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Iran's Opposition Leader Karoubi: I will never compromise when it comes to the people's rights

Source: Mir Hossein Mousavi's facebook

In relation to issues regarding the election, Mehdi Karoubi, the head of the Etemad Meli Party, said: "With the passing of time, I become even more convinced of the extensive manipulations and fraud that took place in the recent elections, as very day we receive new information that demonstrates the regrettable nature in which the authorities handled the trust given to them by the people of Iran."

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With regards to the events that occurred after the elections, Karoubi noted: "Ask yourself what were the desires and demands of the people who spontaneously came to the streets in such large numbers after the election? What were the demands of the 3 million people who roared in the streets from Imam Hossein to Azadi square, with their silent march, without any form of advertising or propaganda motivating them to attend? Should the response to a nation who took to the streets with such noble intentions have been batons, tear gas and gun shots? Should our dear youth who dared ask "Where is our Vote?" within the framework of the law, have faced violence and death at Kahrizak and other prisons?"

Karoubi strongly criticized the unacceptable treatment of the people and said : "We should tell those responsible for these atrocities "How do you expect the people of Iran to accept your one sided claims regarding the election when it is so evident that you lie? Did some of you not have the audacity to suggest that these young people had lost their lives to meningitis? Would you have ever admitted to the occurrence of these crimes had it not been for persistent and defiant cries & demands by myself, Mr. Mousavi and the brave nation of Iran?"

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Karoubi reiterated his position when it comes to defending the people's rights and said: "Even though they have shutdown the newspapers, filtered websites, imprisoned many of our dear friends, closed down the office of [reformist] parties including the Etemad Melli office and even my personal office, even though they fired shots at my car, and some continue to threaten and insult myself, Mir Hossein Mousavi, the great nation of Iran in every possible way, even though they insist on taking our words out of context, I would like to firmly state that I will never compromise when it comes to the rights of the great people of Iran. The ability to vote is one of the fundamental rights of our nation and people should be able to cast their votes into ballot boxes, knowing that they can trust the authorities. I will continue to stand with the great people of Iran until the very end and will push for free elections and the removal of all current obstacles under the framework of the constitution. I will present my position with regards to the ideals of the the Islamic Revolution, the defense of human rights and the need for free elections to the noble and honorable nation of Iran, in the very near future."

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