Mehdi Karoubi, one of the disputing candidates of Iran’s June presidential elections, urged the government to issue election protesters a permit to stage a gathering and thus establish the true number of protesters.
Islamic Republic authorities have repeatedly maintained that protesters are a limited groups of deceived individuals as opposed to the so-called “millions’ that support the government.
The opposition leader’s letter, published today on Saham News Website, invites the government to allow protesters to gather in one of the city’s many squares or even “the deserts of Qom” so that “once and for all, the weight of each social propensity becomes evident without resorting to any force or threats.”
Mehdi Karoubi also criticized the actions of the Guardian Council and called for a free referendum to end the rule of the Council on Iranian elections. He maintained that the Guardian Council is an obstacle to free elections, forming of the Assembly of Experts and independent Islamic councils.