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Monday, June 22, 2009

Mousavi and the Clerics

Enduring America reports:

Take 2 — Reliable activists on Twitter indicate that Presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi was in Qom on Monday talking to “senior clerics”.

Add 2 — Within the last two hours, the Assocation of Combatant Clerics, associated with former President Khatami, has issued a statement in support of Mousavi.

Do you get the 4 of a significant upsurge in the movement against the Iranian Government?

I’m not sure, but these developments would explain why the opposition leadership was relatively quiet and unseen today, as scattered demonstrations took place in Tehran. It would also explain why, in the last few hours, Presidential candidate Karroubi has put pressure on the Guardian Council to annul the vote. And I think it would explain why the Mousavi and Karroubi groups have called for a rally on Thursday as a memorial to those who have lost their lives in the demonstrations (including “Neda”, whose own memorial service was blocked by the Iranian authorities).

If this is true, this is a significant challenge. But its problem may be that, having given 72 hours’ notice of the rally, it gives the Government and its agencies time to organise their response, which will no doubt be to block any mass gathering.

link: Iran: 2+2 = A Breakthrough? (Mousavi and the Clerics) | Enduring America


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