Following the demonstrations by opposition supporters on Februrary 14 in Tehran and other cities in Iran, Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi in short statements congratulated the Iranian nation and and strongly condemned the violence that led to the martyrdom and injury of a number of citizens. They also emphasized that the most valuable pride of the Green Movement is in its independence and its reliance on the great power of the people.
Mir Hossein Mousavi (L) and Mehdi Karroubi
Full text of Mir Hossein Mousavi's message to the nation is as follows:
To the honorable nation of Iran,
I salute you. The glorious demonstrations of February 14th, 2011, [which is] a great achievement for our nation and the Green Movement, took place despite the skepticism by many with the participation of male and female warriors representing all segments of our society. Your glorious movement was attacked on two fronts, on the one hand by the power mongers whose goal is to continue to hold on to money and power and on the other hand by foreigners and international opportunists who look for their own interests; both seeking to attribute this [Green] movement to Zionism, the United States and their allies.
The pride of the Green Movement is in its independence and its reliance on the immense strength of the great people of Iran. The Green Movement has always maintained its independence from foreign influence. Its values and main goal has always been to revive the ideals and aspirations of Imam Khomeini (founder of the Islamic Republic) and the Islamic Revolution and to support the various demands of the noble nation of Iran in its quest for freedom. The Green Movement has always sought to achieve its goals through peaceful means, emphasizing the fundamental principles of human dignity, recognizing our nations right to sovereignty and determining their own destiny and demanding the unconditional adherence to the Constitution. As your humble companion, I congratulate you on the occasion of your amazing perseverance and wish to express my deepest condolences on the martyrdom of the beloved children of our proud nation.
Mir Hossein Mousavi
Tehran, 15 February 2011
protesters confronted by security forces in Tehran - February 14, 2011
Full text of Mehdi Karroubi's message to the nation is as follows:
As the honorable people of Iran are aware, we announced the Green Movement's solidarity with the recent anti-authoritarian uprisings in the Middle East and requested a permit in good faith, despite the fact that there was no need for such a permission, in order to hold a rally on February 14th 2011 in support of the recent victory of the Muslim nations of Tunisia and Egypt. Unfortunately, since issuing this request we have faced nothing but insults from newspapers and media outlets associated with the government. In addition, in order to prevent us from joining the people and participating in the demonstrations our telephone communications have been cut off and we have been forced into house arrest.
Based on the reports we have received the peaceful demonstrations by the people once again turned violent as a result of the behavior of individuals whose role and affiliation with specific institutions is evident to all, leading to mass injuries and numerous arrests.
We were also informed of the unfortunate martyrdom of a student named Sane' Zhaleh and a second citizen Mohammad Mokhtari. In addition to strongly condemning these brutal and inhumane acts, we would like to express our condolences to the families of these two great Iranian citizens and warn [the government] to remove the cotton balls from their ears and hear the voices of the people before it is too late. Violent acts and opposition to the demands of the people will only work for so long. Avoid the fate of other governments and learn from the people.
Free political prisoners and remove your suffocating hands from the throats of independent newspapers and media outlets. Remain faithful to the promise and covenant you have made with the people known as the Constitution.
I remain faithful to the promise and covenant I made with the people and their demands, to the ideals of Imam Khomeini and the Islamic Revolution of 1979. I hereby announce that I do not fear threats and just as I demonstrated in 1963 as a humble soldier of the nation of Iran, I will continue to pay whatever price necessary on this glorious path.
15 February 2011
With special thanks to Banooye Sabz for English translations
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