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Mousavi Statement on Recent Events in the Arab World

29 Jan 2011 21:13Comments
4549_1100854961412_1227825397_30362833_587636_n.jpgMir Hossein Mousavi has issued a statement linking the events in Tunisia and Egypt to the aftermath of the Iranian presidential election in 2009. The English translation posted on his Kalame website, previously published here, has been replaced by one provided by Ahmad Sadri.

January 28th, 2011

[ dispatch ] The Middle East is on the brink of great events that could affect the future of the nations of this region and the rest of the world. Certainly the ultimate aim of what is happening is the disruption of the unjust order that has captured the fate of many nations of this region in its talons. There is no doubt that the starting point of the events we are witnessing in the streets of Tunis, Sana'a, Cairo, Alexandria, and Suez must be sought in the massive demonstrations of June 14, 17, and 19 [2009] of Tehran. On those days, people took to the streets with the slogan of "Where is my vote?" to peacefully demand their trampled rights.

Today the slogan of "Where is my vote?" of the Iranian people is echoed in the slogan of "The people demand the overthrow of the regime" in Cairo, Suez, and Alexandria. To find the roots of these connections and similarities we need not go too far afield. It suffices to compare the manner of the recent elections in Egypt with that of our own, where the head of the "Guardian Council" blithely states that there is no need for the votes of millions of "Green" citizens. If we monitor the collapsing regimes of the Arab world and the Middle East, we will see that in all these regimes social networks, the press, and the virtual space have been assaulted and that the Internet, the messaging, and mobile systems are shut down. Everywhere pens are broken and dissidents are imprisoned.

Unfortunately, the interests lurking behind ruling ideologies in this country don't allow the realities to show themselves as they are. Subservient orators speaking from official podiums turn a blind eye to the corrupt and tyrannical activities of the Pharaoh of Egypt who has created this explosive situation by arrests, forced confessions, legal harassment, and the plundering of the people at the hands of well-connected cliques. They underline the Egyptian "day of people's anger," but fail to mention that this day of anger is the result of inefficiency and corruption at the highest levels, squandering of public funds, restriction of written and spoken word, and executions and executions and executions, the setting up of gallows in public to terrorize the people. They don't say that if the regime respected the sovereignty of the people to determine their own fate and if it refrained from stealing the recent Egyptian elections, it would not be facing the demand of "overthrow of the system" by the respected people of Egypt. Or maybe they are not aware that the continuation of the policy of domination and terror finally turns into its own opposite, rendering the "day of anger" and days of national fury inevitable. The Pharaohs usually hear the voice of the people when it is too late.

Our nation admires the glorious revolution of the people of Tunisia and the uprising of the people of Egypt and Yemen and other nations in the region to attain their rights. We salute the courageous and vigilant people of Egypt, Tunisia, Jordan, and Yemen and implore the merciful God to grant them victory in their struggles to achieve their rights.

-- Mir Hossein Mousavi

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