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Karroubi says sanctions boost Iranian government

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Iranian opposition leader, Mehdi Karroubi says that economic sanctions imposed on Iran strengthen the Iranian government and hurt the people.

In an interview with the British daily Guardian Karroubi said: "These sanctions boost the illegitimate government and give them a lever, namely the economic lever, to use as an excuse to suppress government opposition in the name of confronting sanctions."

In recent month the United Nations, the European Union the United States, Canada and Australia have approved widespread sanctions against Iran in response to disputes over Iran's nuclear activities. Iran's oil and international trade are the main targets of these sanctions.

Mehdi Karroubi went on to denounce the government's treatment of political prisoners saying that the Islamic Republic has been completely "deviated" from its path.

He stressed that his aim was to reform the system and dismissed all allegations that the opposition is after toppling the regime.

Mehdi Karroubi

Karroubi went on to describe the lack of a single leader for the opposition movement as an advantage of the movement. He added that if one specific person was regarded as the leader, he would have been omitted or behind bars right now.

In response to the current situation of the movement he said that the "Green Movement" does not need to present itself through street demonstrations because its demands are evident for the government and the world by now.

He added that there is no need for the people to become victims of the government's harsh and violent confrontations.

In the massive street demonstrations following the 2009 presidential elections which the opposition claims was rigged to secure Mahmoud Ahmadnejad's re-election, thousands of people were arrested and tens were killed.

Karroubi stressed that "the movement is well and active, and will take advantage of every opportunity to manifest itself. The harsh confrontation of the government will only make it grow deeper."

He went on to cite the "State press" war against the Green Movement, continued arrests and trials of reformists and the continued fear of gatherings as proof that "the movement is alive."

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