O desafio de Mousavi
Angel Boligan, «El Universal»
Estão previstos mais protestos no Irão para 11 de Fevereiro, dia do aniversário da fundação da República Islâmica, e o governo pretende executar mais nove manifestantes pelo crime de moharebeh, guerrear contra Deus. No seu site, o líder da oposição Mir Hossein Moussavi disse que a República Islâmica falhou na maior parte dos seus objectivos iniciais:
[…] “Today, one can identify both elements and foundations which produce dictatorship as well as resistance against returning to this dictatorship,” he said.
“Stifling the media, filling the prisons and brutally killing people who peacefully demand their rights in the streets indicate the roots of tyranny and dictatorship remain from the monarchist era. I don’t believe that the revolution achieved its goals,” Mr Mousavi added
[…] Mr Mousavi’s statement marks a new line of attack. Until now, despite fiercely criticising Mr Ahmadinejad’s re-election, he has continued to support the Iranian system of Islamic government. But his latest comments suggest that he is now willing to challenge the foundations of the Islamic republic. An aggressive response from the government seems likely, with more violent crackdowns on demonstrations expected.
The government has already warned against demonstrations to coincide with the anniversary of the ouster of the shah. Yet some resilient young men and women, especially in Tehran, the capital, are expected to risk taking to the streets again. Mr Mousavi is not alone in encouraging them. Muhammad Khatami, a reformist former president, has called for peaceful protests next week. A peaceful official response is most unlikely.