Iran’s Green Wave Calling For Protests


Al Jazeera is reporting that Iranian opposition leaders are calling for nationwide marches against the government on Monday.

Protesters, apparently inspired by recent demonstrations in Egypt and Tunisia, are said to be organizing marches across the country under the umbrella of the country’s Green movement. Also known as Green Wave, the movement made headlines after the disputed 2009 presidential re-election of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Monday’s protests have been called at the behest of Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, both of whom were backed by the movement as opposition presidential candidates in the election two years ago.

A Facebook page calling for demonstrations has over 48,000 followers.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard has already promised to forcefully confront any protesters, according to Al Jazeera.

While it remains to be seen if Monday’s protests materialize, there are reports that at least 14 activists have been arrested in recent days and that Karroubi has been placed under house arrest.

Among those reportedly being held are some of Mousavi’s inner circle and reformist-leaning former government officials.

Some Iranian officials have suggested parallels between the February 11, 1979, overthrow of the Shah of Iran and the resignation on Friday of Egypt’s president, Hosni Mubarak, under public pressure.

Both Iran’s Supreme leader, Ayatollah Sayyad Ali Khamenei, and Ahmadinejad, have made statements comparing the toppling of Mubarak with that of the Shah. Despite that public support, however, Iran blocked access to the BBC’s Persian TV service due to its coverage of the revolt in Egypt.

Yesterday, US Vice President Joe Biden urged the Iranian government to let the people of Iran march and speak out.

“I say to our Iranian friends: let your people march, let your people speak, release your people from jail, let them have a voice,” Biden said.

The comments came on the anniversary of Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution and shortly after Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak resigned following massive protests aimed at bringing down his 30 years of rule.


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