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Mehdi Karroubi: As a part of this system, I am ashamed

Source: Saham News

Mansour Osanlou

Mehdi Karroubi visited the family of Mansour Osanlou, the imprisoned trade union activists and a founding member of the Syndicate of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company which is an independent union campaigning vigorously for workers' rights, and comforted them. According to SahamNews (official website of Etemad Melli party) in this visit that all the family members of Osanlou family were present, Mother of Mansour Osanlou while praising and thanking Mehdi Karroubi for his rightful positions in defending the rights of the people expressed joy for Karroubi's presence in her son's home.

During this visit, the mother of Mansour Osanlou spoke of the pressures and damages that have been brought on Roya Samadi, their daughter-in-law, to Mehdi Karroubi. She expressed her sadness over the brutal attack of the security forces on Zoya Samadi and added: "Unfortunately, they kidnapped her on June 23rd and after transferring her to an unknown location, she was severely beaten and bashed by a few male agents." The mother of Mansour Osanlou continued: "They severely beat her in a way that many parts of her body have been bruised; and at the late hours of the night they pushed her out of the car under the Seyyed Khandan Bridge (in the western part of Tehran)." The mother of Mansour Osanlou added that the beating and bashing was so severe that caused Zoya, who was pregnant at the time, to suffer miscarriage.

Mehdi Karroubi in this meeting while expressing deep sorrow and regret regarding such horrendous actions hoped that Mansour Osanlou would be released soon and return to the arms of his loving family.

Karroubi by recalling his own resistance campaign during the Shah's era said: "At that time when we started our resistance and Imam [Khomeini] started his campaign, the foundations of the revolution was based on this principle that no one would suffer from oppression. The barbaric practices that now is being committed against individuals and their families is the oppression against the people that the Shah's regime, with all its corruption, had not have committed such actions against families and I, as a member of this system, am ashamed from you; but don't see these treatments as part of Imam [Khomeini]'s path and Islam."

Mehdi Karroubi expressed hope that on the eve of the holy month of Ramadan, all political prisoners be freed and would be with their families at Iftar time.

Mehi Karroubi at the end while expressing his deepest condolences to the people of Sistan and Baluchistan province, who are mourning the loss of their loved ones following the suicide terrorist bombings, said: "The occurrence of such events in the country is shameful and sad. I express my condolences to the people of this province for this event and I hope that as soon as possible we witness the arrest and trial of those who ordered and those who implemented this event."

The illusion of having single party system in Iran is doomed to fail

Mehdi Karroubi

In a meeting with a group of students of children of martyrs and veterans Mehdi Karroubi emphasized: "All citizens from ethnic minorities to people with different political views have the same rights and no injustice upon any citizen is allowed."

He added: "Never has someone so obviously and shamelessly been lying and spreading superstition. Morality has been destroyed and has been replaced by lies, slander, and superstition; and all immoralities like cancers are gaining control and increasing their influences."

Mehdi Karroubi continued: "With the efforts of some and of course at the expense of the people, slanders and lies against others have become a duty and daily routine [for some] in a way that if we want to pay attention to them we should issue one or even several objections every day."

He added: "The pathology of the political currents can be a successful approach to advance the progressive goals of the Islamic Republic which unfortunately now, thanks to the country's administrative steersmen and institutionalizing of lies, slander and hypocrisy, we have gone miles away from them."

He continued: "The illusion of having a single party in Iran is not only bound to failure but also the political structure of the Islamic Republic of Iran does not accept it. Of course, there have been people who have had this illusion in their minds and even in the previous regime they announced it as Rastakhiz (the resurrection) [party] but they took this illusion and idea to their graves."

Karroubi continued: "It was supposed for the supreme leader to be on top so that creates the appropriate background for maximum participation and healthy competition among the parties and groups and expands the room for critiquing in the country to expand; not to rather bring it to this low level and in portray in the form of a single party."

At the end, Mehdi Karroubi referred to the youth and students present at the meeting and said: "No government has been able to remain with lies, hypocrisy and repression. The human experience has proven that those who seek to remove diversity and want to create monologue in the society, have not learned the great lesson of the history and have put themselves on the historical path of destruction. Bad management in the global stage, not abiding by the law, weakening public institutions through lack of acceptance and bullying, misuse of sacred beliefs, lying, intervention and making decision for people in their personal lives (like telling people how many kids they should have), calling the great nation of Iran scratches and chips and read the great nation of Iran ... were all not enough that today they bring up the single party!"

Karroubi added: "But know that victory definitely belongs to the great nation of Iran. Because no government anywhere in the world has been able to remain with such means and of course the people of Iran have proven that they will give in to tyranny and bullying." l

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