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09/16/10

Iranian authorities tighten grip around opposition leader

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Last night Iranian security forces raided the office of Mir Hossein Mousavi confiscating the computers, books and documents.


Mir Hossein Mousavi

Kaleme website reports that the pressures and restrictions against the opposition leader has now entered a new stage of operation and writes: "The new movements of the security forces speak of the government's future plans."

Yesterday security forces prevented the youth branch of Mehdi Karroubi's National Trust party from meeting with him, and in the past weeks security forces have been stationed in the streets and neighbourhood around Mir Hossein Mousavi's office stopping people from visiting him.

The two disputing candidates of the 2009 presidential elections have refused to accept the legitimacy of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's victory in the elections and have continued to criticize government oppression of protesters in the past year.

The government has steered around arresting the two opposition leaders in view of their prominent positions in the Islamic Republic history and in an attempt, in their own words, "of turning them into heroes."

However, Tehran's prosecutor warned yesterday that the opposition leaders should expect to be brought to trial soon.

Also, the Islamic Republic has stepped up pressure on the opposition leaders in the past two weeks trying to push them further into isolation.

While the authorities have shied away from formal prosecution of the two leaders, in the past year, they have used various tactics to silence their protests.

MirHosein Mousavi has been dismissed from his position as head of the Academy of Fine Arts and become the target of repeated slander and accusations by the authorities, while Mehdi Karroubi's National Trust Party offices have been shut down, his newspaper banned and his home, car and person have been repeatedly attacked by pro-government forces.

The opposition leaders have remained defiant however, interpreting these policies as the sign of the perceived strength of the protest and reform movement.

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