Archive for the ‘Karroubi’ Category

Karroubi Target of Protests

March 15, 2010

A small group of Iranian hardliners surrounded the Tehran home of opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi Sunday, chanting death slogans and calling for the two time former parliament speaker to be put on trial.

The Fars news agency identified the crowd as “students and families of martyrs” of the Iran-Iraq war, which began in 1980 and ended in 1988. Photos taken during the protests showed the building had been defaced with red coloring and slogans pronouncing “Death to Karroubi” had been written on the walls. The death threats also extended to opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi and former president Mohammad Khatami.

The Fars news agency quoted the protesters as chanting: “We want the judiciary to put the leaders of sedition on trial as soon as possible.”

According to an AFP report, some of the protesters held signs that read: “Karroubi is a Mossad agent”—linking the two-time former parliament speaker to Israel’s intelligence service.

This is not the first time Karroubi has been the target of protest following the disputed June 12 presidential elections which the opposition claims was rigged. Karroubi was attacked by hardliners during Iran’s annual revolution day rally on February 11 and his car was shot at earlier in January in the city of Qazvin west of Tehran.

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Iran Shuts Down Major Opposition Publications

March 2, 2010

Iranian authorities on Monday shut down two major opposition publications linked to opposition leader Mehdi Karrubi.

The closure comes in the midst of a campaign of media closures and Internet censorship, as websites in Iran slowed and cell phone SMS capabilities have been periodically jammed.

The daily newspaper Etemad and the weekly magazine Iran Dokht, both linked to Karroubi—the opposition leader who has recently called for a referendum—were reported closed Monday. The closure comes after a ruling last week by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, that opposition leaders Karroubi and Mir Hossain Moussavi have no place in politics.

The same day, opposition website Jaras reported four journalists and one university professor were released after being held in detention for two months. It also said up to 20,000 people were arrested, some of whom were released shortly after, during the Revolution Day protests February 11. According to The New York Times, the website went on to say the figure had been leaked from internal communications among the three divisions of the security forces: the police, the Revolutionary Guards Corps and the Basiji militia.

In an interview with the website Kaleme, Moussavi spoke critically of the regime and said the government’s tactics resembled “the thinking and character from before the revolution.”