What a Shock

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on February 12, 2011

I mean, who didn’t see this coming?

An interior ministry official said on Saturday Iran will not allow the opposition to hold a rally in support of Arab uprisings which regime backers believe to be a ploy for fresh anti-government protests.

Opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi had sought ministry permission to stage a rally on Monday which they said was to show solidarity with the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt.

“These elements are fully aware of the illegal nature of the request. They know they will not be granted permission for riots,” Mehdi Alikhani Sadr, a senior official at the ministry’s political bureau, told Fars news agency.

Kudos to the Obama Administration for calling Iran out on this latest attempt to suppress popular freedoms. One wishes that the Administration would have been as forceful back in 2009 in speaking out against human rights abuses in Iran. The Iranian people might have been able to effect positive change, and the United States might have been able to advance its security interests by getting rid of an unfriendly, and destabilizing regime.

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