Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi
Ardeshir Amirarjmand, who has emerged as the opposition's top
spokesman for the opposition movement since Mousavi's house arrest one week ago,
told Kaleme website: "Incarceration and imposing restrictions on the proud
friends of the movement, far from discouraging the people, create a fresh and
stronger motivation for protesters to persist in attaining their legitimate
Government pressure on Mousavi and Karroubi was heightened after they began calling for renewed protests to take place last Monday. For more than a week, both men have been kept prisoner in their own homes deprived from any contact with the outside world.
iron gate blocking the alley that leads to Mousavi's house
Amirarjmand, a top aide to Mousavi, pointed to Sunday's massive deployment of
security forces in Tehran and other major cities, adding: "As we had predicted,
the atmosphere of fear and intimidation created by the presence of plainclothes
and special security forces did not prevent people from commemorating their
martyrs and protesting against oppression."
The Coordination Council of the Green Path of Hope had called on its supporters to take to the streets Sunday to honour the memory of Saneh Jaleh and Mohammad Mokhtari, who were killed during protests last Monday.
According to human rights websites, hundreds of people were arrested Sunday in Tehran along with many more in other major cities, including Shiraz and Rasht.
Islamic Republic authorities have made every effort to play down the scale of protests in the past week, and Iranian media have mostly ignored the events.
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