Mousavi & Karroubi: Let us demonstrate

"If the opposition were given permission to demonstrate..."

Radio Free Europe: Iranian opposition leaders Mir Hossein Musavi and Mehdi Karrubi have called on officials to allow the opposition movement to hold street protests, saying that even in Egypt people are able to demonstrate.

“Today in Egypt – despite the tension and violence – protesters have been given permission to demonstrate to show which side has greater support. Therefore, we believe that if in Iran the opposition were given permission to demonstrate, it would become clear which side has a popular base and support.” The “Kaleme” website quoted the two as speaking at a meeting on January 31.

At the meeting, which was held at Karrubi’s residence, the two praised the uprising of the Egyptian people and said “dictatorships would sooner or later be annihilated.”

A senior aide to Musavi, Ardeshir Amir Arjomand, who is currently in Europe, said the Iranian leaders should allow the opposition movement to hold peaceful protests on the anniversary of the 1979 revolution so that it would become clear “whether the Iranian establishment is in a better position than Mubarak in Egypt and Ben Ali in Tunis.” >>>


Mash Ghasem

Big street demonstrations is not the most effective method in

by Mash Ghasem on

fighting IR. There are many other methods: Strikes, Community Organizing and Committees, Work-Slow Down,...

Koroubi and Mussavi squandered their previous opportunity. They'll waste this one too as well. Have ZERO illusions about Greens leadership.


Down with Islamic Republic.


You dont get Raped, Tortured and Executed in London or NY...

by Roozbeh_Gilani on

If you participate in a demonstration against the Brirtish or US governments. Have you not learnt that after so many years of living in the Kafir, yet democratic West?!  

"Personal business must yield to collective interest."

Niloufar Parsi

to demonstrate in london or new york

by Niloufar Parsi on

you need to get permission. don't you guys know this?



by AlexInFlorida on



Translation please remove your HEZBOLLAH snipers from roof tops

by AlexInFlorida on

If the Regime would kindly please stop killing demonstrators in large numbers from roof tops and would be so careful as to not rape and torture young demonstrators.  And please don't drive over our assistants or crack the skulls of our older demonstrators with steel clubs by the motor cycle driving basiji's.

Then we could try to get this whole democracy idea working.

please.. pretty please..

Oh and The whole mass graves thing and not allowing hospitals to report the true number of dead people has to go too..





To demonstrate is to be anti-Iran

by Researcher on

There is no need for demonstration , especially in this day age. We see in Egypt that demonstration simply creates disruption, violence and destruction. Nobody believes that opposing forces in Iran are the majority. The minority wants to score points by creating violence and then blame that violence on the government and perpetuate a "revolution" that only benefits the usual enemies of Iran (Israel, US, UK - and by that I mean the imperialist elements and not the average Israeli or American).

Demonstrations must stay illegal.  

G. Rahmanian

Accidental Leaders!

by G. Rahmanian on

Reading the comments I can't help thinking that my friends here are trying to assign roles/responsibilities to people who are not the "real" or willing leaders that we want them to be. They are, as we saw after the fraudulent presidential elections, "accidental leaders" with their own ideological and political limits. Under present cicumstances Mousavi and Karroubi oppose the status quo, but are not calling for regime change. Even after 32 years, we read or hear those who sided with Khomeini claim they didn't know him well or were duped by his promises. I think Mousavi is, at least, being "honest" when he says he wants to return to Khomeini era. Accusing these guys of "faltering" is tantamount to either misunderstanding their positions or expecting too much from individuals who simply cannot deliver. Of course they cannot deliver what is expected of them and they have proven that in many different ways. So, the question should rather be: Where are the real opposition leaders who should be calling for regime change and lead people's movement to the end? In the absence of a viable alternative street demonstrations alone will not bring about any regime change, on their own. Oppositon needs concretr plans of action, otherwise it will be easy for the regime to use all its forces to suppress the protests. In Tehran alone three and a half million Iranians took to the streets almost two years ago. There hasn't been such large scale show of force, since? And why is that?


They Want to Demonstrate in Cairo!

by Faramarz on

I say, let's give them a ticket to Egypt.

They missed the one in Tunis, so they are trying to get ahead of the curve in Cairo!

David ET

اینا همه رو فیلم کردن

David ET

هنوز از آقا اجازه میخوان

Niloufar Parsi

interesting challenge

by Niloufar Parsi on

if the story is true, this is quite a sneaky move. if the authorities refuse pemission, they will look scared. if they agree, they are opening a can of worms.


Soosan Khanoom

you two go to hell !

by Soosan Khanoom on

and yes ... you two stooges should go to hell !

Soosan Khanoom

you two go to hell !

by Soosan Khanoom on

demonstrating for what ?  

first of all we already have a mullah in charge ( khamenei ) so we don't need another one ?

we also have an asshole as our president so we don't need that old fart musavi either ........


now please stop turning Iran to a bloody demonstration scenes for your own ego....

let us hope that for the next election new faces and new voices miraculously get nominated and we get a chance to vote like any other civilized democratic nation ,....  

Arezoo bar javanan eyb neest  .......   haha



by MRX1 on

And who is suppose to issue the permit? is there a permit dept there?  some body should tell lourel and hardy in here to go and smoke their opium. Their fifteen minutes of fame is over. no wonder they both miss the great time they had wihen their beloved imam was alive!

Worcester Mo

Democracy is not given by despots

by Worcester Mo on

You must earn it.  The main problem with this Dumb and Dumber is their fundamental belief in the Islamic Constitution and at it's core clerical leadership.  Maybe Iran can not be compared to Tunisia but why do Iranians- myself included- need a leader before people demonstrate?  Where is the spontaneity? 


مرحله ورود به انقلاب پنبه ای


J-Javid said it the best way possiable,  thank you.

(Do protesters need permission to demonstrate? Against a regime that does not respect the most basic rights of its citizens? )

If you're  able to milk a chicken, then you would be able to get somthing solid out of these guys mouths.

And how  on earth can you ever forget that these guys are the back bone of this nahsti rejim and still support  the Valayateh Safih ideology.

This is the right time to wake up and be realistic people.


Ask people

by statira on

to protest not  the government. The problem with these two guys is that they dont have enough guts.


Baba BiKheyal

by ali_aaa on

Mosavi va Karroubi ro bikheyal:


کس نخارد پشت من جز ناخن انگشت من

hamsade ghadimi

some questions

by hamsade ghadimi on

did the protesters forget to tell these fools (mousavi and karoubi) that they already planned demonstrations without permits? //iranian.com/main/blog/david-et/14 

did egyptians get permits from their government to ride with camels and horses through tahrir square? //weaselzippers.us/2011/02/02/egypt-pro-regime-thugs-attacking-protesters-riding-camels/

did the protesters in tunisia, yemen, jordan and other parts of the middle east filed the proper paperwork with the government before their protests?

on a side note, why is the couch that khomeini's golden boys are sitting on covered with a blue sheet?

why are these two clowns seemingly laughing and enjoying themselves?

enquiring minds want to know.



by afshinazad on

What is it with these people? How long they have to fool people and distract the public, don’t these morons understand that Islamic system is no longer will have the support among new generations and every day these young people are asking their parents why you screwed our future by removing Shah and every time these young generation look at their family album they ask their parents were you stupid or you were lost your bloody mind to give modern life to this misery.

Iranian does not need any ones permission or any bloody permit to go demonstrate against evil.

Young and old must come out and this is not a choice but it is obligation of every single Iranian to save the country and the nation from these occupiers who has no respect to humanity and freedom and our culture and way of our living. They are not doing it for me or any one like me who am out of Iran; they should it for themselves and their future for free and democratic country.

MOUSAVI OR KAROBI are no one but left hand of regime for balancing and distraction otherwise why would they talk about golden years of Khomeini which was a massacring Iranian since 1979 to 1989

Jahanshah Javid

Agha ejaazeh?

by Jahanshah Javid on

Do protesters need permission to demonstrate? Against a regime that does not respect the most basic rights of its citizens?

I guess Tunisians, Egyptians, Jordanians... should have asked for permission before rising against their terrible rulers.

What are these two thinking? What lost opportunities...


The show

by Fred on

And the loyal "opposition" show goes on.