For example, General Jafari told a gathering of the IRGC commanders that in the elections "there were considerable concerns among the revolutionary forces that the counter-revolutionaries that had penetrated the government during the reform era [of former president Mohammad Khatami] will get another opportunity to do the same.
But then Mir Hossein Mousavi announced his candidacy for president. After the constitution was amended to create an executive president and remove the prime minister, Mousavi returned to his roots as an architect and a painter.
This article was translated by Ali N.
But by early , the regime had quashed public displays of opposition. Mousavi was Khomeini's hand-picked prime minister and was imposed on Khamenei in s when he was Iran's president. The origins were in the mowj-e-sabz, also known as the "green wave," a campaign to support the presidential bid of reformist candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi, who ran against conservative incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Their supporters in Tehran and other large cities filled the streets, shouting "where is my vote? When you break through that, then it becomes normal. I believed street presence would be fruitless by itself, that the regime had to be engaged in a dialogue. With each new round, the government grew more repressive, yet also appeared increasingly vulnerable. No one. The main body will be ordinary protesters. The presidencies of Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Khatami, and Rouhani, as well as the birth of the Green Movement are the best evidence for this aspect of Iranian politics. It augurs well for eventual democratic reform in Iran that the green movement continues to exist at all. Yet another group, led by Mousavi himself, attempted to formulate a more precise platform. Some in the Green Movement also talked of a post-Mousavi phase.
In the end, it took the regime about nine months to put down the Green Movement. This profession is the opposite of others.
I have no contact with anyone on the other side. That very eventuality, however, will be equally detrimental to the US alliances with Israel and their European and regional allies to divert the course of Arab revolutions.
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His eclectic buildings resembled the new style of Italian Renzo Piano. We may now wonder what did exactly happen to the Green Movement - aside from discrediting the Islamic Republic as a champion of revolutionary causes in the region and around the world. The movement was triggered by the presidential election in Ahmadinejad continued as Iran's President, and left office last year after eight years of economic and political failures. The Green Movement revealed a near-fatal rift within the Islamic regime. The Jaras website soon emerged as the podium of these religious intellectuals, who wrote learned essays in Persian defending the veracity of the Green Movement in Iran. The answer depends on what "winning" means. And you certainly know our situation inside [Iran]. Iran became the country with the most imprisoned journalists. I lost many of my friends, my emotional and professional supports … How long will it take to develop such friendships in my life again? Using force is always a sign of political weakness of a regime's political legitimacy. Show trials As momentum grew behind the Green Movement, the government response was increasingly tough. In , the Guardian Council, responsible for vetting candidates, allowed Mousavi to run. President Barack Obama has so far expressed only moral support for Iranians fighting for their civil rights and has rightly articulated the unrest in Iran as a purely Iranian affair.
In between these two partisan positions, the fact remained that there was a collective uprising based on its slogan of "Where Is My Vote? It augurs well for eventual democratic reform in Iran that the green movement continues to exist at all.
Using force is always a sign of political weakness of a regime's political legitimacy. Until two days before the election, I had lots of hope.
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In fact, by resorting to force, the regime violated its own constitution and encouraged the people to break the laws. For example, General Jafari told a gathering of the IRGC commanders that in the elections "there were considerable concerns among the revolutionary forces that the counter-revolutionaries that had penetrated the government during the reform era [of former president Mohammad Khatami] will get another opportunity to do the same. But they failed, for they had nothing to contribute or to share with the millions of Iranians who, decades after the Iranian revolution of , had no use for their obsolete ideologies. Outdated and obsolete expat oppositions, ranging from the corrupt MEK to the bankrupt monarchists, saw the Green Movement and wanted to ride on it and go back to rule Iran. It has neither the ideological nor the militant wherewithal of such aims. Not that I feel hopeless, like so many others whose lack of hope made them give up politics. As Arash lights up as well, he tells me about the summer of , when the demonstrations first erupted. They played an important role in the revolution. A military assault could sideline or kill the movement for the foreseeable future. Mousavi neither recognizes the current government as legitimate nor is likely to receive permission; so, the movement was named a "path" in order to bypass this law.
I started working as a journalist in the spring of So where is it - the Green Movement, what happened to it?
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