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The Threat Against Supporters of the Green Movement Outside Iran

November 07, 2009


November 5, 2009

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The Threat Against Supporters of the
Green Movement Outside Iran

Massoud Jazayeri the deputy commander of Iranian armed forces states that many protesters inside and outside Iran have been identified and will be dealt with at the right time.

In a statement to Keyhan newspaper, Mr. Jazayeri referred to the post-election protests as conspiracies and referred to the American and British as coup d’etat governments. He mentioned that although the Islamic Republic is very patient, they cannot allow people who want regime change and a soft coup d’etat to continue. If they are forced to, they will challenge those in charge of the unrest outside of the country.  He did not provide any specific details on what he meant by “challenge.” In the first two decades of its existence, The Islamic Republic has assassinated number of opposition members.

Massoud Jazayeri warned against “negative propaganda by western media on 13 Aban.” He accused western media of “creating false pretences and provoking [Iranian] citizens.” This warning by the deputy commander of Iranian armed forces states that just before November 4th, Ema’il Ahmadi-Moghaddam, police commander of Iran, stressed that “the police will counter any movement in line with overthrowing [the regime].” Ahmadi-Moghaddam added, “Some outside the country are ignorant of the Iranian constitution.”

In his statement, Mr. Ahmadi-Moghaddam also noted that “some political organizations intend to test the limit of the police. These groups inside and outside the country are ignoring the laws and intend to organize rallies without the legal permits, therefore the police will perform its legal duties.”

At the same time, Basirat, the website for the Islamic Revolution Guards Corp (IRGC), disclosed the names of groups and individuals identified as “the green coup’s offshore leaders.”

According to the IRGC, besides a waging psychological war of the pro-coup members inside the country, “the headquarter of the anti-government movement outside the country has increased their destructive propaganda in a drastic manner.”

The website labels “enlightened secularists, journalists, student activists and artists outside the country” as the four main supporters of the post-election uprising, in addition to a fifth group that consists of “pro-Shah groups, anti-revolutionaries, and dissidents.”

The statement describes the opposition groups as “enlightened secularists who are in opposition of a religious leader and an Islamic leadership. They have called our Islamic Republic some paradoxical notions.” Student activists who have migrated abroad in the past decade are referred to as the third supporters of the recent unrest. It also states,  “Some of the extremists among the students who took part in the student protests on July 9, 1999 are responsible for leading the student movements after May 22, and some of them are supporters of the post-election protests.”

The website dismisses “pro-Shah individuals and notorious anti-revolution elements,” since according to their statement, they have a “forty-year history of fighting with the Islamic revolution.” Regarding the other dissident groups, the website states, “The iconic faces of the first four groups are Iranians who owe their fame to the Islamic revolution, but recently their words have served the invaders of the revolution.”

The IRGC highlights the support of groups affiliated with Mir-Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi before and after the election. The website adds, “The anti-revolution stance of these groups has never been criticized or denied by either Mousavi or Karroubi, and this means we can assume their statements as those of the leaders of the green coup: Mousavi, Karroubi, and Khatami.”

According to the website, since the Islamic Republic’s constitution does not allow green movement leaders to express their ideas explicitly, they spread their messages through foreign sources.”

The statement on the website declares individuals like Shirin Ebadi, Mohsen Kadivar, Ata’ollah Mohajerani, Abdolkarim Soroush, Mohsen Sazegara, and Mohsen Makhmalbaf as the chief leaders of the green movement outside Iran. Also, a number of individuals who embrace a wide range of ideologies and scopes of activity are stated as “those who have embarked on defying the revolution by backing the post-election movement.”

Some of the charges the IRGC has accused foreign opposition figures of:

“Attacking the divine  position of the Islamic regime’s leadership and absolute faqih (religious leader) leadership; attacking the religious leadership and Islamic government by accusing it of being corrupt and inefficient; repeated claims of fraud in the elections; guiding, training, and encouraging chaos to create insecurity; guiding, training, and encouraging the few supporters in Iran to break the law; disrespecting the divine leaders of Islam and their large number of followers.”

According to the political affairs office of the IRGC, the eighth count of charges against foreign active figures and groups is questioning the legal institutions of the Islamic administration like the Guardian Council, Ministry of Interior, Judiciary, Police Force, Ministry of Intelligence, IRGC and Basij, etc.”

According to the website,  personal weblogs, political websites, and social networking sites are known as the media; which are guided from abroad (i.e. foreign countries).

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