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Karoubi Silenced

Etemad Meli, opposition leader Karoubi’s reformist newspaper, was barred from distribution today for printing Karoubi’s comments. Here are some excerpts of the very well crafted statement which has not been published in the paper but continues to circulate on-line. It shows the opposition realigning itself with the first Supreme Leader Khomeini in an effort to garner support from traditionalists and further alienate the current Supreme Leader from sections of society that support Islamic rule but question the legitimacy of Ayathollah Khamenei’s rule:

My re-emergence into politics was to rekindle the memories and love of the Ayatollah [Khomeini]. It was to reminisce the days of sacrifice and selflessness, not for selfishness and certainly not for degrading others. I came back to elevate the social and political climax, to fix our ailing social and political system. I came to talk about independence and bravery, to protect our youth and [students].

They have attacked people with boots and batons and sent thousands to the hospitals. They have attacked student dorms and pierced the hearts of an innocent girl with a bullet. They have fired on innocent people from the roofs of mosques and have arrested hundreds from the streets and their residence. They have beaten and jailed people and dragged confessions of velvet revolutions from them.

What kind of velvet revolution is this; that two of its leaders (Mousavi and Karroubi) were the most experienced friends of the Ayatollah [Khomeini] and were recognized by the office of the Leader and the Guardian Council as legitimate candidates and had 15 millions supporters.

This election was the most loud, political and impressive moment in the past 30 years.  Unfortunately, it had a lot of incidents as well and has placed the role of the leadership under question. Instead of addressing these questions, they have come up with new threats. Instead of consulting with the people, they are using propaganda, force, batons, guns, bullets, prison and torture, and at the end, they claim that it’s our fault.

I have a few points that I would like to deliver to you faithful people:

1)      The book that was the 10th presidential election will not be forgotten and will go down as the period that [the government] engaged the people of Iran as enemies and raised negative international attention. Nevertheless, this is the time that our courageous people demanded accountability and recognition.

2)      For the martyrs that lost their lives in this period, I pray and wish them to be recognized as genuine martyrs. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who have lost their loved ones. I also wish for a fast recovery for those who have been wounded.

3)      I do not accept the results of the election and the seal of approval that the Guardian Council has given to it. I also do not recognize the victor of the elections and will not attend any of his programs.

4)      As a student and servant of the Imam (Khomeini) I would like to express my appreciation for all the support that we have gotten before and after the elections.

5)      The most important thing in this situation is to maintain the spirit of the revolution and politics and must not give into their demands of forgetting about the results of the elections. I extend my hand to those who are willing to keep our Republic and its Islamic values intact.

I will stand for the people and the revolution till I die and will take all the issues of the nation to my heart and will continue to fight to stir the nation in the path that the Imam (Khomeini) set.

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