I totally agree with Martin Fletcher’s article in The Times this morning by allowing our senior diplomats to attend the inauguration of Ahmadinejad‘s illegitimate seizure of the Iranian presidency the UK government betrayed those fighting for democracy in Iran. no doubt there are those in the Foreign Office willing to do a deal but our image will be damaged.
Martin Fletcher in THE TIMES: “For two months tens of thousands of courageous protesters have taken to the streets of Iran, defying the savagery of the security forces and risking limbs, lives and liberty to resist a coup d’état by a hardline regime that had almost certainly been voted out of office…”
Iran’s clerical authoritarian state is acting with a vengeance against any criticism of the regime. Attacking mourners at a ceremony for Neda Soltan, murdered by Basij has to signal a new low, one has to say the muslim community here seems deaf to appeals from the Iranian opposition. All those sick islamists here who accuse the West of killing muslims,willy, nilly as usual appear not to want to take on any regime that murders muslims. Even the “stop the war” fools appear to be deaf to events in Iran.
THE TIMES: “Baton-wielding Iranian riot police arrested mourners and drove away opposition leaders as they tried to stage a ceremony in a Tehran cemetery to commemorate protesters killed in anti-government demonstrations last month.
Ignoring Islamic customs and traditions, the security forces beat and detained many of the 2000-odd people who came to mark the end of the 40-day mourning period at the grave of Neda Soltan, the young student who has become an icon of the opposition movement…”
As the days pass it looks more and more that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad fixed his election results, a stolen election. The world cannot accept the government of Iran headed by a dictator, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The Iranian theocracy is rotten to the core and can only hang on to power by repression:
BBC NEWS: “Iran’s defeated moderate candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi has cancelled a big rally, amid growing unrest over last week’s presidential poll.
The government had declared planned protests against the re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad illegal.
Mr Mousavi called off the rally after being warned militias would be equiped with live rounds, the BBC understands..”more.
Global Voices carries a story today which illustrates blogging in Iran can be a dangerous pastime. A blogger sentenced to two and a half years imprisonment and cruelly treated died. He was accused of ” allegedly insulting religious leaders, and engaging in propaganda against the Islamic Republic of Iran.” So whilst some people have sought to appease the regime and have clearly failed we can see how appalling the regime is
Global Voices: “Omid Reza Mir Sayafi, a 29-year old Iranian blogger and journalist died in Evin Prison in Tehran on March 18. In December, he was sentenced to two and half years in prison for allegedly insulting religious leaders, and engaging in propaganda against the Islamic Republic of Iran. Mir Sayafi was still awaiting an additional trial for insulting Islam.
According to the Human Rights activists in Iran website, Omid Reza suffered from deep depression in jail and was prescribed medications of which he apparently took too many. Dr. Hesam Firouzi, a jailed doctor and human rights activist says [fa] he urged prison authorities to send Omid Reza to a hospital outside prison but that prison doctors refused, and would not perform even basic tests…” More see link below;