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‘Reformist Clerics’ Back Out Of Iran Rally

From a relieved Agence France-Pressee:

Iranian rally organiser backs down

by Jay Deshmukh

TEHRAN (AFP) – An Iranian group that had planned to organise a rally on Saturday backed down after authorities warned of consequences if they went ahead in defiance of the supreme leader’s call for a halt to protest.

The reformist Combatant Clerics Assembly said "permission was asked to hold a rally, but since it has not been issued, there will be no rally held."

Only minutes earlier, the interior ministry said no rally anywhere in the country was authorised and warned that "those who violate this will be confronted according to the law."

Another organiser of the planned rally, supporters of defeated candidate Mehdi Karroubi, have not yet announced if they will demonstrate or not.

Police said the organisers of any future rallies would be arrested, with the police chief saying firm action would be taken against any demonstration.

Witnesses had reported late on Friday that uniformed and helmeted members of the hardline Basij militia had been deployed in Tehran streets, carrying clubs and some of them Kalashnikov rifles

An aide to Karroubi had told AFP early on Saturday that a rally would be held in Tehran at 4:00 pm (1130 GMT)…

In demanding an end to protests, Khamenei warned that otherwise there could be further bloodshed beyond the seven deaths reported by state radio.

Amnesty International said on Friday it had information of up to 10 deaths.

Beyond Khamenei’s general warning, Mousavi was singled out by the head of Iran’s security council on Saturday for a specific one.

"Your national duty tells you to refrain from provoking illegal gatherings," Abbas Mohtaj, who is also deputy interior minister, said in a letter to him.

"Should you provoke and call for these illegal rallies you will be responsible for the consequences," he said

Somehow the reformist Combatant Clerics Assembly don’t sound very “reformist” or “Combatant.”

Instead, they sure do sound like your typically courageous Muslim clerics. Which is to say, they are natural born slaves.

This rally was probably never anything more than a ruse, anyway. They probably always intended to back down and accept the Supreme Leader’s diktat.

This way it looks like everybody’s grievances have been placated.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, June 20th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “‘Reformist Clerics’ Back Out Of Iran Rally”

  1. “This rally was probably never anything more than a ruse, anyway. ”

    That was my thought on reading the first few lines.. The ol “one breaks off and the rest shall fall” deal.

    I hope their youth keep up the pressure.

  2. bronzeprofessor says:

    It seems like most people are predicting that even with a crackdown, Iran won’t be the same. The protestors know they have the critical mass to resist from now on, and the clerics know that time and evolution aren’t on their side.

    So there is cause for hope even though this is obviously extremely depressing. In Asia in the 1980s, the overthrow of Marcos in the Philippines set off a wave of democratic movements which culminated in Tiananmen. Some revolutions like So. Korea succeeded, while others, like in China, obviously didn’t overtly succeed but nonetheless pressured people to make gradual changes.

    Nobody can predict but I wouldn’t be surprised if Iran’s events set off sparks of other calls for reforms in other parts of the Middle East.

  3. MinnesotaRush says:

    “The reformist Combatant Clerics Assembly” .. is that the four dudes in the picture hiding behind a wall and covering their heads with a rug???

    “..the interior ministry said no rally anywhere in the country was authorised and warned that “those who violate this will be confronted according to the law.”

    You can bet o-blah-blah’s DHS Janet babe is taking notes on this mandate.

    “Your national duty tells you to refrain from provoking illegal gatherings,”

    A new line for o-blah-blah in responding to the TEA parties.

    o-blah-blah: “Ahhh, errrrr, ..Your national duty! .. tells you .. uhhhhh .. to refrain from provoking .. uhhhhh .. illegal gatherings.”

    • MinnesotaRush says:

      Seriously though .. God Bless and Grace those Iranians (and all) who are seeking true democracy that brings with it honest freedoms and liberties!


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