01 Jan 2010 19:35
Press Roundup provides a selected summary of news from the Iranian press, and excerpts where the source is in English. The link to the news organization or blog is provided at the top of each item. Tehran Bureau has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy. Please refer to the Media Guide to help put the story in perspective.
Rezai appeals to Supreme Leader on behalf of Mousavi
Tabnak | Jan. 1, 2009
Mohsen Rezai, a presidential candidate in the June election and Secretary of the Expediency Council, said Mir Hossein Mousavi's [statement in which he appears to] retreat from rejecting Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's government can help unite the nation.
In a letter to Iran's Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, Rezai said that the mass participation of Iranians in Wednesday's [pro-government] rally... not only made up for the embarrassment of the Ashura [anti-government demonstrations], but will also play an important role in neutralizing any plots against the country.
"I was among the demonstrators from Ferdowsi Square to Tehran University and personally witnessed the raw emotions and the love that people have for Imam Hossein (PBUH), the Leadership and the sacred establishment of the Islamic Republic," Rezai said. "All classes and political parties were present in the crowd."
"This is the first time since the [June 12] election that the Iranian nation was seen united as one. I saw countless women, men and youth from up close. While they were upset by the Ashura incidents, they had tears of joy in their eyes as a result of feeling themselves under the light of Imam Hossein (PBUH) and the Leadership. Yesterday's demonstration was a manifestation of the Qoranic verse to hold fast to the divine cord and not become disunited."
"This event can be the start of a new movement to help the development of the country and to help resolve the worries and ambiguities in the country's economic investments and other activities. But I have no doubt that on the one hand the radicals of both sides [of the political spectrum] and the crouching enemies of the Iranian nation with their rage on the other hand will make efforts to neutralize the achievements of this great movement."
"Mr. Mousavi's retreat from rejecting the [legitimacy of the] Ahmadinejad administration and his constructive proposal for Majlis and the Judiciary to execute their legal obligations by making the government answerable, despite being late, can be the start of a motion to unite the opposition with the rest of the nation. "
Rezai asked the Leader to issue a statement or deliver a speech that would guide the people toward unity now that the ground had been prepared.
Mousavi speaks out
EA | Jan. 1, 2010
For the commemoration of Ashura, despite several requests, neither [Mehdi] Karroubi, [Mohammad] Khatami, nor I or any other friend issued any statement. Yet people spontaneously came to the scene and showed that the extensive social networks formed spontaneously during and after the election would not wait for statements and announcements. While people neither had any accompanying or encouraging newspaper nor had the benefit of the state-run television and radio... all the nations and people of the world witnessed that in the middle of a storm of threats, propaganda, insults, and Godless callings, the mourners of Imam Hossein [Prophet Mohammad's grandson] on this holy day, while calling on Hossein, peacefully and without chanting any radical slogans, took to the streets and squares which they had chosen themselves, and this time they again faced provocative actions. Unbelievable brutalities like running people over by cars, shooting at people by the plainclothes militia whose identity is not hidden from anyone..., creating a disaster whose consequences will not leave the political scene of our country anytime soon. continued...
Seven Ashura protesters to be tried
Tabnak | Jan. 1, 2010
Reports suggested that cases against seven people accused of desecrating the ideals of the revolution have been referred to the Revolution Court for trial.
According to Tabnak, the court will try the seven suspects from Sunday through Tuesday. The cases of another group of protesters detained on Ashura will also be brought before court soon.
Tehran prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi had earlier announced that no leniency would be shown in dealing with the Ashura defilers.
Intelligence Ministry gives opposition ultimatum
Tabak | Jan. 1, 2009
The Intelligence Ministry warned the "deceived" that they should use their last chance to part ways with foreigners who are exploiting them or else suffer the consequences.
In a statement issued on Thursday, the ministry claimed that "the Islamic Republic enjoys full popular support and authority," and "dreams of velvet revolutions and soft wars will never become reality nor succeed."
The statement added that in order to enable the people to differentiate between right and wrong the heads of sedition and the agents behind acts of sacrilege had thus far been shown leniency.
"Given the concrete evidence obtained by the intelligence ministry regarding the relations between certain seditionists with counter revolutionary cells and foreigners, once again and as an ultimatum, they are warned to stop allowing foreigners, who seek control over Iran, and Iranians have bitter memories of them, to toy with them and use the limited opportunity they have been granted to part ways with them [foreigners] or else without any considerations [of leniency] they will be legally dealt with."