The new Islamic revolution
January 1, 2010 4:28 PM Subscribe
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Six days ago, Seyed Ali Mousavi, nephew of Iranian opposition leader and figurehead of the Green Movement Mir Hossein Mousavi [wikipedia | facebook
] was shot dead during the latest round of protests in Tehran
; Seyed Ali had apparently been threatened by the police
, and had recently lost his position at the Iran Academy of Arts and Sciences. After burying his nephew amidst government-sponsored protests
on Wednesday, Mir Hossein Mousavi showed renewed resolve in a statement on his website
which read in part: "I’m not afraid to be one of the people’s martyrs in their struggle for their just demands... My blood is no redder than theirs," and quoted the words of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, founder of the republic: "Kill us; we will only become stronger.
" [New York Times | Times Onlines (UK) | Al-Jazeera | Payvan Iran | Iran Focus News | Reuters | BBC
In the past weeks and days, Iran has found itself in the grip of a growing crisis. Six months ago, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad retained the presidency by defeating reformer Mir Hossein Mousavi in what many people have called a rigged election; since then, a rising tide of dissension against the government, dubbed the Green Movement
, has sought to reform government through peaceful protests and legal channels. The government has meanwhile apparently chosen a hard-line response, cracking down on protests harshly and killing several dozen activists involved.
Mousavi is no stranger to revolution; he and his wife were imprisoned twenty-one years ago for organizing protests which in part precipitated the overthrow of the Shah, and Mousavi himself was a friend and associate of Ayatollah Khomeini in those days. In the late 1980s, Mousavi served as the last Prime Minister of Iran until the post was dissolved in 1989.
Tehran awoke this New Year's Day to a standing police force in the streets maintaining control of all major downtown intersections. While he has some support among the religious leaders, several clerics have been vociferous in their condemnation of Mousavi and his compatriots, particularly Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, who called them "flagrant examples of the corrupt on earth" and urged their swift execution "as in the early days of the revolution."
In just a few weeks, on February 11, The Republic of Iran will celebrate its twenty-first anniversary.