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July 14th Bazar strike

Posted in Uncategorized by iranallday on July 14, 2010

Mousavi’s 18th Statement (The Green Charter)

Posted in Uncategorized by iranallday on June 16, 2010
Mir Hossein Mousavi's Statment #18 (The Green Charter)

In the name of God, the Compassionate and the Merciful,

We are still standing tall and proud on the first anniversary of the tenth presidential elections despite our whipped body, which endures bruises and imprisonments. Our demands are the same: freedom, social justice and the formation of [legitimate] national governance. We are confident of victory, hoping for the will and support of God, because we have not demanded anything other than restoration of our national rights.
“All [foam on the surface of water] will move to the sidelines and perish. What remains on earth will be to the people’s benefit.”
[1]

The lies, irregularities, and fraud committed during the election prompted a question: “Where is my vote?” You great people shouted this question clearly and unambiguously in a non-violent manner during the historic and extraordinary rally of June 15. Everyone heard your voice and saw your message both nationally and internationally, except for those who were blinded by ignorance, superstition, self-interest and lies. But what was the response? Stigmatization and accusations of treason, militarization, killing, imprisonments, the chaining of prisoners, and attacks on university campuses.

Doubtless, the people will never forget the atrocities [committed in] Kahrizak [prison]. [Nor will they forget] the killing of June 15 and June 20. Nor will they forget the murders of Ashura. Indeed, they must never forget lest they betray the blood of the innocents and the martyrs. How can we ever forget something like live rounds aimed at the people, and police cars running them over?

However, stains of blood and scars of torment tore apart the deceitful cover-ups of totalitarians. [The people] saw through institutionalized corruption and beyond the hypocritical ‘holy’ veil. What happened [at that time], and the way that different classes of people were treated by the government, revealed where the problems are rooted as well as the people who are affected [by them]: laborers, teachers, students, journalists, professors, clergymen, entrepreneurs, women, men, the youth, the aged and all social activists including the oppressed, the poor and the middle class.

Today our country experiences the greatest number of executions per population on the whole planet. This is not because our country has the greatest number of sinners. This is because justice, management and good governance have disappeared from our land. The fact that even the most urgent and daily necessities of governing a country have not obliged the totalitarian government to stop spreading lies, corruption and superstition (as well as the fact that they have not stopped undermining the Constitution and other regulations) tells us of the abyss of corruption within the layers of the establishment. It is as if there is a strong structure that protects certain special interests funded by hundreds of billions of dollars of oil money and money from 70 billion dollars worth of imports. [It is a structure that protects] unmonitored and unsupervised control over monetary and financial institutions.

Today, tax-payer’s money is prone to pillage by holy-looking thieves. The nation is still waiting to be introduced to and put on trial those who committed various instances of financial fraud. Whatever happened to that great investigation that began in Parliament and was suddenly concluded with a deal?

Who dares to open investigations into the centers of power regarding the great ‘privatizations’ based on Article 44 of the Constitution to expose this great monopolization of our economy? Who has the courage to speak up against this crisis, characterized by the lack of financial supervision over the military, intelligence, and quasi-official institutions that have a tight hold across [our] economy? Yet, the question still lingers in the mind of our nation: Is this the promise of the just and Islamic establishment that we sought [all those years ago]? Are there problems that may arise from transparency? Are they so terrible that we must seek refuge by promoting secrecy? Have we forgotten the golden rule of that great old wise man of Jamaran, Ayatollah Khomeini, who said: “Do not do something that you cannot justify to the people?”

Dear companions of the green path of hope,

A year has passed since the creation of this unseen movement. During that time, the greens have walked a long way on this path of hope. Thanks to losing hope of receiving government assistance, they have come together in their homes, organized their goals and expanded their social networks – they have formed lasting and stable bonds among a large portion of the nation. Strong and stable social networks have been miraculous for spreading information and raising awareness. To see this, it is enough to merely look at the production of art and the democratic spread of analysis, news and information among different social streams. The Green Movement has been responsible for a wave of dialogue about important questions regarding our future. This event is incomparable to any other in our modern history.

Today, people know those who have trampled on the basic rights of the nation. People are aware of repeated violations of human rights and the lack of human dignity within the Judiciary and intelligence division. People are aware of how far the totalitarians have advanced in desecrating common national legacies, especially with regards to fundamental human rights. It is because of this very public consensus and dialogue that wisdom and rationality among our people always overcomes emotion, despite all the bitter and bloody events [of the recent past]. As a result, the trouble-makers have failed to move people to violence, although they tried hard to provoke those who had bled or lost their loved ones and those who had been imprisoned. Non-violent resistance is our strongest weapon against the bullets and electric batons of the uncivilized [government]thugs.

Millions of our people now see which groups have drawn their knives, running wildly behind young and old men and women. They see which groups of inferior culture and civility walk the public rallies shouting the ugliest words and slogans. [Our] people have created symbolic artwork instead of using such words. [Our] people have presented one another with gifts of colorful posters and have distributed countless films and placards based on each other’s lives and struggles. This is how [our] people have made memories of the pain and suffering they had to endure:

A child by the name of joy
Eyes bright and glistening
Hair long as the heights of hope
Is lost of late.
Whoever has news of her
Let us know
Here between the Persian Gulf
And the Caspian Sea.
[2]


Supporters of the [Green] Path of Hope,

Based on recommendations made by friends during the year of patience and perseverance, a new program has been prepared in order to [facilitate] better cooperation and communication [between members of the Green Movement], and to fortify the common identity of the movement itself.

Clearly, the proposed document cannot [fully] meet everyone’s expectations and demands. As an unimportant supporter [3] [of the movement] who was trying to find a solution to this quandary, I was inspired by voters who participated in the human chain that extended from Rah Ahan to Tajrish during the previous election campaign. Faced with a choice between bad and worse, they said that they will choose bad. It was only this selection that made the continuity and formation of that memorable chain possible. Real reform begins with this understanding of choice and the assumption of responsibility for choosing one option over another.

This document is only the first step and, during its evolution, the Green Movement will create a better and more complete set of guidelines.

That Home of the Hereafter We shall give to those who do not intend high- handedness or mischief on earth – the end is (best) for the righteous.
[4]

Roots and Goals

1. Numerous factors have contributed to the formation of dissident perspectives among the majority of the Iranian people and those who care [for our country]. The strongest manifestation of these views is within the Iranian Green Movement, formed after the tenth presidential election. These factors are as follows: numerous deviations from and planned obstacles to the realization of ideals such as justice, independence, freedom and the institution of the Islamic Republic itself, for which was carried out the magnificent Islamic Revolution.

2. Based on its commitment to [these] principles and fundamental human, religious, moral and national values, the Green Movement considers itself to be a purifier and reformer of the course taken in the Islamic Republic after the Revolution. Therefore, it will focus its efforts on the framework of the Constitution and [ensure] respect for the people’s votes and opinions.

3. The Green Movement is an extension of the Iranian people’s quest for freedom, social justice and national sovereignty, which had been previously manifested in the Constitutional Revolution, the Oil Nationalization Movement and the Islamic Revolution.

4. Revisiting the recent history of [our nation’s efforts] to achieve enlightened social ideals demonstrates that the goals of the Green Movement can only be realized by: strengthening civil society, expanding the space available for social dialogue, increasing awareness, [facilitating] the free of circulation of information, [encouraging] the active participation of [various] parties and associations, and generating a [liberal environment] for intellectuals as well as social and political activists who are loyal to national interests. The achievement of these goals requires an emphasis on common demands, which will facilitate collaboration and coordination among various members of the Green Movement who, despite their own unique identities, have accepted the inherent pluralism of the movement and have gathered side by side under its umbrella.

Fundamental Strategies

1. The Green Movement is a broad social movement that does not consider itself infallible. It rejects blasphemous absolutism and stresses [the importance of] criticism and dialogue both inside and outside the movement. Overseeing the course and evolution of the movement is essential for activists as well as intellectuals and thinkers in particular. This will prevent a slide toward totalitarianism and corruption.

2. According to green activists, the people of Iran want [to be part of] a proud, honorable and developed country. The Green Movement supports pluralism and opposes all attempts to monopolize it. Therefore, we do not tolerate animosity or maliciousness [directed] at any social group. All individuals who consider themselves [to be] part of the Green Movement have a responsibility to try to engage in dialogue (within a healthy atmosphere) with those who are against the movement, in order to make them aware of its goals and principles. We are all Iranian and Iran belongs to all of us.

3. The key issues for activists belonging to the Green Movement include the expansion of social networks (virtual or real) and the initiation of in-depth discussions of the movement’s goals as well as its identity.

4. The Green Movement strongly insists on [the importance of] protecting [our country’s] independence and draws a line at [extensive] involvement with foreign forces. However, it does not seek isolation from or animosity towards [other countries] and it is not captive to prejudicial tendencies [regarding foreign policy]. Justice, freedom, independence, human dignity and spirituality are all universal values. Among the tasks of the Green Movement is to learn from the experience of nations that have tried to obtain those values and to welcome the views and criticisms of all freedom-seeking and peace-loving individuals – individuals who seek human freedom and dignity.

Green Identity

Iranian-Islamic treasure

1. The Green Movement insists on the continued presence of a compassionate religion characterized by forgiveness, spirituality, morality and the appreciation of human dignity. Furthermore, it points out that emphasizing the ethical and compassionate aspects of Islam and the Islamic Republic is the only way to strengthen religious values. The fundamental principles of the Green Movement should take into account [our] national-religious legacy and desire for development and progress; they should steer clear of coercing people into an ideology, sect or clique; they should oppose the use of religion as an instrument and protect the independence of religious institutions and clergymen from the state in order to preserve the prominent position of religion; and, finally, they should maintain the continuous and important role of religion in our society.

2. The secret to preserving the Islamic Iranian culture is the coexistence of our long-lived religious and national values. In this regard, the Green Movement is insistent on preserving the right to promote the highly-held values and lessons contained in the customs of the Iranian culture, and breaking taboos that lead to fanatic behavior, and publicizing our true national and religious identity.

3. The Iranian nation has exhibited self-confidence and solidarity in its history of fighting for freedom. By relying on this rich background, collective reasoning, and avoiding self-centred behaviour the Green Movement marches on to achieve its goals and form a collective understanding about common issues at the national level.
The movement solely relies on collective reasoning and monistic rationale.

4. The Green Movement is an Iranian-Islamic movement that seeks a truly free and advanced Iran. Thus any Iranian who acts in pursuit of a better tomorrow for her/his nation counts as a Green Movement activist. In our eyes, Iran belongs to all Iranians.

People’s right of self-governance

1. The right of self-governance is an unequivocal principle of the Green Movement. Holding elections is the best available method to live by this principle. The Green Movement will continue its quest to guard people’s vote until a free and fair election regime without interference is established in the country. People’s approval (measured by their vote) is the source of the political powers’ legitimacy. The Green Movement considers any attempt to vet election candidates based on personal or group preference under the banner of candidate eligibility examination as unconstitutional and an obstruction to the right to self-governance.

2. Freedom and Fairness are not possible if we undermine our independence and national interests. Protecting our national interests is one Green Movement’s principles.

Green Movement’s Values


Respect for human dignity and opposing violence

1. Respect for human dignity and human rights independent of ideology, religion, gender, ethnicity, and social status is one of Green Movement’s primary demands.
Green Movement fully endorses protection of human rights; which is one of humanity’s most important achievements.

Human Rights are given by God and hence no ruler, government, parliament, or other power can take them away or interfere with protecting them. Realizing protection of these rights requires respect for fundamental principles such as equality, tolerance, dialogue, peace, and peaceful problem solving. These fundamental principles can be upheld if we start to free the independent press, stop censorship, get access to information, strengthen the civil society, respect citizens’ privacy, enable NGOs to act freely, and reform laws and regulations to eliminate any type of discrimination in society.

2. The Green Movement is a social movement that is committed to non-violence. It is committed to working within constitutional framework. It believes that people are the primary victim of any type of violence and so depends on dialogue and peaceful resistance to advance its agenda. Non-violent resistance is an uncompromisable value of this movement. The Green Movement will use all the capacities of non-violent resistance to achieve its goals.

Equality and Freedom

3. Equality is highly-held value in the Green Movement. Fair distribution of resources, be it economic, political, or social is an undeniable goal of the Green Movement for which the movement will do all that is necessary.

Spreading justice in society is only possible if the governing body –internally and internationally – acts with complete independence from self-serving organizations, political powers, or groups of people. In these conditions, the government can develop the economy, guarantee people’s welfare and comfort, and uphold social justice.

4. The Green Movement while understanding the necessity of addressing demands from all social sects and groups, stresses the importance of uniting with the middle class and those with lower incomes who are more susceptible to harm under social and political pressure. By referring the section nine of the constitution, the Green Movement firmly rejects infringing on civil right in name of protecting independence or territorial integrity. The Green Movement fully recognizes the value of political, cultural, economic, and military independence, and names “protection of people’s right to self-governance in all dimensions” as the only way of protecting our borders and national interests.

5. Guaranteeing freedom and equality were undeniable goals of the Islamic Revolution that the Green Movement firmly holds as its own.Promoting diversity, opposing monopolization of the media and elimination of opposition and minorities are central themes in the Green Movement. It is essential to free people from political (totalitarianism), social (discrimination and social inequality), and cultural (ideological dependence) domination. The Green Movement fully supports the Women’s Movement and denounces any discrimination based on gender and fully supports ethnic minorities’ rights.

6. The Green movement believes that security does not only consist of the government's security, it is the security of each and every Iranian citizens. Security should be provided for all citizens in order for them to be able to live under the protection of the law, free from any fear and dependence. Intervention of armed and security forces in politics, intervention of irresponsible forces in military [and security] issues, and dominance of armed and security forces over judiciary officials are all obstacles in the security of the government and people. Independence of the judiciary, no intervention of armed forces in political and economical activities, and punishing the organizers and members of the so-called plain-clothes forces are among the very pressing [serious] demands of the Green movement.

7. The green movement calls for the implementation of all articles of the constitution, particularly those that refer to the rights of the people (third chapter). This is a definite and unchangeable demand and goal of the Green movement.

8. Freedom of all political prisoners, abolishment of the legal restrictions on and security-based [security-oriented] approach to the activities of political parties and social groups and movements such as the women's movement, the students' movement, labor unions, and the like. Towards this end, the following strategies should clearly be followed. Fair trials for those who authorized as well as those who actually carried out the election fraud and killing and torture of protesters [to the fraudulent elections]. Also, exposing and trying those who have theorized and defended violence in various levels of the power hierarchy and government.

Moral conduct and respect for personal and social creativity

1. Unfortunately we have to acknowledge that incorrect political, social, and economical policies of the government has resulted in a decline in morals and a decrease of social capital in our society. The Green movement emphasizes the need for reviving our social morals as the common ground and unifying element of the Iranian social life, while pledging to completely abide by moral principles in its struggle towards enforcing civil rights of the [Iranian] people.

2. The green movement is neither a centralized party, nor a collection of unorganized, aimless individuals. An overview of the historical experiences of the Iranian nation reveals that they have always [consistently] shown their awareness, ability, and deepunderstanding in dire historical circumstances, and have relied on their creativity to pave the way towards achieving their goals.

The Green movement according to its foundational principles and origins and utilizing social networks, relies on thought, understanding and civil innovations of the Iranian people. It believes that goals such as justice and freedom can only be achieved once these creative forces have flourished. Our campaign slogan "every Iranian as one campaign” can now be changed to "every Iranian as a movement"

Abiding by the law and negotiating

1. The Green movement wants a glowing future for the Iranian people based on their common covenant, the constitution, while pursuing the lasting goals and ideals of the Islamic Revolution and taking a critical approach to the developments that have taken place ever since [the revolution] -particularly with regards to the relationship between state [State] and nation.

2. In this regard, "implementing the constitution with no negligence" is the main fundamental strategy of the Green movement. This movement believes that overcoming the crises that we are facing today and pursuing the development and progress of our nation can only be possible through returning to the law and enforcing its implementation on all institutions, and punishing those who do not abide by it in whatever position [or role] they may be. The Green movement is also completely aware that the abiding by the law is different from instrumentalizing it by those who are in power. We should strive to reach a point where the law is not used a tool to enforce unjust and derogatory violence, and a means for violating their most fundamental rights, and violence, injustice, and discrimination is not [deemed] legal.

3. The national laws, including the constitution, are not eternal and unchangeable documents. Every nation has the right to reform its current laws, in the quest for correcting it's general direction. However, note that changing the constitution is only valid when it is put forth through a process of negotiation and dialogue in the society, with the participation of all groups and factions among the people, avoiding any dogmatism, exclusiveness and bullying.

4. Expanding the civil society and strengthening the public sphere are of the main principles of the Green movement. This movement believes that in order to safeguard our national interests, achieve the goals of the Islamic Revolution, and subside the unpleasant effects of the recent crisis, representatives of various schools of thought and political groups should engage in negotiations and dialogue. In this regard, we welcome any invitation to transparent negotiations and discourse aiming at defending the rights of the people and solving [the current] social conflicts.

5. This movement calls for strengthening the Iranian economy in international platforms and investment, and increasing the purchasing power of the Iranians. The Green movement wants rational and respectful foreign policy based on transparent and constructive interaction with the world, and rejecting adventurous and populist diplomacy, so that it may lead to higher esteem for the great historical nation of Iran in the world.

A humble companion of the Green movement

MirHossein Mousavi

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Sharif University students chant “Yah Houssein Mir Houssein”

Posted in Uncategorized by iranallday on June 12, 2010

Mehdi Karroubi: People are the pulse of the Green Movement

Posted in Uncategorized by iranallday on May 27, 2010
The following is a translated article by Khordad88 whose website can be visited at http://khordaad88.com/
 
Mir Hossein Mousavi , Mehdi Karoubi and Mosen Rezaie , the three candidates of June 2009 Iran presidential election were among many people who faced with irregularities in vote counting procedures and expulsion of their representative from polling stations objected to the official results announced by Ministry of Interior. Among them Mohen Rezayi withdrew his protest when Supreme Leader approved the election process and the results. However since last year Mr Karoubi and Mousavi have maintained their positions and have not recognized Ahmadinejad as the legitimate president of the country.

In the course of last year, positions and views of Mr Karoubi and Mousavi , the leading figures of Iran’s protest movement were only published through statements, speeches, meetings and interviews with reformist websites inside Iran and number of foreign journalists. For unknown reasons so far neither Mr Mousavi nor Mr karboui have had an interview with an Iranian media outside Iran.

A request for interview [with Jaras] has been submitted to all four candidates. So far Mr Karroubi who is well known for his audacity in face of questions asked by reporters has agreed to [our] request.

In this interview Mehdi Karroubi , former head of parliament and the chairman of Etemaad Melli party which has been shut down by security apparatus , responds to questions by Jaras regarding green movement in the year that has passed , its future prospects, the hope and worry that surrounds the movement and the criticisms raised regarding the movement’s method of leadership.


Mr. Karroubi a year has passed since Khordaad [June] 2009 , a month full of events and accidents. Khordaad has a historical significance in [Iranian calendar]. The epic 2nd of Khordaad [1] , courageous resistance on 3rd of Khordaad [2] , the movement of 15th of Khordaad[3] and finally the last year’s fraudulent elections which sparked a mass movement that became known as the green movement. Is there a logical relationship between these events?

[The events] of 15th Khordaad are a major turning point in Islamic Revolution and the founder of the revolution [Ayatollah Khomeini] has called it the starting point of the revolution. [For these reasons] this day will never be forgotten. Khordaad[June] is a month of incidents. But what is more important for us is that these incidents should be investigated. For example even the 9th presidential elections in 2005 should be examined. In the year of that election the reformers controlled the government and for reasons that I do not want to discuss now we lost all [political power] . The outcome was that this person [Ahmadinejad] came to power and his supporting factions took control of the country that has only resulted in difficult consequences and suffering for people and [our] country.


You mention that since 9th presidential election in 2005 where Ahmadinejad and Hashemi-Rafsanjani participated in a run-off , because of certain issues that occurred reformist lost all [political] power. But when I met with you for an interview last year before the election and asked you based on the assumption that the revolution eats its own children are you among those who have been eaten or among those who have eaten others, you replied with a smile:”I am neither one of those eaten nor will I [passively] watch it happen to one of the children of this revolution “. Do you still have the same opinion? Or back then despite the suspicious election in 2005 your were optimistic that the radical [hardliner] forces will retreat?

After the death of Imam Khomeini we expected that certain individuals [will attempt] to reduce our influence and isolate us. But we did not predict the current situation which is not only difficult for us but also for many other people in the country. Although we were and are prepared [for this situation] we are witnessing that the majority of people that belonged to the first generation of revolution are facing the same hardships as a result of having this man as the president and in charge of the country. We would have had no worries if this person was elected by people and carried legal and popular legitimacy.


What were the mistakes you believe you committed in the past year and what have been the strengths and weaknesses of the movement?

I am quite satisfied with what I have done and said in the past year. If I have been radical in my conduct as they [hardliners] claim , it has only been in reaction to their own behaviors and conduct. I have never diverted from my revolutionary ideals and therefore I will not suffer from extremism or lack of action In this past year I only acted upon my duty to stand for the people’s rights – rights that had been trampled upon . I said in one of the presidential debates last year that I am ready for Jihad and I will pay any price. The night I decided to run for election I knew I am embarking on a long and winding road. But based on necessity and in order to keep political forces from scattering I had to participate in the election.


How about others? You, Mousavi and Khatami have given individual statements and speeches. Can we look forward to joint statements from two or three people in the 2nd year of the movement?

I strongly believe that each individual should and will focus on their own activities. Individual efforts must be continued. At the same time, in areas where there is a need for joint statements, this should also be done. Of course I have made suggestions for joint statements for specific issues in the past, which unfortunately did not come to fruition and as such I had to act on my own.


Under these circumstances, don’t you see the need for the formation of a core leadership team for the Green movement? What is you strategy for leadership of the movement?

First of all, this movement belongs to the people. The people are its leaders and as such it will move in the direction desired by the people. The pulse of the movement is in the hands of the people. In fact, if there were to be any leader other than the people, those opposing the movement would make sure that leadership is eliminated. When Mr. Mousavi and I formed a committee consisting of four individuals, Mr. Beheshti and Mr. Moghadam (nominated by Mr. Mousavi) and Mr. Aloviri and Mr. Amini (nominated by myself) in order to support those who had been attacked after the elections, three of these four individuals were arrested immediately and sent to jail. As such everything we had planned in this area came to a stand still. Under such circumstances, the only leader who can continue the path of this movement are the masses, in other words the nation of Iran.


They have confiscated all newspapers critical of the government. Political parties have been closed. As the head of a political party in Iran, how do you see the future of this movement? How do you think the Green movement can show itself in a society that is under such heavy military and security presence?

The first part of this question is related to the previous question. These gentlemen had no tolerance for an office associated with a political party. They had no tolerance for newspapers associated with a political party. They did not tolerate anyone visiting me in my office. They did not even tolerate the existence of a few newspapers and magazine that in their own words was “not one of them”. The ruling government has become so afraid that they even get written commitments from people who visit me, stating that they will refrain from visiting me in the future. They don’t tolerate our presence in public gatherings and official meetings and go as far as hiring people to create disturbances and to physically attack us.

In response to the second part of your question I must reiterate that the fact that the movement has issued statements requesting that people attend every official event and commemoration is proof that we have not stopped fighting and that we continue with our path. The fact that the movement desires change means living and being present. On the other hand, we must not only stand behind what we say, but we must also act upon it and be willing to pay the necessary price to obtain our goals. The fact that we are witnessing extensive efforts on the part of the ruling government to prepare for a potential back lash on the anniversary of the Imman’s passing and that they did not allow certain anniversaries to take place illustrates that the Green movement is alive and well. It is for this reason that they banned me from attending a ceremony commemorating the martyrdom of Hazrat Zahra. A large security force with ample knives, batons, bricks, etc. had been mobilized in order to make my presence at the ceremony impossible. All these reactions and this type of behavior on their part is evidence that we are present and that the movement is persistent and will continue to prevail.


How long is it necessary to publish statements rather than act in order to continue with your fight?

Our movement is a civic movement. Our movement is not violent and cannot be armed. In which of my statements have I said something and not acted upon it? Have I not attempted when ever possible to be present amongst the people? My children have been banned from leaving the country. They have attacked my house two times. They closed down my private office, my political party and the newspaper associated with my political party. They confiscated Irandokht the newsletter belonging to my wife’s institution. They intended to kill me in Qazvin. They attacked one of my children and severely wounded him in a detention center. They attacked both myself and my security personnel on numerous occasions during various demonstrations. Do you not view these all as actions? They have arrested everyone close to me. This ruling government needs to know that Mehdi karroubi is willing to pay any price for this movement.


One of the demands that has been published in many of your statements is holding free and fair elections. Do you think there is any hope that elections will take place one day to form a government or the parliament that includes representation from various political parties? Fundamentally, do you think that “political parties” have a future in Iran? When I say political party I mean a party that has been elected by the people and has the power to govern.

We must focus on achieving this goal. Currently there are two obstacles facing our progress in this area. The first is the ruling government that apposes such a concept and the second the political parties that are not accustomed to organized activities and efforts. I have said repeatedly that they are either fighting political parties or evading them. In Iran it is very difficult to belong to and work within the framework of a party. It will require time for us to learn how to work within a party and how to deal with political parties.


You have often been regarded as the person coining the term the “Regime’s Boat” in many Green publications. Others believe that you are the one who is leaving the “Regime’s Ship”. Where do you believe the regime’s boat or ship is headed?

This boat has not changed. It’s capacity has not changed. It is incapable of accommodating 75 million people. This boat is not capable of withstanding the slightest wind or storm. My hope is to transform this boat into a ship that has the capacity to carry the entire nation of Iran.

It is the same boat that can’t fit all seventy five million citizens of this country. This boat can not stand the weakest storms. We hope that this boat will soon be replaced by a ship that accommodate all Iranians.


You have been jailed in the previous regime. Have the prison system and the judiciary honestly improved or regressed?

The problem with the previous regime was corruption. After the revolution, we have had fresh and new players on the scene. But because this system has turned into a small and exclusive boat with occupants who want the administration to solely serve their needs and play to their advantage; occupants who use force to actively keep people out. A tiny incapable minority have occupied all the leadership positions in the country and try to put pressure on people. The situation has worsened. In the old days, government supporters did not gather in front of revolutionary’s residences in order to exert pressure. The treatment Mr. Nourizad and other political prisoners have received are even worse. The current administration lacks public support and is using force to compensate for it unpopularity. For instance, the serial killing of political activists around a decade ago lead to brutal murder of the Forouhars. If we didn’t put an end to the killings, we would have lost more activists. So we must always oppose such extreme and violent actions. In Shah’s time, there was no republic. In the Islamic Republic, all are equal under the law, even the Supreme Leader. But now, some inexpert actions are taking place.


You are stating that under the law, even the Supreme Leader is equal to everyone else. Then what exactly are the duties of the Council of Experts? Other than eulogy and flattery, does the council do much else to serve the country or fulfill its constitutional duties? Why was the Council silent when some members of the parliament who opposed the Supreme Leader were threatened and attacked by the plain-cloth militia?

During Imam Khomeini’s time, the Council of Experts had a well-defined mission and methodology. The first council included country’s top figures and the most senior clerks. That council appointed Ayatollah Khamenei as Imam Khomeini’s successor. A year after that, a short-sighted act changed the body that verified the eligibility of candidates for the Council, from the faculty members in Islamic scholarly institutes to the Gaurdian council whose members were selected by the Supreme Leader. A Guardian Council whose members were vetted by Mr. Janati et al. should surprise no one. The strongest principles of the constitution are written in section 108 which has turned into the weakest section of the constitution by such people. It is not the question of membership or times, but rather the true role of the institution. I have written a letter to Mr. Hashemi about the role of the Guardian Council a little while ago.


In a sentence, tell us how you were feeling in night of these critical demonstrations:

25th of Khordaad: I was happy to see the wave of people and the extraordinary showing of people. But at night, when I heard that some had lost their lives in the demonstration, I became very sad and couldn’t believe that such things would happen in the Islamic Republic

30th of Khordaad: I was extremely upset by the killings.

Quds Day: I was happy to see the great showing of people in the demonstrations.

13th of Aban: I went to the demonstrations that day but we were stopped and then attached by pepper spray. One of my body guards was injured from the things they threw out way. When I returned home and learned that a number of people were killed and arrested, I couldn’t believe it.

Ashoora: I had been worried since the morning. I was in a religious ceremony and away from the streets but in the ceremony I heard that they had pushed down a person from a bridge and that a police car had driven over some people. I was extremely sad. Every news that came my way added to my sorrow. I should add that all this was happening on a religious holiday, making it very painful for me. We were all supposed to mourn Imam Houssain’s death and honour this holy day and yet they were killing people in the streets.

Day of the Anniversary of the Islamic Revolutions: That day I prepared myself for anything. There was serious ambush as I joined the crowds. They sprayed pepper gas on me. For hours, I couldn’t even open my eyes. I had problems breathing and with my vision. When I got back home, I heard that there has been a clash and some have been arrested. I was also told that my son, Ali, has been among the detainees. What happened was very sad. When Ali was freed, and I got to know what [tortures] has happened to him in prison, I was struck with sorrow. I couldn’t believe that they react with such violence to the children of this land.


Mr. Karoubi! You visit families of many reputed prisoners, and sympathize with their families. For instance, you visited family of Mr. Jafar Panahi, Mohammad Nourizad, and other prisoners who are on hunger strike. What programs do you have in mind for many other prisoners like, Majid Tavakoli, or many other unknown students who are as well known?

Unfortunately the status of less well-known prisoners is very worrying. As I’ve said before, I had created a committee exactly to server this purpose; to follow up on the status of prisoners and inquire about their conditions. But even this was not tolerated, and the members of the committee were detained and imprisoned. I have talked to the family of Majid Tavakoli, the student activist. It is not right to imprison a student who voices his criticism. I have also talked through phone to families of prisoners from other towns. People do not deserve these behaviors [of imprisonment.] I am certain that the suffering that the families and specially the mothers of unknown prisoners endure makes them eligible for kindness [of others.]


In your statements you have alluded to images and clips to prove the violence apparent in the reactions toward normal people; reactions that were result of people’s sense of responsibility and citizenship. These images, and thousand other pictures and films never made their way through the national media. These were works of normal citizens through cell phones that were distributed via weblogs and sites like Tweeter and Facebook. Have you seen those films? Are you aware of the protests movements in the virtual space against constrain that were created for you and for your bodyguard team. Youth have voluntarily campaigned and have written that they are ready to guard Mehdi Karoubi and Mir Hossein Mousavi themselves. I generally want to know your opinion on the movement that was created by citizen reporters to convey information from the violence on the streets to the symbolic sympathy sessions around the world.

Yes. I get very sad and embarrassed when such violent actions happen in the Islamic Republic, because even during the oppressive regime of the Shah such behavior was not common. I wrote countless times in letters and I issued warnings. Earlier we had also created films from those who have been tortured. Back then, I asked them not to talk to satisfy us, but to think of God in their minds, and know that there is a court room with God where nothing is hidden, where everyone is responsible for what they do. When I used to see their dark and beaten bodies, my heart would fill with sorrow that why should there be reactions like this to people who have merely protested to results of an election. We didn’t want to tweak documentations to prove our points. We were just recording what fact. Each film that was recorded had an original version and copy. We gave a version to authorities in charge of following up on the issue, and kept the copy, so that if they were later pressured to confess otherwise we would have recordings of what they’ve said. Our concerns were valid too; many of these people were put under pressure to deny what they’ve said. Some escaped the country as the result of the pressures, and the rest had to live lives without any security and so stopped following up.

And [what I have to say] about the troubles that they created for my bodyguards is that it is natural. When I heard that some of the youth has suggested that they would all protect me, I was joyous, but I never wanted to put others into trouble. Wherever I wanted to go, I would go with my children. I am however very thankful to the children of this land and the youth of this nation for their struggle to keep our country’s dignity. I pray that God brings them health and prosperity in life.


My next question is about the protest movement created by the Iranians abroad. Do the leaders of the green movement have any plans to organize the forces inside and outside the country? Why not benefit from the great asset that is all the Iranians [whether inside or outside?]

The movement was created inside the country. Iranians abroad too followed this movement and supported it. The struggles that Iranians abroad made are great and we are very thankful for it. However they must look at the situation inside Iran. Here, I request all the Iranians abroad to pay attention to some of the details in creating their slogans and messages. Unfortunately, often times that the radicalization of movements outside the country only causes pressure to the forces inside the country. Unfortunately, the government too takes advantage of the situations to put more pressure to internal forces. Iranians abroad must act as the medium to convey the message of the Iranian people to the people of the world. I hope that the slogans inside and outside the country go towards a direction that would make the two messages coherent with each other. On the other side, we must be wary of agents that penetrate amongst us. These agents mix themselves among us and by radicalizing the slogans provide excuses for the forces and the government to start the clamp down. This movement is still nurturing, and hopefully the movement of people outside of Iran and the movement inside would eventually start to become coherent with another. We must notice however that this needs a lot of time.


Some of the freedom seekers of the Green movement have been asking the following question since the Islamic Revolution of 1357[1979]: “Why from the beginning of the revolution did we witness a certain degree of personal self indulgence, and oppression recreated in the speeches given by the leaders of the revolution?” You exposed the crimes that occurred after the 10th elections and did not sacrifice the truth for the sake of expediency. Prior to that you were a voice against violations such as approbation supervision by the Guardian Council. All this oppression however, does not compare with what occurred in Iran in pursuing the goals of the revolution to turn Iran into a paradise of ideals. You will be asked about the first decade of the revolution. You will be asked about Imam Khomeini’s leadership and its surrounding issues. If you respond to these questions freely and fairly, some within the movement will be disappointed in you ( those who are still unable to break from idolizing an individual or engage in self criticism). If you refrain from speaking freely and seek the best course of action by depicting Imam Khomeini and the first decade of the revolution as impeccable, then you will disappoint another group within the Green movement (this group consists of two subgroups. The first group still bares a grudge against the past and sees nothing but darkness when viewing that period. They are perhaps even unable to accept that there is both good and bad associated with that era. The second group tries very hard to be fair, taking steps towards open mindedness and breaking from past prejudices.) To act as an intermediary under such challenging and difficult conditions is only possible with brave leaders. With this long introduction I would like to ask what is your assessment of the first decade of the revolution and the Imam Khomeni’s leadership? To what extent do you think that the root cause of today’s problems in Iran stem from the political beliefs of that era?

We need to examine the problems and see which ones belong to the past and which ones have appeared recently. The first decade after the revolution was characterized by resistance and sacrifice. I believe that the serious predicaments we face today appeared after the death of Imam Khomeini. Many examples can be recounted that demonstrate these deviations. For example while the meetings of the expediency Council were held in the older parliament building before, a year after the death of Imam Khomeini they were held in the offices of supreme leader. Or in one of the elections the guardian council disqualified large number of political and religious figures based on [its own interpretation of] approbation supervision [article in the constitution]. The revolution that was founded by Imam Khomeini has deviated from its course by others. After the death of Imam Khomeini the fraud started. In last year’s election, it is more accurate to call it appointment rather than election , votes were rationed among candidates and each candidate had a pre-determined number of votes . The issues surrounding this election should be investigated further.


Many people criticize your way of thinking. What do you think is the common ground between you and a generation that seems to be widely different from yours in belief, taste and even appearance, yet has gathered side by side you in the green movement and even feels related to you as a clergyman?

Desiring freedom, obtaining citizen rights, [seeking] dignity and greatness of Iran

Jaras- Thank you for your time .

Masih Alinejad

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Brave Iranian student’s question

Posted in Uncategorized by iranallday on May 27, 2010

Iran calling the shots

Posted in Uncategorized by iranallday on May 22, 2010
A few days ago the families of the three US hikers got a chance to visit them. Although they were not released something very interesting is brewing between Iran and America. There have been numerous report that Iran demanded the US and France to release a few people who worked under the regime. One prisoner was arrested and convicted in France for murdering former prime minister to the Shah of Iran Shapour Bakhtiar. The other two were captured by American forces in Iraq and were accused of creating or planting road side bombs. These prisoners have been released and in return Iran has released a student of France accused of being a spy. The belief is that now that both America and France have agreed to release their prisoners would that mean Iran will release the three hikers. There is one thing for certain about Iran and its that they look very superior after these recent turn of events. They demanded for the release of people who work under the regime and got it plus Iran is still holding the American hostages although the belief is that they will soon be released as well after the US has agreed to Iran's wants.

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May 20th Protest

Posted in Uncategorized by iranallday on May 21, 2010

Chahar shanbe soori and Mousavi’s Noruz message

Posted in Uncategorized by iranallday on March 18, 2010

Clashes in Iran

Posted in Uncategorized by iranallday on March 16, 2010

Clashes in Gisha

Posted in Uncategorized by iranallday on March 16, 2010
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