Mousavi: Islamic Revolution in Iran has failed to eradicate the “roots of tyranny and dictatorship”

2 02 2010

Translation from the Facebook page supporting Mir Hossein Mousavi.

Farsi version

Mir Hossein Mousavi has said he will continue his struggle against the government. In a statement posted on Kaleme website, Mousavi said the 1979 Islamic Revolution had failed to achieve most of its goals. He said politically motivated arrests of protesters were illegal and that the constitution should be changed to secure people’s rights. His comments constitute one of his strongest challenges to the government.

They also come at a particularly sensitive time. Iran will mark the 31st anniversary of the founding of the Islamic Republic on 11 February. The anniversary is one of the most important dates in Iran’s political calendar. Mr Mousavi and his reformist ally Mehdi Karroubi have called on their supporters to attend rallies on the day of the anniversary.But hardliners, including the country’s Supreme Leader, have warned that anti-government protests will not be tolerated. Tensions in Iran are still high after bloody demonstrations during the Shia ritual of Ashura in December 2009 when eight protestors were killed and officials said over 1,000 were arrested.Mousavi’s nephew Seyed Ali Mousavi was among those killed. The Bloody Ashura clashes were the worst episode of violence since the aftermath of last June’s disputed presidential election and subsequent government crackdown. Iran has hanged two people last week who were arrested during the post-election unrest that erupted after the vote that returned President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to power. Death sentences for nine others are at the appeal stage.

“The green movement will not abandon its peaceful fight… until people’s rights are preserved,” Mousavi told Kalemeh website. “Peaceful protests are Iranians’ right.

Mousavi also said that the Islamic Revolution in Iran has failed to eradicate the “roots of tyranny and dictatorship” that, he says, marked the Shah’s era.

He said he no longer believed, as he once did, “that the revolution had removed all those structures which could lead to totalitarianism and dictatorship“.

Today, one can identify both elements and foundations which produce dictatorship as well as resistance against returning to this dictatorship,” he said.

Stifling the media, filling the prisons and brutally killing people who peacefully demand their rights in the streets indicate the roots of tyranny and dictatorship remain from the monarchist era… I don’t believe that the revolution achieved its goals,” Mousavi added.

Last month Mr Mousavi said that he was not afraid to die for the cause of reform.

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