And So It Begins (Again)?

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on February 13, 2011

Those wondering whether the revolutionary forces that swept through Tunisia and Egypt would find their way to Iran may well have their answer:

Iranian opposition leaders are moving forward with plans to hold a rally Monday in Tehran in support of successful anti-government uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia.

Iran’s Interior Ministry has refused to grant permission for the rally, which one government official has termed “riots for seditionists.”

Iranian reformist leader Mehdi Karroubi has been placed under house arrest, presumably in connection with the request to stage the rally. But on Sunday a renewed call for the demonstration appeared on both Karroubi’s website and one belonging to another opposition leader, Mir Hossein Mousavi.

A statement on Karroubi’s website Kaleme called the Iranian government’s restrictions a sign of “weakness and fear” over the “most peaceful” civil and political demonstration.

At the very least, this is a deeply brave–if isolated–act on the part of the Green Movement. At the most, it may be the start of something very serious in Iran. Developing . . .

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