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Iran: Opposition Leader Karroubi Meets With Family of Imprisoned Student Activist

Source: Daneshjou News

Karroubi: "The actions of the other side shows that the Green movement is growing"

Majid Tavakoli

The family of Majid Tavakoli, the political prisoner and student of Amir-Kabir University in Tehran, along with some student activists met with Mehdi Karroubi. In this visit, Mehdi Karroubi while praising Majid's spirit, asked Majid Tavakoli's family to inform him about the latest development about his situation as well as the pressures from the government on them.

The family explained how Majid is being denied his basic rights including having visitors, being allowed out of his cell, phone calls, having newspapers; these denials are even reminded to the prison guards by the door of his cell. The family added all they want at the moment is to let Majid's elderly mother speak with him and hear his voice.

After welcoming the guests, Karroubi commented that these pressures and similar actions such as controlling conversations are the result of the country's extra-ordinary circumstance and said: "The members of parliament who have met with us (Karroubi and Mousavi) have been threatened to be disqualified [by the Guardian Council from being on the next ballot]. This is a psychological war to terrorize people. Rest assured that the situation will not remain like this." Karroubi added: "Humans will be purified in these difficulties and hardships. We are getting stronger for sure."

In response to a question that whether the Green movement is in a slow down, Karroubi said: "Currently people are not out on the streets like last year, but they are ready in their minds and will be present in the time of need. People are concerned about what has happened. Many of those who have been let out of prisons say that they have been warmly welcomed by the people on the streets."

Karroubi added: "The best reason and the best indication of the continuation of the movement is [looking at] the actions of the other side. If there is nothing, why are they screaming this much; why are the sentences not reduced? Why are newspapers still being closed down? The pressure over newspapers and members of parliament is still there. The pressure over academia, the pressure over meeting with the political prisoners' families is continuing. They (the coup government and its agents) don't even allow a simple hello. Why are they taking the [political] prisoners to Karaj (west of Tehran)? These show that they feel the movement is progressing. The actions of the other side (the coup government) shows that the situation is difficult for them and therefore they are looking for confrontation."

Mehdi Karroubi continued: "In the universities they have retired professors; have stopped their wages. These guys (the coup government's agents) have all sorts of issues themselves but instead of dealing properly with the country's academia and scholars constantly say "you are dedicated; you are not dedicated". Instead of these issues, it is better to look into the budget. Think about these strange plans that they propose. They say "50 percent of citizens of Tehran must leave" or they say "we pay every newborn $1000" (reference to Ahmadinejad's recent comments). Find a solution for the wages of people which either have been reduced or not paid."

... Payvand News - 05/15/10 ... --

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