Mousavi: Protests will continue until regime backs down

posted at 2:55 pm on July 27, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

If the Iranian mullahs expected the outrage over the rigged presidential election to dissipate, the latest from Mirhossein Mousavi will disappoint the hardliners.  The man who claims he was robbed by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei promises to continue the public protests that have made the regime more reliant than ever on its military forces to maintain political power.  At the same time, they have even more problems with the man for whom they rigged the election in the first place:

Iran’s opposition leader Mirhossein Mousavi said on Monday the pro-reform protests which erupted after the country’s disputed June presidential vote will continue, his website reported.

“The pro-reform path will continue,” Mousavi said in a statement. “The establishment should respect the constitution and let us to gather to commemorate our killed loved ones on Thursday.”

Moderate defeated candidates Mousavi and Mehdi Karoubi on Sunday called on the authorities to permit a gathering on Thursday at Tehran’s “Grand Mosala,” a prayer location where tens of thousands can gather, to commemorate unrest victims.

The mullahs will not be likely to grant that request, for the same reason that Beijing ensures that no one commemorates the Tiananmen Massacre.  Such demonstrations lead to momentum for reform or even revolution, and the best way to avoid that is to keep people from congregating at all.  Expect to see a big security presence on Thursday — and a big clash with protesters at the same time.

That’s not the only headache in Tehran.  Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has prompted even more protests by sacking two ministers, favorites of Iran’s parliament — and of Khamenei:

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad fired his intelligence minister and his culture minister resigned under pressure Sunday as further rifts emerged in his camp with just days to go until his controversial inauguration for a second term.

Although Ahmadinejad has frequently replaced his cabinet members over the past four years, Sunday’s firing and resignation were significant because both Intelligence Minister Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Ejei and Culture Minister Mohammad Hossein Saffar Harandi are especially close to Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, analysts say.

“All ministers are close to him,” said Amir Mohebbian, a political analyst who shares Ahmadinejad’s ideology but has been critical of his actions. “But these two are closer to the leader.”

After taking the country to the brink of revolution by rigging an election for Ahmadinejad, Khamenei gets paid back by having the ingrate attempt his own power play.  Keep an eye on this rift.  Note, too, that Ahmadinejad’s inauguration comes the day after the Mousavi protests.  This could be a very interesting week in Iran.


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What does our President have to say about all this?

forest on July 27, 2009 at 2:59 PM

Ahmadinejad was just forced to fire his son’s father-in-law, whom Ahmadinejad had just named as senior vice president.

Sounds like some tit-for-tat going on here.

MarkTheGreat on July 27, 2009 at 3:02 PM

What does our President have to say about all this?

forest on July 27, 2009 at 2:59 PM

“Present”.

MadisonConservative on July 27, 2009 at 3:04 PM

Send Gates to teach them…

Upstater85 on July 27, 2009 at 3:04 PM

What does our President have to say about all this?

forest on July 27, 2009 at 2:59 PM

Where’s my pizza?

blatantblue on July 27, 2009 at 3:05 PM

Ahmadinejad has got to hate guys like this. Probably appreciates how good the Castro brothers and Hugo Chavez have it.

GarandFan on July 27, 2009 at 3:07 PM

We have own own issue to deal with. Getting a white cop and black “scholar” to sit down over a mug of the preferred red neck beverage with Barry is the key topic at the moment.

I smell peace prize.

Hening on July 27, 2009 at 3:11 PM

At the rate this going Obama will send troops to crush the uprising.

Speakup on July 27, 2009 at 3:11 PM

Meanwhile, we’re pushing hard for negotiations with the existing regime.

Mixed messages? Nah. We’re pretty clearly supporting Ahmadinejad.

hawksruleva on July 27, 2009 at 3:16 PM

Protests are still ongoing,and yet State Runned Media are
oblivious!

The media needs to get out of the White House Studio once
and awhile!!

canopfor on July 27, 2009 at 3:21 PM

OT,the BOSS,Michelle Malkin,will be on Hannity,
coming up soon!!

canopfor on July 27, 2009 at 3:23 PM

Why aren’t we out in the streets protesting our own regime?

guntotinglibertarian on July 27, 2009 at 3:23 PM

Sort sounds to me like Ahmadopeywhackjob sees the Ayahtollas power waning a bit over all this, and perhaps he’s trying to expand and solidify some powers of the Presidency before the Moolahs can sort themselves out and slap him back down.

I only hope he doesn’t see a big opening left in the infield and go for the kill, to grab all the power for himself. The Mullahs are nuts, but they aren’t stupid.

JamesLee on July 27, 2009 at 3:23 PM

What does our President have to say about all this?

forest on July 27, 2009 at 2:59 PM

“Can’t I just eat my waffle?”

Idfaciam on July 27, 2009 at 3:34 PM

This should be a great opportunity – a regime that has funded terrorism against our country is on the ropes.

A huge opportunity presents itself. A way to peacefully take down illegitimate leaders of a country and defuse the threat it poses to America.

Unfortunately, we are being “led” by a cast of glue-sniffing, bed crapping, worthless juvenile delinquents.

I don’t know what the hell the people were snorting who put this idiot in the White House OR the circus clowns who make up the majority party in Congress, but if it wasn’t Drano, it was the Wal-Mart equivelent.

NoDonkey on July 27, 2009 at 3:35 PM

What does our President have to say about all this?

forest on July 27, 2009 at 2:59 PM

He has spoken.

His speech in Cairo has caused this/

cntrlfrk on July 27, 2009 at 3:37 PM

Ya know,the Mullahs should study the playbook
of another short and power mad individual that
happened in Germany,

especially if ImWearingaDinnerJacket has the
allegiance of the Revolutionary Guards,and they
pledge their Loyalty to DinnerJacket and not
Iran,jus sayin!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on July 27, 2009 at 3:39 PM

Unfortunately, we are being “led” by a cast of glue-sniffing, bed crapping, worthless juvenile delinquents.
NoDonkey on July 27, 2009 at 3:35 PM

So tell me how you really feel.

Rightwingguy on July 27, 2009 at 3:41 PM

Why aren’t we out in the streets protesting our own regime?

guntotinglibertarian on July 27, 2009 at 3:23 PM

guntotinglibertatian: You mean,the Liberal Party`s Regime!

canopfor on July 27, 2009 at 3:43 PM

Why aren’t we out in the streets protesting our own regime?

guntotinglibertarian on July 27, 2009 at 3:23 PM

We still have guns. We don’t have to protest.

MadisonConservative on July 27, 2009 at 3:52 PM

another bad hair day for the Obambi foreign policy team. They are probably secretly wishing for a massive military crack down so they can get down to the real business of unilateral capitulation to imadinnerjacket – their real hero.

johnnybgood on July 27, 2009 at 3:53 PM

I just Can’t help it. gotta be said….

AckMyDumbJihad!

Archimedes on July 27, 2009 at 3:56 PM

What does our President have to say about all this?

forest on July 27, 2009 at 2:59 PM

“Present”.

Nailed it.

commenter on July 27, 2009 at 4:14 PM

At the rate this going Obama will send troops to crush the uprising.

Speakup on July 27, 2009 at 3:11 PM

Are you kidding? At this point, Obama so wants something to keep people from thinking about his health care boondoggle, I would bet that he invades Iran. At the very least, he’s hoping the IAF goes on a bombing run.

Kafir on July 27, 2009 at 4:22 PM

Too bad we have a pantywaste in the White House who doesn’t have the gumballs to take a stand,right or wrong.
Sounds like another POTUS, from 1992 to 2000.

DDT on July 27, 2009 at 4:32 PM

Waiting for Ahmadinejad to do a “when there is trouble inside the country, attack an ‘enemy’ outside the country” trick that dictators in trouble usually do.

albill on July 27, 2009 at 4:47 PM

Payback is a beyatch Khameinus.

eaglewingz08 on July 27, 2009 at 5:55 PM

This sounds like a situation that might escalate into civil war in Iran.

SC.Charlie on July 27, 2009 at 6:27 PM

“Can’t I just eat my waffle?”

Idfaciam on July 27, 2009 at 3:34 PM

The day will come, as painful as it will be for many, when he will be forced to eat that damn waffle.

phineas on July 27, 2009 at 8:03 PM

Sorry, People of Iran. We have more important things to contend with over here than your grassroots desire for Hope and Change.

Just do what most of us in the U.S do….sit around and complain and hope the bad guys go away without doing any real damage.

Dr. ZhivBlago on July 27, 2009 at 11:54 PM

What does our President have to say about all this?

forest on July 27, 2009 at 2:59 PM

Ah, um, ah, let me be clear about this, as I have consistently said, ah, um, ah, Sergent Crowley is stupid.

Luka on July 28, 2009 at 2:36 AM