Skip to comments.U.S. EU fear fresh government crackdown in Iran
Posted on 02/09/2010 12:25:39 AM PST by BIOCHEMKY
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and the European Union said on Monday they feared the Iranian government may crack down on opponents during this week's anniversary of Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution.
Washington and the EU issued a rare joint statement on Iran, warning the country's leaders to live up to their international human rights obligations.
"We are particularly concerned by the potential for further violence and repression during the coming days, especially around the anniversary of the Islamic Republic's founding on 11 February," they said.
The Iranian opposition is expected to revive anti-government protests around the anniversary, raising the prospect of new clashes with the security forces.
Opposition supporters and security forces have clashed repeatedly since President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won disputed elections in June. Many protesters have been rounded up and put on trial.
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Iran threatens West with anniversary 'punch' The Sydney Morning Herald AFP Feb. 9, 2010
"Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says Iran is set to deliver a "punch" that will stun world powers during this week's 31st anniversary of the Islamic revolution."
"The Iranian nation, with its unity and God's grace, will punch the arrogance (of Western powers) on the 22nd of Bahman (February 11) in a way that will leave them stunned," Khamenei, who is also Iran's commander-in-chief, told a gathering of air force personnel on Monday."
"The country's [Iran's] top cleric was marking the occasion when Iran's air force gave its support to revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, a key event which led to the toppling of the US-backed shah on February 11, 1979."
His comments came as Iran said it would begin to produce higher enriched uranium from Tuesday, in defiance of Western powers trying to ensure the country's nuclear drive was peaceful.
This year's anniversary is expected to become a flashpoint between security forces and supporters of opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, who charge that the June re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was rigged.
Opposition supporters are expected to stage anti-government protests on Thursday, when the traditional regime-sponsored marches to mark the revolution take place across the country.
Mousavi renewed his call for demonstrations on the February 11 anniversary.
Just over a week ago, he and Karroubi had implicitly called for a gathering of their supporters.
"The 22nd of Bahman is upon us; truly it should be called the day of gathering," Mousavi said on his Kaleme.org website on Monday.
"I feel we have to participate while maintaining the collective spirit as well as our identity and leave an impression," Mousavi said. "Anger and bitterness should not take our control away.
"The clerics should know that since imprisonment, beatings, and other confrontational methods are done in the name of Islam and the Islamic regime, it is hurting Islam and we all should try to stop."
Anti-government protests were first triggered after the June 12 presidential election won by Ahmadinejad.
Over the past eight months, several thousand people were arrested. Some were released and others were given hefty prison terms, among them politicians, journalists and human rights activists.
Two protesters were tried, convicted and hanged in the aftermath of the election.
Feb. 11, 2010 (22nd of Bahman) is the 31st aniversary of the Iranian Revolution, the day on which the U.S. backed shah of Iran was toppled. Both Ahmadinejad and the Ayatollah in Iran have promised to "punch the arrogance of Western powers" in a way that "will leave them stunned."
Two weeks later on Feb. 26, 2010 is the high muslim holiday of Mawlid Nabi or Milad un Nabi which is the birthday of the sacred Prophet Mohammed as observed by sunni muslims.
One week later, on March 3, 2010, is the high muslim holiday of Mawlid Nabi or Milad un Nabi which is the birthday of the sacred Prophet Mohammed as observed by Shia muslims.
When the U.S. homeland was attacked on Sept. 11, 2001, the high muslim holiday honoring Fatima Alzahra (al-Zahra), the daughter of Mohammad, occurred three days before the attck on Sept. 8, 2001. Additionally, five muslim Imams were honored on different dates that followed Sept. 11th in rapid succession beginning as little as one week and as much as 19 days after the attack.
The Opening Ceremonies at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, B.C. kick off at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 12th.
Obama has just bowed out of attending the Opening Ceremonies at the Olympic Games "much to the great relief of Canadian Olympic Security personnel."
More than 40 world leaders and dignitaries are still expected to attend the Opening Ceremonies which are scheduled to take place inside for the first time ever.
Obama has deployed a missile shield to protect American allies in the Gulf from attack by Tehran and is keeping two ships in the Gulf that are capable of shooting doen Iranian missiles. The four oil rich allies being protected by the U.S. provided missile shield are Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Kuwait.
My questions to you are:
Do you think the Olympic Games are a likely terrorist target this year?
Do you think the build up of military hardware and missile defense systems in the Gulf could be a diversion?
Do you make anything significant out of Obama pulling out of attending the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympic games on such short notice?
What kind of a terror attack do you think the Ayatollah and Ahmadinejad (and perhaps the Iranian Air Force) have in mind for the "Western Powers"?
Here’s a small blurb with a little more detail on the missile defenses being put in place in the Gulf. In it, there is also mention that the U.S. is “helping Saudi Arabia develop a force to protect its oil installations.” (see below)
“Will Iran Explode On February 11th Anniversary?”
Obama is deploying a missile shield in the Gulf. Meanwhile, Iran is saying it will deliver a “telling blow” to the global powers on Feb 11.
Tension between the US and Iran heightened dramatically today with the disclosure that Barack Obama is deploying a missile shield to protect American allies in the Gulf from attack by Tehran.
The US is dispatching Patriot defensive missiles to four countries Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Kuwait and keeping two ships in the Gulf capable of shooting down Iranian missiles. Washington is also helping Saudi Arabia develop a force to protect its oil installations.
February 11th has some current and past significance.
Seen from inside Iran, the threatened deployment of anti-missile defences can only be bad news. The two defeated candidates, Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, called on Saturday for a mass protest on 11 February, the anniversary of the Islamic revolution, despite the hanging of two dissidents last week and warnings from the Revolutionary Guard that the protest would be crushed.