Opposition leaders criticize executions
Published in German daily “Frankfurter Rundschau” on January 30 2010
Source (German) http://www.fr-online.de/in_und_ausland/politik/aktuell/2251378_Oppositionsfuehrer-kritisieren-Hinrichtungen.html
Moussavi and Karroubi called on the population to nevertheless join the rallies “en masse”. Apart from that, the current situation of those in detention should be reviewed in accordance with the law.
The opposition in Iran is not allowed to stage demonstrations. Therefore, dissidents join the official rallies in order to continue their public protests. Since after the disputed re-election of president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in June last year, dissidents have been taking to the streets many times, the most recent protest happened on the religious Shia festival of Ashura in the end of December.
The two men who were executed on Thursday were the first supporters of the opposition to be executed after the anti-government protests in Iran began. The had been sentenced to death on charges of being “enemies of God”. (afp)