Persian Hipocrisy

The Leaders of Iran have in the past few weeks been congratulating the people of the Arab world for their uprisings against cruel and oppressive regimes, encouraging them to continue their protests and overthrow their leaders. 

It seems they are not so keen on protests in their own country, the Green Movement formed as a result of the chaos resulting from the 2009 presidential elections were forced from the streets by security forces in 2009 after the elections because of the large scale demonstrations they organised. 

After over a year of no protesting the Green Movement lead by opposition leaders called a rally in support of the people of Egypt on Monday, this was heavily suppressed by the Iranian 'Islamic' regime and ultimately resulting in the death of two protesters. The main opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi (both presidential candidates in 2009) were put under house arrest. The conservative right-wing MP's in the Iranian parliament went as far as chanting 'Death to Mousavi, Karroubi and Khatami' (a reformist ex-president) and calling on the judiciary to execute the opposition leaders for encouraging the protests. 

This hypocrisy on the part of the Iranian leadership is making itself very clear, on one hand it is supporting the protests in Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen and other Arab nations but on the other hand is calling for execution of its own opposition leaders for encouraging protests. The terms 'Islamic this' and 'Islamic that' are thrown around too often and too easily the regime in Iran can hardly call itself anymore 'Islamic' than the fallen regimes of Egypt and Tunisia.


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