Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The Elimination Of Opposition In Iran

Supporters of opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi march through Valiasr Street after he was defeated in the country's presidential election. Photograph: Olivier Laban-mattei/AFP/Getty Images

The Power of Iran's Iron Fist -- Spiegel Online

Tehran is in a state of emergency as the government continues its increasingly brutal crackdown against protesters. Hardliners and opposition politicians are searching for a compromise behind the scenes, but Iran's supreme leader is refusing to make any concessions.

The pressure must be great indeed when someone like Abbas Abdi no longer wants to talk. Whether as a revolutionary or a reformer, Abdi, 51, has never lacked courage and a willingness to take risks. During the 1979 occupation of the US Embassy in Tehran, he was one of the first to scale the embassy walls. With his calls to "fight against global arrogance," he became the most famous of the hostage-takers that held more than 50 US citizens captive for 444 days.

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My Comment: When even long time Iranian protesters like Abbas Abdi are cowed into silence, you know that the regime is systematically eliminating their opponents through measures that someone like Saddam Hussein would nod in understanding.

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