I hope you are all well. My breaking news today is a sad one:
Mousavi and Karrubi Taken to an Unknown Location
The two candidates who objected to the results of Iran’s 2009 general elections, and thereafter emerged as leaders of the opposition movement known as the Green Movement, have now disappeared from their homes (where they were kept under house arrest for almost two weeks). The arrest has now been reported internationally, is confirmed in Mr. Mousavi’s official site, and the BBC site.
It all started with the February 14 protests in support of the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia. The Iranian government which had celebrated the “death” of the Green movement was socked with images such as these:
Thursday, February 24, Tehran was flooded with additional security forces and the Iranian Minister of Intelligence appeared on the state-run TV to give an interview in which he tried to down play the threat of the opposition and at the same time establish certain “secret” links between the Greens and foreign/ hostile sources (i.e. the CIA). He failed in both. However, that evening is the likely time at which Mousavi and Karrubi were taken from their homes under the cover of the night.
Religious Figures Object
From the start of the house arrest, supporters of the Green Movement have tried to get various personalities, including major Ayatollahs, in Iran, and Human Right’s organizations outside the country, voice their opinion about the house arrest (now changed into imprisonment) of Mousavi, Karrubi and their wives Zahara Rahnavard and Fatemeh Karrubi. Some, i.e. Ayatollah Vahid Khorasani, have spoken critically – but cautiously – of the government’s widespread arrests and imprisonments. Others, such as Ayatollahs Dastghayb (below), Bart Zanjani, and Yousef Sanei have condemned the move directly and unequivocally.
Shiraz University Protests Continue
Shiraz University students continued to hold protests all last week despite the psychological war the media is playing against them. Their class mate, Hamed Nour Mohammadi died during the February 20 demonstrations. While eye witness students have seen Hamed’s injured body being thrown over a bridge (after being shot), the government claims he died in a car accident. Hamed’s father was interviewed on the state-run television supporting the official scenario. The students declared a week of morning for their friend
Tomorrow, March 1st, another Day of Protest
While the Iranian government will no doubt flood the streets of all big cities with the army, the police and the revolutionary guards. The Green Movement’s youth group The Green Way of Hope has already called on supporters to come out tomorrow at 5 pm in support of their incarcerated leaders.
Let us hope, it will go peacefully and successfully.