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فراخوان دانشجویان سبز دانشگاه آزاد اهواز برای شرکت در راهپیمائی 22 خرداد این شهر /Ahvaz students statement regarding June 12 revolts

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Statement by the Green Students of Ahvaz University regarding protests on June 12th (22nd Khordad) – “We Will Stand Firm”!

Sunday June 6th, 2010, Khordad 16th, 1389

“On behalf of the Green students at Ahvaz University we would like to announce that regardless of the expulsions from school and the many visits to the disciplinary committee of the university last year, we remain as Green as ever and there should be no doubt what so ever, that this June 12th, 22nd of Khordad we will come to the streets once again to stand with our legitimate president Mr. Mousavi, with all Iranians and all our compatriots in the city of Ahvaz.”

According to Daneshjoo News , the Green students at Ahvaz University have issued a statement in which they invite all Iranians to protest the anniversary of last years rigged elections.

The content of this statement is as follows:

In the name of the most loving,

To our dear Green friends and supporters,

A year has passed since you began this journey in which you worked so tirelessly. A year in which so much happened that it would be impossible for any camera to adequately capture the scenes. The events of last year turned our hopes for change into disappointment; leaving us with no other choice but to stand firm against the oppressors until the day when victory is finally ours.

On behalf of the Green students at Ahvaz University we would like to announce that regardless of the expulsions from school and the many visits to the disciplinary committee of the university last year, we remain as Green as ever and there should be no doubt what so ever, that this June 12th, 22nd of Khordad we will come to the streets once again to stand with our legitimate president Mr. Mousavi, with all Iranians and all our compatriots in the city of Ahvaz.

Last year more than 100 students at Ahvaz University were summoned to the disciplinary committee in the eve of the 16 of Azar with a goal to suppress our movement. This event was followed by more expulsions and summons to the disciplinary committee of students on the 13th of Aban. Regardless of all the pressure, Ahvaz University remains alive.

We will never forget those days. If last year our only wish was to reclaim our votes, this year, with all that we have witnessed, we feel an even heavier burden on our shoulders. So many martyrs and prisoners were sacrificed for our cause; so many students were expelled from university. What did they demand except to reclaim their vote? Was it right to respond to these questions with bullets by the ruling power? Was this the Alavi Justice they so proudly spoke of?

We will continue to roar that the Green students at Ahvaz University are awake; that we stand firm and refuse to allow the coup government to achieve its goals. We will not allow our country to be sacrificed for the sake of lust and the power games by agents of this illegitimate government.

We therefore ask our fathers and mothers to stand with us this June 12th, 22nd of Khordad. Do not abandon your children; stand with us so that together we can fight for our country and our lost rights.

History is in the makings and what will be remembered most, is our current perseverance and resilience.

The Green Students at Ahvaz University.

 
English translation by Negar Irani

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“Death to Khamenei” chanted in central Tehran

Iranfocus –  In apparent defiance of repressive measures put in place in the capital, some residents in Moniriyeh and Abu Saeed districts in central Tehran late on Friday chanted “Allah o-Akbar (God is the greatest)”, “Death to Dictator”, and “Death to Khamenei”, referring to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, from rooftops.
 
Similar slogans were chanted on campus and in the dormitory of the Free University of Shiraz, southern Iran, students told Iran Focus by telephone.
 
In a speech in south Tehran on Friday, Khamenei issued a stern warning to opposition activists not to continue their challenge to the ruling system.
 
The opposition has called for protests from 10-20 June to mark the anniversary of the nationwide uprising last year.

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(بیانات مهم حجت الاسلام والمسلمین کروبی در آستانه سالگرد ارتحال حضرت امام (ره)(فیلم+صوت /(Video) Important statement of Mehdi Karroubi approaching the anniversary of Ayatollah Khomeini’s passing

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The important statement of Mehdi Karroubi approaching the anniversary of Ayatollah Khomeini’s passing:

*Full english translation below videos(provided by Khordaad 88)

Approaching the anniversary of Ayatollah Khomeini’s passing, Mehdi Karroubi made a statement regarding Imam Khomeini’s governmental conduct. In his statement Mehdi Karroubi says: “They have damaged and weakened the Republic in the name of Islam and I bluntly say that we are now seriously concerned about the Islamic part of the regime.” Regarding Imam Khomeini’s view of spiritual leaders, he added: “Imam paid particular attention so that the spiritual leadership remains protected and does not get harmed.” Regarding Imam Khomeini’s conduct in abiding to the law, he added: “Both in his will and in his actions and conducts, Imam was strongly opposed to armed forces entering in political groups. [The armed forces] can protect the revolution but at the same time should not interfere so that one can get the vote or someone else.”

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* We are approaching the anniversary of Imam [Khomeini.] As usual we wanted to hold speeches, organize rallies and travel to the provinces. Unfortunately, last year’s election and the unseen cases fraud had series of unfortunate incidents for our country. I believe, like many others, that the mood that those events had set are going to continue and disrupt the usual ceremonies for the anniversary of departure of Imam. Of course, presence of people on that magnificent day is great and very important, but events that followed after the election has definitely left their stain on these ceremonies. For example, there were three nights of programs every year. This year, there’s only one day limited to a Friday prayer. We see that the rest of the programs are organized by the forces in Basij and Revolutionary guards, and it is people within the military who give the most interviews. The organizers of course commit to what they do, and it’s their duty too, but in their interviews they don’t content to speeches on the day, instead they decide ways to go ahead for others, namely the siblings of the great Imam Khomeini. Well, the grandchild of Imam spoke, and he knows what to say and how to say it. We usually get a chance for interviews, but this year they either didn’t interview, or when they did they did not reflect it in the news. They seem to be afraid. It comes down to the fact this year we didn’t get an opportunity for interview and as such we thought about organizing this session so that we can do our duty and have a discussion about Imam Khomeini.

That is why I was thinking that I should talk about Imam, about his resistance and tolerance, about his firm decision making, about his proactive thinking and vision for the future. I wanted to talk about the decisions that opened up blockades that seemed like a dead-end to all else. These require long discussions that deserve more extensive time. Accordingly, I was thinking that this year, I talk about what we are facing in the country.

Some talk as though Imam belongs to them. They talk as though they are the only followers and the rest are not. They accuse whoever is critical of the election results. They accuse them of being agents of Mosad and CIA. They don’t stop at any insults. They say things like these people should not have objected to the election results, or that they were traitors from the beginning and the election is just a reason for us to see the true treacherous faces of dissidents. They believe that even if the dissidents were good people they failed to prove themselves during the crisis that unfolded after the elections. They are very active in attaching these allegations to us, and they have all the media outlets, and the continue what they do.

We try to be patient, and sometimes we reply back. but today I was thinking because of the anniversary of Imam, I must add some new points. We deny their allegations. We have not deviated from the path that Imam laid out. We are resisting based on the goals of that very path. If you see a problem in that. Let’s sit down and debate and our dear people will judge. We ask them to find whoever they want and we’ll sit down and debate. But they haven’t responded, and probably won’t in the future. Because, they know very well how they are unravelling all the roots of this revolution. They know very well how they are undermining all the goals that Imam had in mind. They know how they are creating a deviation from Imam’s path and imposing their own frameworks on Imam’s path. Now I have to allude to some very important and key points that Imam had in mind for the revolution which these people [in power now] have tried to undermine. Maybe in the end we would know who has really gone astray from the path that Imam laid out. Maybe which groups have become captive to the sweet taste of power, and have forgotten all about the goal and aims of Imam.

First point:

Imam said one word: “Islamic Republic.” Regarding the ’republic’ Imam said that ‘vote of the people is the main criteria.’ He said all the entities in the government should be directly or indirectly result of the vote of people. Criteria for all power should be the vote of people.

Let me point out what happened in the Third Parliament, 1 year after the departure of Imam. They created the ‘expdient monitoring’ program that allowed barring the people from entering the parliament election process. They filtered out many who had been in the Parliament for 4, 8 or even 12 years. They filtered out many other outside the parliament. They tried to create a parliament that they wanted. When the Parliament was created it hosted people of all thought and views. It was a Parliament that contributed two presidents to the establishment. When those two were martyred. It contributed more. It contributed ministers of Labor, of Education, of Internal Affairs and of Culture. That Parliament is now turned into this new [useless] Parliament. A new Parliament that legislates a bill to quicken the process of executions. I respect the great members of the Parliament, but we must understand what costs we had to pay to have this Parliament. So, I am saying that the selective ‘expeident monitoring’ process that created a filter for the vote of people through the Guardian Council. They hold the right to approve or disapprove eligibility of people to enter the parliamentary election process. They denied people who served as representatives of people for more than 20 years with the tiniest excuses. They removed many people who were of great value to the establishment.

Although in 1369, a year after Imam Khomeini’s passing, during the second Assembly of Experts election, instead of the faculty members of Scholarly Islamic Institutes, they decided to make the Guardian Council (appointed by the supreme leader) responsible for checking candidates’ eligibility. Some wanted to take part in choosing the supreme leader and monitor his role, which is the constitutional responsibility of Assembly of Experts. I want to add that members of the assembly also have some oversight on supreme leader’s appointments into different committees. Many innocent and devoted individuals such as Ayatollah Ehsanbakhsh and Mr. Najmy where disqualified from the second round elections for Assembly of Experts.

The first issue that arose was seemingly random qualification process. I can never forget Mr. Abasifard. His candidacy was tested once, was approved but he was not elected. He joined the Judiciary as an officer which put him in a better position to run for office. Two years later, when he decided to run for office again, his candidacy was tested once more. I was in Qom when I heard about this and told one of my friends there that they probably want to get rid of him. I couldn’t explain why a person would have to be tested twice in two years any other way. I was right. He was tested once more and disqualified. Then he went to Khoozestan to run for office from there. This time, his candidacy was approved and he was elected. Two or three years ago, they once again disqualified him. This means that the Guardian Council must first approve the election. How is this following Imam’s teachings that asked us all to put people’s votes first and depended on elections?

They have justified weakening the republic by pretending to make the country more Islamic. But let me assure you that the Islamic nature of this government is seriously in jeopardy.

Another point:

Imam Khomeini used to create a balance between different parties. He protected the parties within the regime but he also warned them if they stepped out of line. He dealt with the issues that arose from this.

For instance, we had a meeting with the clergymen about the second election in which Mr. Fakhr Al Din Hejazi was disqualified. Imam Khomeini sent a message and ask why Mr. Hejazi, an outspoken veteran, who had previously been elected with the most number of votes was sacked. Or in another meeting when Ayatollah Yasrabi was disqualified from running in the first Assembly of Experts I don’t want to talk about why he was disqualified. Imam called one of the attendants. He asked why Ayatollah Yasrabi was sacked and asked the council to qualify his candidacy.

Or in the third parliamentary elections after Mr Sheikh Mohamaad Yazdi did not get elected Imam Khomeini immediately made him a member of guardian council , or another example is Ayatollah Tabasi who was from city of Mashhad and was the head of the Imam Reza holy shrine trusteeship[1] . Some of our friends had organized a meeting at Gohar Shad mosque which although was part of the holy shrine complex was directed separately. Few speakers in the meeting were not on good terms with Mr.Tabasi and they showed that in their speeches. Ahmad Khomeini with request of Imam Khomeini called the organizers to object and said Mr Tabasi is Imam Khomeini’s representative and head of the trusteeship, your conduct there is not advisable. In other words Imam always tried to keep a balance between various sides; there are more stories than what I recounted.  Now this is not the case. The approach [by supreme leader] is one sided and partial. And this has led to many problems for the country. Take the example of parliament which was formed by means of disqualifying thousands of legitimate candidate and  installing current members , yet they still have serious issues with the government and the parliament is incapable of performing its responsibilities.

Another important point I want to discuss with you is regarding the issue of Marjaa [Grand Ayatollah]. The most important [religious and social] capital of Shia during the absence of 12 Shiite Imam are the Marjas [Grand Ayatollahs]. They have been support and refuge for Shia Islam in difficult moments of its meandering history.

I would like to refer you to the story of Grand Ayatollah Mizary Shirazi and his fatwa banning usage of tobacco during Iran’s constitutional revolution of 1906. Or stories related to Ayatollah Haj Kazem Yazdi who lived in Najaf during the British siege of Baghdad. Despite warning from British that the city of Najaf will come under attack and he should leave, he refrained and said the people Najaf are all my family ,I cannot take them all with me or leave them behind. Or the stories related to martyrdom of Ayatollahs in the same war. In the story of Iranian constitutional revolution , Shia Marjas played an important role due to series of events which consequently gave them a unique and distinguished position in the affairs of the time. More important than these is the story of Imam Khomeini himself. The fact that Imam Khomeini was a Marjaa was certainly the most important factor in overthrowing the previous regime.

Imam Khomeini was a great Marjaa and he had numerous students. The head of Savak[2] unit in holy city of Qum was a man named Sergeant Ghalghaseh. This was at the time that Ayatollah Broujerdi was Marjaa. He would prepare reports on the Qum seminary and Ayatollahs and send them to Central Savak office in Tehran. These documents are available today.  Savak knew the person in charge of operation in Qum should have religious, popular appeal, someone who would socialize with everyone and attend all prayers.  In one of his reports he mentioned that among the scholars in Qum, Ayatollah Khomeini has the largest number of students. Between 500-600 students participate in his classes. At that time having 50-100 pupils was a large number , the average was around 10, 20 or even 30.  So he reported about Imam Khomeini’s popularity among students. Savak [later] tried to strip Imam Khomeini from title of Marjaa. Even in interrogating other prisoners they would ask them which Marjaa they followed. They wanted to establish the fact that Imam Khomeini is not a Marjaa and he is simply a dissident like some other Ayatollahs.  But because of Imam Khomeini’s influence they did not succeed. Imam Khomeini considered it very important that the status and position of Marjaas should be revered and respected. I was speaking in Friday prayers once and in my speech I attacked one the Marjaas of the time whom had been visited by Farah [former queen of Iran under Shah’s regime] and the Marjaa has given a ring to the Shah as a gift. It was a turbulent time in Iran then , I scolded him in my speech refereeing to a  Marjaa who sends a ring to the Shah. Imam who was listening to the speech immediately called his associated and asked them to tell radio to  remove those words from the speech that was going to be broadcasted. I realized later on that Imam Khomeini has ordered that part of speech to be censored on radio and I thought he would also question me.

Another story in this regard was when Ayatollha Taheri Khoraam Abadi was going to Pakistan. And the Shiite population there requested a representative on behalf of Imam Khomeini as their Marajaa. Imam Khomeini told him to let people themselves decide which Marjaa to follow and make donation to. Do not interfere with that issue and only focus on discussing the Islamic Revolution.

The late Imam [Ayatollah Khomeini’s] vigor along with his victory [in the revolution] would return some who would have otherwise wandered away. Before I became the Imam’s representative in [the] Hajj [institute], some of the officials there had told the clergymen of the caravans to answer people’s religious queries based on Imam [Khomeini’s] fatwas, when he heard of this, he was very disappointed and told them that this is not correct as people follow different grand Ayatollahs. Anyhow, the Imam completely respected the rights of the clergy and other grand Ayatollahs. But look at how the grand Ayatollahs are treated today and what has become of them and the religious seminaries. We know what role the Intelligence Ministry, the armed forces and some of the clergy are playing in this, and what they and some of these organizations have done. They gather in front of the houses [of some of the grand ayatollahs] in front of the Jame’e Modaressin’s [Society of the teachers of the Qom Islamic Seminary] office and trigger various events.

Are they following the example of the late Imam?  Has this been our fault or the groups who now have the government in their control?

Three issues were very important for the Imam, one of them was abiding by the law. In the Imam’s example of governance, he insisted on following the law except for very urgent matters for example matters that came up during the war.

I want to relate a very interesting story in this regard for the dear listeners and readers:
During the first parliament [after the revolution] we had to write the legal statutes for the Revolutionary Guards and Intelligence Ministry. It was stated that the head of the Intelligence Ministry must be a mojtahed [3] and it was passed in the parliament. Now, the Imam had heard about this and was against it, however he had thought that it will not be passed in the parliament [due to lack of votes], so he did not notify the parliament of his disapproval and that he though it is not appropriate to use the word “mojtahed” when dealing with issues of intelligence and security. I myself heard from Ayatollah Soltani Tabatabaei, the late Haj Ahmad Khomeini’s [Ayatollah Khomeini’s son] that he related that he was with the Imam when the parliament speaker visited him and he [the Imam] expressed his disappointment at the head of the intelligence being a mojtahed. The main issue I want to emphasize here is that the parliament speaker then said that we can take the law back and modify it if it displeases you, but the Imam replied that now that it has been passed and is part of the law, I will not interfere. We have many and many of these examples from the Imam.

Mr. Tabatabaei -may he rest in peace- said that after the parliament speaker left, I asked him why he was so disappointed about this, and the Imam replied: “In such an organization that deals with security and intelligence, they have a very professional approach and atmosphere, and the presence of a mojtahed there would even result in more problems”. And nowadays we are witnessing the kind of problems that this has caused.

Now I’m not going to emphasize on this, as this was the Imam’s manner and personal taste, and whoever does not agree with it is not against “velayat faqih”. What I want to say is that the Imam abided by the law and insisted on it being implemented. He also was, both according to his life example and his will, against the armed forces interfering in politics. He believed that they should defend the revolution, but not back any particular political group or party or interfere in elections.

Is this in the interest of the establishment? The armed forces, the Basij and Revolutionary
Guards, taking the fate of the elections into their armed hands? We know that this is happening and I’m clearly stating it without shying away. We see that representatives get into the parliament with their support. I don’t mean to say that there are no honorable MP’s with people’s real vote behind them, but some members have entered the parliament backed by the Basij and Revolutionary Guards and have violated the rights of other candidates by doing so. And today their strings are pulled by the same forces, and they make speeches given to them and do nothing but what they are ordered.

The Imam emphasized that military force should not interfere with politics. Today everyone claims they attack people because they are against the military and Basiji, unfortunately by doing so they tarnish the image of so many institutions.  I do not mean to sound disagreeable however, the truth is that their sense of morality has been destroyed in the eyes of the people. If not, then let’s ask the people openly what they really think of these institutions.  Are the Basiji today the same as the Basiji of the past? What about the Imam’s teachings to live a simple life and not abuse the country’s assets or use them to create problems for the ruling government?

I have briefly presented some of the Imam’s strong points of view and ask these gentlemen to respond to them. We were protectors. We sought to have free elections. We sought for justice to prevail. We fought to make sure that military force is not used in elections. We worked hard to preserve the spiritual authority of the Marjaas.  In response, they attacked the homes of the Marjaas. During Friday prayer, they verbally attacked a well known grand Ayatollah  who was  abroad. One gentleman came and verbally attacked another Marjaa for political reasons – he verbally attacked him when I had heard the grand Ayatollah  speak only fondly of this gentleman.  What I am trying to say is that the Imam tried hard to make sure everyone is included and that we all work towards the Imam’s ideals.  We are resilient. We will continue to speak our mind and we won’t pay attention to all this blabber. They need to answer to the people. There are many open questions. The Imam would be disheartened with today’s events. He was very sensitive to the handling of the country’s assets. What would his response be if he knew the extent to which these assets are being destroyed?

The Imam was a leader who paid attention to the lives of our people.  He was kind and compassionate. He believed in their rights.  He was against willfulness and never allowed one person to infringe upon the privacy of another.   If I had more time, I would tell you more about the way the Imam dealt with willfulness, even when it came to those close to him.

Peace to all,

Mehdi Karroubi

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هشت حزب اصلاح‌طلب درخواست صدور مجوز راهپیمایی کردند / Eight reformist groups sent letter of request for permit to hold rally

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Following the formal letter of request by Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi addressed to the Governor of Tehran for permit to hold rally on the anniversary of the tenth disputed presidential election (June 12th), eight reformist parties and organizations in a separate letter of request asked for permit to hold rally on the anniversary of the presidential election.

In a joint letter that was signed by The Assembly of Former Members of the Parliament, The Mojahedin of Islamic Revolution Organization, The Islamic Association of Medical Society of Iran, The Association of Women Journalists, The Assembly of Alumni of Islamic Iran, The Islamic Iran Participation Front, The National Will Party and The Assembly of Followers of Imam, these eight reformist parties and groups according to the Article 27 of the constitution* formally asked for permit to hold rally on the anniversary of tenth presidential election on June 12th from Imam Hossein Square to Azadi Square in Tehran at 4:00PM local time.

A copy of this letter was sent to the Governor of Tehran but the authorities in the office of the governor refused to accept the letter saying that they can only give permits for rallies that are held in close spaces and this is out of their jurisdiction but the Interior Ministry has received a copy of this letter.

* Article 27 of Islamic Republic’s constitution [Freedom of Assembly] : Public gatherings and marches may be freely held, provided arms are not carried and that they are not detrimental to the fundamental principles of Islam.

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Assembly of Qom Seminary Scholars and Researchers list solutions to crisis

RadioZamaneh – The Society of Qom Seminary Teachers and Researchers list a number of solutions for leading the Islamic Republic out if its “crisis” with election protesters.

A return to the provisions of the Constitution, release of political prisoners and identification and prosecution of perpetrators of murders are the top solutions mentioned by the reformist organization.

They also call for freedom of the press and free elections in order ‘to return the Revolution and the objectives of the Imam (founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Khomeini) to its original path.”

Reformists and government opposition claim that “widespread fraud” in the presidential elections of 2009 has derailed the Islamic Republic from its original path.

In the past year, the top opposition leaders, MirHosein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi have repeatedly said that the “deviations” of the system need to be rectified.

Islamic Republic hardliners headed by Ayatollah Khamenei and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad have condemned the opposition leaders and described their claims of election fraud as “seditious.”

The Society of Qom Seminary Teachers and Researchers, a religious organization that supports the reform movement, has condemned the government’s violent reaction toward peaceful election protesters in the past year.

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Two of the most well-known and influential  members are  Ayatollah Mousavi Tabrizi and Ayatollah Asadollah Bayat-Zanjani.  The official website for the Assembly is here…

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راهپیمایی ۲۲خرداد با درخواست موسوی و کروبی /Opposition leaders in Iran officially request permit for June 12 rally

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Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi met with each other this morning and discussed the important issues of the day.  In this meeting, Mousavi and Karroubi by signed a joint letter addressed to the Governor of Tehran, and according to  *(Article 27 of the constitution, asked for a permit to hold a rally on June 12th, the anniversary of the tenth presidential election.   Mousavi Facebook

 

 

The full text of this joint letter is as follows:

Date: 1389/3/10 (May 31, 2010)

In the name of God

Dear Mr. Tamaddon, the honourable governor of Tehran

With greeting and respect,

Due to the rare and prideful attendance of the great nation of Iran, the tenth presidential election of Iran turned into another glorious event in Iran’s political history and now we are approaching the anniversary of this historic event that because of the serious doubts about its announced results caused some bitter events in the country.

Therefore, we hereby according to Article 27 of the constitution* and the citizens’ rights request to have permit for a peaceful rally on 1389/3/22 (June 12, 2010) from Imam Hossein Square to Azadi Square.

God willing, with the issue of permit for this rally, we will witness glorious presence of knowledgeable, spiritual and revolutionary groups to defend the virtue of the ideas of the Islamic Republic’s divine establishment.

Mehdi Karroubi / Mir Hossein Mousavi
* Article 27 of Islamic Republic’s constitution [Freedom of Assembly] : Public gatherings and marches may be freely held, provided arms are not carried and that they are not detrimental to the fundamental principles of Islam.  To review the Constitution: English   /   پارسى

 

Video clip of today’s meeting

Copy of the letter requesting permit for June 12, 2010

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Opposition steps up calls for protests in Iran’s capital

Iranfocus – Tehran, May 30 – For the third week running, activists in Tehran wrote political graffiti on walls and distributed leaflets in different districts in the capital ahead of the planned anti-government protests in June which the opposition has called for.
 
Their activities have prompted authorities to finally acknowledge the campaign. The state-run Javan Online, affiliated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), wrote: “In the past few days, supporters of the leaders of the opposition distributed leaflets, inciting chaos and anarchy on 12 June”.
 
Javan added: “In the past few days, leaflets and statements have been distributed in the suburbs of the capital, including Pardis township, urging the public to join the 12 June anti-government protests, wreak havoc and destroy public property.”
 
On Saturday, activities wrote graffiti on the gates of Razi Park in Shoush Street. One of the slogans read: “June is the month of fighting, (Supreme Leader Ali) Khamenei is shivering.” 
 
They also distributed anti-government leaflets on the northern edge of Shoush Street in Khani-Abad district. One of the leaflets said, “Mothers, fathers, young men and women, come to the streets of Tehran on 10-20 June to free Iran. We can and we must topple this regime”
 
Large numbers of residents chanted “Death to Khamenei” and “Allah-o Akbar” (God is great) from rooftops Thursday night in Navvab, Tehran-no, Shahbaz, and Imam Hossein districts.
 
On Friday, activists distributed hundreds of anti-government leaflets in Doroudian, Hamedani, Arbabi, Ashtiani, Asgari, and Razi streets in south Tehran’s Chaharsad Dastgah and west Tehran’s Shahran districts.  The leaflets read: “Khamenei will be toppled in June. We invite you to come out onto the streets from 10-20 June”.
 
Iran’s main opposition has called for ten days of nationwide protests beginning 10 June.

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موسوی: کشور با آزادی وعدالت اداره می شود نه با زندان اوین /Mousavi: Country is run by freedom and justice not by imprisonment

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Mir Hossein Mousavi met with a group of political prisoners who were detained during Shah’s regime, whom according to Mousavi fought in an atmosphere where there was no clear overlook of future and the only thing was the sense of pure duty of the individuals, an atmosphere where all efforts were made with the desire for achieving the principles, rule of Islam and a healthy society. Mousavi in this meeting said: “The beginning of the revolution started with the same atmosphere.”

If the general frameworks were preserved, Iran would have moved in a good direction

Mousavi while noting the problems of the early days of the revolution said: “No system is without problems” but also added: “If the general frameworks were preserved, Our Iran would have moved in a good direction.”

Mousavi by referring to the anniversary of the passing of Imam Khomeini and recalling the unique and historic funeral of Imam Khomeini in which millions of people participated, called this great participation a sign of the support of the nation for the revolution and what have had happened in the first decade of the revolution and said: “ Without trying to ignore some of the problems, but this [great participation] was a sign that many of the principles were achieved [at that time].”

We knew the front lines as a sign of our rightfulness

We cannot answer to the younger generation because we were derailed from the path

Mousavi said: “Always different governments give a series of indices as the indicators of their success, such as GDP, wealth prisuctivity or in case of non-material aspects such as education, human dignity and etc. which their significant is meaningful and can be discusses individually. At the beginning of the [Iran-Iraq] war the massive number of pure and loyal individuals whom the revolution gave to us, was the index and sign of the rightfulness of our system. We have always known the front lines as the sign of our rightfulness and also as a sign that the system have had been successful in achieving its principles. But unfortunately there has been gradual deviation and in the recent years we have also found some main problems such that today we cannot answer to the younger generation, and even when we explain to them that what were the goals of the early days of the revolution and after the revolution what changes happened in the country, yet we cannot convince them; and its only reason is because we were derailed from the path.”

Compare the unprecedented events of this year’s Book Fair with …

Mousavi in describing the before revolution atmosphere in comparison to after revolution by citing an example said: “Before revolution there was no freedom. The topics of printed and main books were very limited and [books] were circulated in an underground network. But after the revolution there were Book Fairs to show that this system does not believe in limiting thoughts and indeed a cultural revolution was formed. But even in this one case compare what we wanted to the unprecedented events of this year’s Book Fair in which even the books and writing of some of the Marjas (senior religious figures) were also banned. They eliminated the booth displaying Martyr Ayatollah Beheshti’s books, who himself was one of the founders of this revolution and as usual there have been restrictions on books on literature and social sciences. These are only small signs of the divergiance from the principles of the revolution.”

System is moving toward monologue

Monologue leads to tyranny and dictatorship

Monologue is the most important factor inhibiting the development

Mousavi while warning about the continuation of this trend said: “The system is moving toward monologue so that it does not tolerate any other view. Monologue by itself leads to tyranny and dictatorship and there is no one that does not know that in addition to tyranny and dictatorship the most important factor inhibiting the development.”

Policies that targeted the transparency and free flow of information

Mir Hossein Mousavi emphasized: “What we are witnessing now is the policies that targeted the transparency and free flow of information and it is not surprising that in our country the issues of corruptions, lies and dictatorship is expanding, because if there are no free thoughts then in a monologue environment these issues are natural.”

Green Movement is for freedom and justice

There was a time that we wished for celebrating the day Evin prison would be shutdown but…

Mousavi in another section of his remarks discussed the relation between the Green Movement and the principles of the revolution and said: “Green is for freedom and justice. Justice for the people who participated in the revolution and this country with all its diversified ethnicities, cultures and languages belongs to them and justice in social, political and economical aspects is part of their rights, as well as freedom which has been one of our principles and if does not exist people’s rights will be violated. There was a time that we wished the prisons would be empty and we celebrate the day Evin prison would be shutdown, but now there are new constructions in Evin to make more cells in order to imprison more human and this is another sign of corruption and divergence which will no result.”

We did not want a government empty of content

Is it possible to defend such a system in the world?

Mousavi noted: “We did not want just to form a government and define a framework in the name of Islam but empty of content that has no sign of the principles and dreams that were emerged from our religion and beliefs. If a system is to stay but by filling the prisons or by beating and arresting students, Muslim workers and teachers, artists, filmmakers and journalists, can one defend such a system in the world?”

Movement that emerged from the true needs of a nation

Green Movement is a four season movement

Mousavi stressed that seeking freedom and justice is a serious demand in this atmosphere and said: “Green movement is an ongoing process which will not stop by arrests, threats and imprisonments or even by killings; because it contains the demands that have emerged from the true and human needs of our nation. This movement is a four season movement. It revitalizes and appears in different forms. It is so that it would be insignificant in a period or depends on a specific individual but rather it has emerged from the human demands of our nation and it is in continuation of the long-time struggles of our nation to achieve freedom and justice.”

The goals of the Green Movement are simple and clear

We don’t expect them to act fair, either in state-run TV and radio or…

Mousavi called the goals and mottos of the Green Movement, simple and clear and said: “when we say the constitution the issue is clear; when we say there must be no corruption and lies and there must be justice, the issue is clear. For sure promoting awareness is the greatest tool of the Green Movement. We don’t want to fight with anyone. We just are defending our rights and our tool is to spread awareness among the people and we are not blocking anyone’s path. They can propagate against us that we are not telling the truth. We don’t expect them to act fair, either in their state-run TV and radio or in their other media.”

“No Lies” was the serious demand of all the people

Mousavi by recalling the slogan of “No Lies” chanted by the people on the eve of the Election Day said: “During the election campaigns one of the most important and most effective posters that was made, was the poster that had “No Lies” sign on it. I saw it for the first time in Tehran and within 24 hours I saw it in one of the most remote areas of the country because it was the tangible and serious demand of the people.”

They cannot tolerate to see even one normal weblog free

Awareness is the Achilles Heel of the government

Mir Hossein Mousavi once again talked about the issue of awareness and the necessity of spreading awareness and emphasized: “The fact that they cannot tolerate to see even one normal weblog free and today even in cyber space there is not even one media in our hand that could be safe from filtering, all are signs that awareness is the Achille’s Heel of the government and it’s source of weakness. Therefore anyone in any place who feels responsible should make efforts based on his/her capability to spread political and social awareness even if it would be by saying a minor point in a gathering.”

Where are the focal points of spreading awareness?

Mir Hossein Mousavi outlined the focal points for spreading awareness and said: “We should spread awareness from family environments to the gatherings of friends and relatives and among the different classes and provinces. The Green Movement does not have a complex goal; we don’t want corruption and lies; we want respect for the people; we want to have a proper judiciary system that would not be oppressive. It must not be such that they force someone to confession then based on that confession execute him/her or beat the prisoners or release the prisoners and after a couple of weeks contact him/her and ask them to give forced interviews [and say as dictated in it] or if not agreed call them back to prison! It would be sufficient just to explain these issues to the people.”

How unfamiliar are those who have created these extensive prisons to the truth

Mousavi added: “I always say that how unfamiliar are those who have created these extensive prisons to the truth. How many times during the month of Ramathan and our national and religious celebrations there was the opportunity to return freely to the principles despite the past. This would have automatically made people optimistic. Even now if they say that free and competitive election will be held and there will not be cheating, you’ll see that people will breathe a sigh of relief.

Kahrizak prison was a national issue; tell it in front of the people so that it does not get repeated.

He emphasized: “A regime that cannot investigate the attack on university students’ dormitory with bravery and explain to people that what really happened and also cannot deal with those who cheated, is a weak regime. The strength of a regime is in its ability to explain problems. Regarding Kahrizak they claim to have sentenced three persons. Kahrizak is a national issue and for this reason all discussions about Kahrizak must be in front of people’s eyes so that it will not be repeated and people also be convinced that justice was served. Even this vague result that they (the authorities) announced and three people were sentenced must be explained that who these three people are and how they relate to those whose names were announced in the parliament [for being responsible for the crimes of Kahrizak] (reference to Mortazavi who was declared by the parliamentary committee responsible for the death of political prisoners at Kahrizak prison); the parliament that we know how restraint its reports are.”

We hope that the false path turns into the right path

Mousavi said: “We all hope that this false path turn into the right path. [Should this happen] people will be satisfied no matter who does it or in what circumstances. People have fought and have suffered to achieve freedom and justice and to not be under tyranny and dictatorship; to have posts and statures rotate so that everybody in any position remains responsible to the people. “

Did arrests manage to save Shah’s regime?

Mir Hossein Mousavi addressed the political prisoners from before the revolution and added: “These attacks and arrests don’t solve the issue. Didn’t Shah’s regime fall despite putting you in jail? The regime fell and I remember the result of those arrests but the question is whether those arrests saved Shah’s regime? The status of media and the flow of free information and news around the globe is very different from the era that you were imprisoned. First thing in the morning with reviewing a few websites, one can get all the news. Before, announcements were spread hand to hand with all kinds of difficulties and sometimes with dangers and at the end they would have reached only a few. Satellites and the international media and the communications are all very important [today].”

The country should be governed with freedom and justice, not with Evin prison

Mousavi emphasized: “Some think that by creating an atmosphere of fear and terror can manage the affairs but [the truth is that] the country must be governed should be governed with freedom and justice, not with Evin prison.”

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بیانیه مجمع روحانیون مبارز در بزرگداشت مناسبت های ماه خرداد /The Assembly of Combatant Clerics issues statement for the anniversary of the birth of the Green movement

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On approaching the anniversary of the Green movement’s birth, the Assembly of Combatant Clerics (reformist) issued a statement.

In its statement, the Assembly reminds of the historical importance of the month of Khordad from the beginning of Imam Khomeini’s movement against dictatorship to his passing and then yo the birth of the reform movement by the election of Mohammad Khatami and his re-election four years later, which all happened in the month of Khordad.

 The Assembly continues, that the great participation of people in last year’s presidential election could have paved the country’s path to a better future, but unfortunately the people’s enthusiasm was responded to unfairly by the regime and also the people’s protests in the most civilized and peaceful manner on Khordad 25th was brutally confronted by the government and instead of showing respect for the people and acknowledging their objections, the government called them rioters and created a heavy security environment, made arrests, and put pressure on people.

The statement continues that after a year many are in prisons with heavy and unfair sentences.  The Assembly of Combatant Clerics hopes that the situation changes as soon as possible and the freedoms asserted in the constitution be reinstated and some specific organizations stop their extensive interventions in politics, economy and culture. The Association also hopes that the plans and behaviours that are against the country’s national interests, especially in the international scene will be stopped.  

In the end, the Assembly reiterates that the solution to get out of the current crisis is to free all political prisoners and hold free elections.

Some of the leading members of the Assembly include;  Former President Mohammad Khatami, Mohammad Ali Abtahi, Mohammad Mousavi Khoeini, and the brother of the Supreme Leader, Hadi Khamenei.

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بیانیه جبهه مشارکت ایران اسلامی: خرداد ماه احقاق حقوق ملت است /The reformist Islamic Iran Participation Front issues statement regarding the events of last year’s month of Khordad

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The Islamic Iran Participation Front (reformist) issued a statement regarding the events of last year’s month of Khordaad (June).  In this statement, the Participation Front says that the reform movement was established based on  necessities such as freedom of elections and the fact that people’s votes must be the determining factor in making the decision and in other words the reform movement was after the basic ideas of the revolution in the new time. 

The Participation Front adds that the reform movement was an attempt to fix the behaviours arising from the narcissism, despotism and fundamentalism that had shaped.  The Participation Front continues that the Green movement was a continuation of this attempt and people with the hope of continuing the reform path came to polling stations with all their might and created a great showdown, which was too bitter for the ruling authoritarian power and therefore led to its confrontations with the people. 

The Participation Front condemns the government’s attacks on people’s freedom, security and dignity in the name of religion and by using all the government’s official and unofficial power and denounces its accusations against people, scholars, artists and politicians who took part in the peaceful demonstration of millions of protestors on last years Khordad 25 (June 15).

 At the end of its statement the Participation Front warns that the country’s assets are being wasted and that the country is in crisis in every aspect; and the only way out of this crisis is to completely execute the constitution and for the government to recognize people’s demands for reviving their rights, free gatherings, parties, press and elections.

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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.

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