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Iranian protesters await new strategies as leaders meet again

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Iranian opposition leaders, Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karoubi met for a second time after the February 11 events when security forces fiercely impeded protesters from gathering and staging their own peaceful protests as they had planned.

Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karoubi

While they made no official announcements regarding their discussions, Green Movement supporters are anxiously awaiting the outcome of their meetings as Mehdi Karoubi announced last week that if they are not granted the right to peaceful assembly and demonstrations, they would have to assume different methods to pursue the people's demands.

Iran's Green Movement has taken shape following the June presidential elections when millions of people took to the streets to protest the alleged fraud that brought Mahmoud Ahmadinejad back to power. In the past eight months, protesters have gathered and demonstrated to express their demands for legitimate elections and for their constitutional rights.

State confrontation with protesters has been progressively stepped up and on February 11, protesters were attacked as soon as they appeared on the streets. Opposition leaders were also attacked and forced to leave the scene.

In their first meeting, Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karoubi condemned security measures against protesters and established the need to find new strategies for the Green Movement.

Their second meeting appears more significant as two senior members of the Association of Combatant Clerics were also present for input from the reformist organization.

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