This weblog was created to act as a platform for the voice of secular pro-democracy activists in and outside Iran who are struggling against the religious dictatorship of the Islamic clerics in Iran.
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"Evil only prevails when the good stay silent"
Thursday, February 17, 2011
A Despicable Regime
Never underestimate the Islamic Republic's ability to shoot itself in the foot but equally never underestimate the regime's audacity and ability in making up new stories that contradict with the previous stories they make up.
I do not ever recall any regime to deny a permit for a legitimate peaceful rally and instead use maximum force to crackdown, kill, injure and imprison the protesters and then claim the protesters killed and injured the other protesters! Two people are confirmed killed from Monday's widespread protests, Sanee Zhale, a 26 year old Iranian Sunni Kurd and 22 year old student, Mohamamd Mokhtari.
Sanee Zhale was the first confirmed death and immediately the regime resorted to a new tactic by claiming he was a supporter of the Islamic Republic and was killed by the MKO or the protesters. Of course this is all reminiscent of their stories about Neda, first it was the BBC, then MI6, then the eye witness doctor, Arash Hejazi, then the MKO etc. who had killed Neda. Press TV, IRI's mouthpiece broadcasting from London made three separate documentaries with three different stories about Neda. Now Press TV is running ads on London buses and London Underground while Iran's Trade Union leaders languish in jail. So much for the Left's International labour solidarity!
What they didn't probably envisage at the time of resorting to this tactic, was that there was so much evidence that Sanee Zhale was a supporter of the Green Movement. His photos with the late Ayatollah Montazeri, the spiritual leader of the Green Movement were the first evidence to counter the regime's claims. Then there were his class mates who confirmed Sanee was part of Moussavi's campaign in the university and an active Green Movement supporter. Sanee had written anti-establishment articles in student magazines and had performed in a student movie, Another Brick in the Wall, banned by the authorities.
An enormous amount of pressure was put on Sanee's family who were told if you do not go along with our story, we will kill your other sons. Yet despite all these threats, Sanee's brother, Ghanee managed to do an interview with VOA Persian and categorically deny that his brother had any sympathy for the regime. Ghanee was arrested shortly after.
So what does the regime do with all this massive amount of evidence against its despicable claims? The new story now is, "We have our moles everywhere who bring us information and Sanee was one of our moles who had penetrated the dissidents and spied for us!"
Has there ever been a more despicable regime than this?
and meanwhile, here is a 'protester' or an 'MKO member' dressed in Special Units uniform and imitating a ninja warrior, beating up innocent bystanders with not one truncheon but two truncheons: