consequences of the disasters that they have brought on the country from the people’s eyes.

Attacks on the office of a respected Marja and one of the beloved students of Imam [Khomeini] is a new stage of these kinds of tension creations.  But those who ordered and those who executed such a dangerous act must know that attack on Marjas and insulting and putting pressure on them only destroy the legitimacy of the establishment.

Have they forgotten that it was the attack on Imam [Khomeini’s] house [by Shah’s forces] that laid the foundations to eliminate the bases of despotism on 15 June 1963 and then later on February 1979, and they still do not take lessens from these?!

Is it based on these historical experiences that you still sit on the branches and cut the roots?!

Mir Hossein Mousavi

14 June 2010

*When the government supporters insulted the grandson of Imam Khomeini and didn’t let him speak in the anniversary of his grandfather passing because of his supports for the people.

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Protests and clashes go on into the night in Tehran on June 12, 2010

 A group of anti-government protesters charged at State Security Forces at 20:00 local time on Saturday in Tehran’s Ferdowsi Square forcing police units to draw back in their vehicles and on motorbikes.

Two security force officers were cornered by opposition supporters and severely beaten.

Dustbins were set alight between Ferdowsi Square to the west to Enqelab Square and to the east to Imam Hossein Square.

Police helicopters hovered overhead.

Protesters were gathering in Navvab Avenue once again.

Police fired tear gas at anti-government protestors in Taleqani Street.

State Security forces attacked protesters from the Fisher-Abad side of Ferdowsi Square to push them out.

Campus security staff and members of the hard-line paramilitary Bassij force at Tehran University attacked protesting students with batons and sticks.

Hundreds of people had gathered outside Tehran University, chanting “Khamenei shame on you, leave our country alone”. They were referring to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. At least a dozen people were arrested outside the university.

Also, some 400 opposition supporters Saturday evening clashed with hard-line members of the paramilitary Bassij and plain-clothes agents at the intersection of Palestine and Enqelab streets, chanting “death to the dictator” and “[Supreme Leader Ali] Khamenei shame on you, leave our country alone”, eye witnesses reported.

In Navvab and Enqelab streets towards Towhid Square, a few hundred people have staged a protest and clashed with police, who are out in force.

In Tehran’s Fisher-Abad Street, near Ferdowsi Square, some 300 people clashed with the Bassij militia and special anti-riot guards, chanting “death to Khamenei”, and “death to the dictator”. A militiaman was beaten seriously and three protesters were injured.

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Basij filming protestors as they chant “Ya Hossein, Mir Hossein”

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Sharif University protests amid heavy security in Iran on June 12, 2010

There were hundreds of security agents standing in front of Sharif University.  Forces were preventing people from leaving the university.  Clashes between security guards and students occurred and some students were arrested by Basij forces.   Basij forces were also video taping protesters. 

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Tehran University protests on June 12, 2010

Clashes with Basij and some arrests were reported from Tehran University

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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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