Report Source: Radio Zamaneh
Tehran Prosecutor-General, Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi criticized opposition leaders, Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karoubi, claiming that they are "agitating the atmosphere" by issuing statements. He also maintained those who believe that on February 11 people were brought in from provincial cities are "deluded."
Opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi appeared at a memorial for Iran-Iraq war heroes (the Bakeri brothers) last week
Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karoubi have both
announced that the mass demonstration organized by the government on February 11
was "engineered." The opposition maintains that the government bussed in
government supporters from all around the country to make a show of force.
Yesterday Mousavi was quoted as saying; "You can't engineer a demonstration and then rest assured that all is finished."
In the past nine months, mass protests against the alleged election fraud that secured Mahmoud Ahmadinejad 's return to presidency have thrown Iran into deep turmoil. People have repeatedly staged demonstrations to express their protests to the government but on February 11, security forces went after protesters in full force not allowing them to gather.
Tehran's Prosecutor-General criticized opposition leaders for "failing to come to their senses and get together with the people."
He added that the opposition will not be allowed to stage demonstrations without an official permit. He added that the files in connection with "the disturbances" have been closed and if anyone tries to "vent some pent up anger" on the last Wednesday of the year, they will face serious confrontation.
Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi urged people "to control the events and not disturb people's peace for the sake of having a good time."
While some protesters have announced that the last Wednesday of the year may be an occasion to stage further demonstrations, Mir Hossein Mousavi announced that they do not wish to turn these cultural occasions into an opportunity to "harass" people.
Tehran's Prosecutor-General also added that he is hopeful that post-election detainees will be released soon. He claimed; "Those people whose files have been completed and their charges are not serious" will gradually be released.
He went on to say that detainees who "express regret" will hopefully spend the New Year with their families.
Iranian new year arrives on Norouz, first day of spring, March21
Opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi (right) and Mohammad Khatami (center left)
at the Bakeris' memorial
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Iran's Mousavi Hints At Fresh Protest - Opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi has urged Iranians to stage a fresh antigovernment rally in the capital, Tehran, in order to highlight the continued strength of his Green Movement. Mousavi's statements, his first extensive comments since opposition street protesters were beaten back with tear gas and police batons on February 11, came in an interview posted to his "Kaleme" website.
Iran's Opposition Leader Calls For Free Gathering of Protesters and Referendum - Mehdi Karoubi, one of the disputing candidates of Iran's June presidential elections, urged the government to issue election protesters a permit to stage a gathering and thus establish the true number of protesters.
Iranian opposition claims protesters in the majority - Opposition leader, Mohammad Khatami announced that protesters did participate under trying conditions in the February 11 demonstrations and claimed that they are by all comparisons in the majority.
Khamenei Rejects Idea of Compromise With Opposition in Iran Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, dismissed the possibility of compromise with opposition leaders on Thursday, saying in harsh language that they had no right to participate in politics, the official IRNA news agency reported. - Nazila Fathi, NY Times
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