Opposition leaders criticize executions

2010/01/30

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

Mehdi Karroubi and Mir Hossein Moussavi. Photo: AFP

Tehran. In Iran, opposition leaders Mir Hossein Moussavi and Mehdi Karroubi harshly criticized the first executions of two opposition supporters after the protests started last summer. With the executions, the state intends to create an “atmosphere of fear” in order to prevent the people from participating at the rallies on February 11 in commemoration of the anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, it said on Karroubi’s website “Saham News”.

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)

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One Response to “Opposition leaders criticize executions”

  1. Azar Says:

    Those who stand by to watch in silence are as guilty as those who murder the Innocent people of Iran.
    Fore Mousavi, Karoubi, Rafsanjani and khatami is not possible to stop these killing or object them strongly because they each have shed blood of many Iranians.
    We shall not forget those who imposed this regime on us and helped them to this day. We through a wish in to the universe to give them what they gave us and believing that our wish will be grunted.


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