More than a thousand youth marched in the city of Ardakan
on Thursday (February 17, 2011) to express their unwavering support for former
President Mohammad Khatami (who is now considered one of the leaders of the
Green opposition movement).
Mohammad Khatami is part of the Green Opposition
The march, which was mainly in response to the wave of attacks
against the former President in recent days, was largely peaceful and according
to reports, the police's handling of the spontaneous demonstration was
"respectful." Many of the protesters who chanted slogans in support of Khatami
were on motorbikes and were steadily joined by other citizens who voiced their
backing for the reformist politician. Ardakan is Khatami's home city.
Following pro-opposition protests on 14 February, many in the
conservative camp including members of Iran's conservative parliament called for
the trial and execution of the leaders of Iran's Green Movement Mousavi,
Karroubi and Khatami.