Iran General NewsDictatorship exists in Iran despite revolution: Mousavi

Dictatorship exists in Iran despite revolution: Mousavi

-

ImageAFP: Opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi said Tuesday the 1979 Islamic revolution had failed to achieve its goals as the "roots of tyranny and dictatorship" that marked the shah's era still exist.

ImageTEHRAN, Iran (AFP) — Opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi said Tuesday the 1979 Islamic revolution had failed to achieve its goals as the "roots of tyranny and dictatorship" that marked the shah's era still exist.

In a strongly worded interview posted on his website Kaleme.org, Mousavi said he no longer believed, as he once did, "that the revolution had removed all those structures which could lead to totalitarianism and dictatorship."

"Today, one can identify both elements and foundations which produce dictatorship as well as resistance against returning to this dictatorship," he said.

"Stifling the media, filling the prisons and brutally killing people who peacefully demand their rights in the streets indicate the roots of tyranny and dictatorship remain from the monarchist era… I don't believe that the revolution achieved its goals."

Mousavi, who has spearheaded the anti-government protests since the disputed re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad last June, made the remarks ahead of the 31st anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution on February 11.

The violent protests against Ahmadinejad have triggered one of the worst crises in the Islamic republic's history, rocked the pillars of the regime and divided the nation's clergy.

Celebrations marking the 1979 return from exile of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini began on Monday and will climax on February 11, the anniversary of the fall of shah who had ruled Iran for nearly four decades.

Latest news

The World Must Acknowledge the Iranian People’s Right to Self-defense

Victor Hugo once said: “When dictatorship is a fact, revolution becomes a right.” Throughout history, this has been the...

Iran: 60% Of Population Is Poor

The livelihood baskets of the Iranian people are shrinking dramatically. This, in turn, has introduced new concerns to protect...

The implications of EU’s terrorist designation of the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC)

The European Parliament called on January 18 for the European Union to list Iran's Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) as a...

Iran’s Regime Is Hiding Human Rights Violations In Its Prisons

With more than four months into Iran’s latest round of nationwide uprisings, the brutality of the Iranian regime’s security...

How Internet Censorship Is Damaging Iran’s Economy

While in the last four months, internet access in Iran has been cut off or severely limited, the regime’s...

Iran Regime’s Upcoming Budget Bill Will Lead To More Protests

On January 12, the Iranian regime’s president Ebrahim Raisi handed over the country’s budget bill to the parliament.  According...

Must read

Rafsanjani prevented from speaking on May Day in Iran

Iran Focus: Tehran, May 01 – A packed Azadi...

Fist-fight at Iran’s Majlis

Iran Focus: Tehran, Oct. 21 – A fist-fight broke...

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you