Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Iranian Lawmakers Call for the Death of Protest Leaders

For several weeks, the higher-ups in Iran compared the protests in Egypt to their own in 1979.  Iranian clerics and officials also called it an Islamic Revolution.

That favor has clearly passed.  Inspired by the successful revolution in Egypt, tens of thousands of Iranians marched through the streets of Iran yesterday.  In response, the government and police murdered dozens of citizens and arrested hundreds more.

Even worst, the travesty that is the Iranian government literally chanted and screamed, quote, "Moussavi, Karroubi must be executed."  Of course, Mehdi Karrubi and Mir Hossein Moussavi are opposition leaders in Iran who are outspoken critics of the government's abuses.

The video can be seen below:

CNN continues:
Last week, the Iranian government rounded up activists after Karrubi and Moussavi called for supporters to gather at Azadi Square -- the site of mass protests by Iran's opposition movement after the disputed 2009 presidential elections.

Despite the security crackdown, tens of thousands of demonstrators marched in Tehran Monday.

Patrolling security forces battled protesters with batons and tear gas for much of the day.

The massive crowd was largely cleared from the city's streets by nightfall and the main squares near Tehran University remained free of police, security forces or protesters.
As with their protests in 2009, President Obama has not voiced support for the Iranian people's right to assemble.  This comes at a time when the President did indeed support the revolution in Egypt; why he has supported one and not the other remains unclear.

This question is especially pertinent when video such as this is uncovered:

What you saw above (or not, if you did not watch), was Iranian police going into a crowd of civilians and bystanders and beating them with clubs.

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