Monday, February 14, 2011

Iranians in Solidarity with Tunisian and Egyptian Revolutionaries

[Image: Meydan-e Azadi, Tehran, 2009]

“Iranian pro-democracy activists and opposition figures Mir Hossein Moussavi and Mehdi Karroubi have called for peaceful rallies across the country today, on the 25th of Bahman (February 14), to express solidarity for the spreading democratic movements in Egypt and Tunisia, and, implicitly, to revitalize their own popular civil rights movement, known as the Green Movement. In Tehran, the planned rally is to conclude at Meydan-e Azadi (Freedom Square), the counterpart to Egypt’s Meydan al-Tahrir (Liberation Square). It is one site where millions of Iranians gathered over the six months following the rigged presidential elections of June 2009 to demand free and fair elections; accountability for government repression during the election and its aftermath, including for systematic torture, beatings, rapes and killings; the release of all political prisoners; and their full rights to freedom of speech, press, and assembly. The brutality unleashed on Iran’s popular Green Movement drove it away from street protests, but the movement’s demands are still alive and looking for opportunities to assert themselves.”--Leili Kashani

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