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Iran, Libya Clamp Down On Protesters

From a non-judgmental Agence France-Presse:

Iranian members of parliament shout slogans calling for the execution of opposition leaders.

Iran regime calls for ‘hatred’ rally against opposition

February 16, 2011

TEHRAN (AFP) – Iran’s regime said it called a rally in Tehran for Friday to express "hatred" against the opposition movement, as its two key leaders launched fresh anti-government tirades despite demands they be hanged

"The noble people of Tehran will take to Enghelab Square after Friday prayers with their solid and informed presence," the Islamic Propagation Coordination Council, which organises regime-backed programmes, said Wednesday.

It said those joining the rally will "scream out their hatred, wrath and disgust against the savage crimes and evil movements of sedition leaders, their Monafeghin (hypocrites) and their monarchist allies."

The Iranian regime sounds almost as angry at the protesters over there as our ruling elite get about Tea Party supporters here in our own country.

Opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi have been in the firing line since they called a rally on Monday in support of Arab uprisings but which quickly turned into anti-government demonstrations and ended in clashes that left two people dead and several wounded.

Both are under de facto house arrest and Karoubi’s son, Hossein, said Wednesday, in a statement on his father’s Sahamnews.org website, that "security forces are currently occupying my house… after breaking into the building…they are searching my and my family’s personal belongings."

Iranian officials accuse arch-foes the United States, Britain and Israel of influencing the opposition chiefs, but supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Wednesday their efforts will fail.

"When people are in the arena, it (US) cannot do anything against the determined will (of the people)", he said, referring to the United States and indicating that Iran’s Islamic regime had strong support of masses.

Iran’s prosecutor general Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejeie warned that action would be taken against Mousavi and Karroubi, a day after lawmakers demanded they be executed.

"The heads of seditions are the people who should be punished for their criminal acts and God willing actions in this regard are being taken," Mohseni Ejeie said, according to Fars news agency.

"People have given them their punishment, but people also have a legitimate right to demand (punishment) from the judiciary which we hope we would be able to fulfill."

The authorities were infuriated when thousands of anti-government protesters took to streets of Tehran Monday, leading to clashes with riot-police.

Aside from the two deaths, officials reported several people injured, including nine members of the security forces.

The protests, the first anti-government demonstration since February 11 last year, took place despite Mousavi and Karroubi not being able to join them in the streets after their houses were blockaded by the security forces…

Also from the Agence France-Presse:

Clash breaks out as Libya braced for ‘Day of Anger’

February 16, 2011

TRIPOLI (AFP) – Fourteen people were injured in clashes in the city of Benghazi, a Libyan newspaper said on Wednesday, as the country braced for a "Day of Anger" following the revolts in neighbouring Egypt and Tunisia.

The paper, Quryna, said 14 people were injured in the clashes between security forces and demonstrators in the eastern city of Benghazi late on Tuesday, in what it branded the work of "saboteurs" among the protesters

One of the Facebook groups calling for a "Day of Anger" in Libya and anti-regime protest that had 4,400 members on Monday more than doubled in number to 9,600 by Wednesday morning after the Benghazi unrest.

Three demonstrators and 10 members of the security forces were injured, a hospital director said, quoted in Quryna, which is close to Kadhafi’s son, Seif al-Islam, without identifying the other casualty…

Police had used force to disperse the crowd gathered outside a police post in Benghazi, it said, while the BBC quoted witnesses as saying stones were thrown at police who responded with tear gas, water cannon and rubber bullets…

But the crowd of protesters grew and they began chanting anti-regime slogans such as "The people will end the corruption" and "The blood of the martyrs will not be in vain," before police moved in to disperse them.

Soon afterwards, state television showed hundreds of demonstrators in the streets of Benghazi as well as Tripoli, Syrte and Sebha in support for Kadhafi, who seized power in a 1969 coup which ousted a Western-backed monarchy…

Don’t worry. Nothing will come of these protests in Iran or Libya.

These kind of demonstrations only have any effect upon regimes that are reluctant to gun down their own citizens.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, February 16th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Iran, Libya Clamp Down On Protesters”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    “…police who responded with tear gas, water cannon and rubber bullets…”

    My Gawd! Where’s the ACLU and Code Stink? Don’t they know that these people are being treated worse than the detainees in Gitmo? And they haven’t even been formally accused of doing anything wrong!!! Gosh, they’re just “people like us” who want “freedom” and “peace” and (wait for it) …A better life. Where’s the justice….Where’s the humanity?

    I remember, back in 1969 the celebrations in the streets when King Idris of Libya was dethroned and Gaad-awfully took over, after blowing up some BOAC airliners. You mean to tell me that it was all for naught? That it didn’t bring about the end of civil strife and poverty? That the “new leader” was so much better than the “old leader”? I’m shocked…shocked I tells ya!

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    I am in awe……where is the bullet dodger on this (hillary)?
    OOOOOOH….I forget!
    “These” protesters have rights but yet here in America…..
    You get the gist.

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