Skip to comments.Iranian opposition defies warning, calls for rally
Posted on 02/13/2011 9:53:57 AM PST by NormsRevenge
TEHRAN, Iran Iran's opposition on Sunday renewed its call for a rally in support of protesters in Tunisia and Egypt despite a government warning of repercussions if demonstrations take place, a reformist website reported.
In a statement published on Kaleme.com, the opposition urged its supporters to rally on Monday in central Tehran and accused the government of hypocrisy by voicing support for the Egyptian and Tunisian uprisings while refusing to allow Iranian political activists to stage a peaceful demonstration.
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Go Get 'EM, Iranian Reformers!!
Iran pressures opposition ahead of planned rally
TEHRAN (Reuters) Iranian authorities have stepped up pressure on pro-democracy movement supporters to prevent a revival of anti-government protests, opposition websites said on Sunday after the arrest of 18 activists before a planned rally.
State authorities refused permission requested by opposition leaders Mirhossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi to stage a rally on February 14 in solidarity with the people of Egypt and Tunisia who toppled their presidents in popular uprisings.
Probably go golfing.
Iranian supporters of defeated presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi demonstrate in Tehran in June 2009. Iran's Revolutionary Guards have warned opposition leaders not to stage a rally after the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution. (AFP/Behrouz Mehri)
EDITORS' NOTE: Reuters and other foreign media are subject to Iranian restrictions on their ability to film or take pictures in Tehran. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad waves and speaks during a rally to mark the 32nd anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in Tehran February 11, 2011. Hundreds of thousands turned out on Friday to mark the 32nd anniversary of Iran's Islamic Revolution in a rally the clerical establishment billed as a chance to show solidarity with "Islamic" protesters in Egypt. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi
Iranians wear t-shirts with a portrait of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during a rally on Tehran's Azadi Square. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said a new Middle East is being created which will be free of the United States and Israel, as he backed uprisings rocking the Arab world and warned Egyptians to beware of America. (AFP/Atta Kenare)
The last time that I saw the Shahyad Monument, it was covered with grafitti from the revolution.
Just wait for the deafening silence from the White House.
Don’t think it will be silence.
I fully expect Obama and his administration to crap on the rally.
It will be a call for ‘calm’ or ‘moderation’ from the protesters or some such double-speak.
This is a defining moment for Obama, and the Iranian protesters know it. Will Obama stand with the Iranian reformers or the Muslim theocratic thugs?
Inquiring minds would like to know.
Obama has a second chance to effect regime change in Iran. If a new uprising happens he could take advantage of his celebrity status in Europe and the UN and call on all countries to declare the Iranian government “illegitimate and void” based on rigged elections and suppression of human rights. Such a declaration by enough nations could pave the way to freezing Iranian assets around the world, a military coalition with air and naval blockades, and material aid to the opposition.
That’s right. Nothin better than gettin the reformers a little juice. You boys take care you don’t get killed, and keep at it.
How do you say “Tea Party” in Farsi?
ODUMBI the coward, will jump all over the Egyptian revolution because there is no risk for him, but he will keep his big lips shut when it comes to Iranian revolution ‘cause the fears the mullahs will cut his head off.
They put Obama to the test.
>such a declaration by enough nations could pave the way to freezing Iranian assets around the world, a military coalition with air and naval blockades, and material aid to the opposition.
Dream on - as if Russia & China would allow one part of that.
Even better, will Obama send Bill Ayers, Bernadette Dorn, Code Pink, Acorn International, and a full staff of GOOGLE computer hacks on leave from GOOGLE Dubai to help the reformers set up their revolutionary comm systems, as he did in Cairo with shekels from Code Pink and Soros???
I wish we had a president who wold taunt Iran, saying “if Ahmedinijad allowed what they did in Egypt, the Iranian people would string him up like Mussolini. He’s a coward and a tyrant and his days are numbered”. Instead we have a pantywaist fool.
Obama is blowing ( yet again) the bright trumpet of freedom for all oppressed chil'ens in states ruled by dictators!
The question is, will Obamy say that he stands with the people, or punt like last time.
He's playing both sides. He can say he's supporting the protesters, knowing full well that the Iranian government can easily control access to those web pages.
Beautiful. Tagline material. Too bad it looks like gibberish in HTML.
Le Parti du The’.
Ne marchez pas sur moi!
[Dream on - as if Russia & China would allow one part of that.]
Yeah, like they didn’t allow two wars against Iraq.
Yeah, like they didnt allow two wars against Iraq.
They didnt agree to that either - It wasn’t a diplomatic meeting of the world leaders such as that which you speak of here. - we just went and kicked ass.
In fact basically the whole world didn’t have any say & was against us, but you think they will all come together on a sanctions war that Russia & China will not agree to and that they can bypass with ease? LOL
Do you have any idea how much that war bolstered the influence of Russia & China in Iran?
Iran is armed with major weaps from those two countries, even silkworm missiles & Russian AA defenses.
How will you feel when they get their nuclear weapons?
The second Gulf War included a coalition of 41 countries though the U.S. carried most of the load with many coalition members acting in humanitarian roles. Russia and China were primary suppliers of arms to Saddam. Since his removal the U.S. has mostly filled that void though the Iraqis may buy some fighter planes from China.
After the rise of the theocracy in Iran and the end of U.S. relations Iran was stuck with a military equipped mostly with U.S. weapons. The Iran-Iraq war accelerated the deterioration of these weapons and Iran had to rely on third parties for replacements and spare parts. They had little choice in turning to the Soviets and Chinese.
You just made my point. Thank you