Iran: Execute Protest Leaders

Tuesday, 15 Feb 2011 12:20 PM

By Jim Meyers

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Iranian lawmakers are calling for the execution of two leading figures behind the mass anti-government protests that have rocked Tehran and other cities in the Islamic Republic.

Members of the Iranian parliament said on Tuesday that opposition leaders and former presidential candidates Mir Hossein Mousavi and iran,protesters,execution,democracyMehdi Karroubi should be tried for sedition, an offense punishable by death.

The two had called for Monday's demonstrations in Tehran and elsewhere to show solidarity with recent Arab uprisings against authoritarian governments.

Press TV aired video on Tuesday showing lawmakers chanting “Mousavi, Karroubi, execute them.”

They also named former President Mohammad Khatami in some of the death chants.

Iranian security forces prevented Mousavi and Karroubi from joining the rallies by surrounding their homes in Tehran.

Mousavi's website says it has "unconfirmed reports" that security forces arrested hundreds of people during the demonstrations.

Witnesses say Iranian security forces fired tear gas and paintball guns to disperse the demonstrators, some of whom chanted "death to the dictator" — a slogan used by reformists who protested the re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in a disputed 2009 vote, according to Voice of America.

Iran’s semiofficial Fars news agency said one person was shot and killed during the protests and several others were severely injured. The Guardian in Britain reported that two people were killed on Monday.

“The hands of sedition leaders are drenched in blood and they should answer for these actions,” said Ahmad Reza Radan, Tehran’s chief of police.

The calls for the leaders’ execution come after a deadly month in Iran — at least 66 people were executed in January, CNN reported. Most were killed for drug offenses, but at least three involved political prisoners, according to a statement from the United Nations. The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has expressed alarm over the number of executions.

Anti-government protesters also reportedly took to the streets in other cities on Monday, including Isfahan, Shiraz and Kermanshah, and demonstrations have erupted elsewhere in the Middle East following the ousting of regimes in Egypt and Tunisia.

In Bahrain, two demonstrators have been killed in clashes with police. One was shot dead on Tuesday outside a hospital where mourners gathered for the funeral of a protester killed on Monday.

The main Shiite opposition bloc in the Persian Gulf nation walked out of parliament on Tuesday to protest the “brutal way in which [authorities] dealt with the protesters.”

Shiites in Bahrain have complained about discrimination from the Sunnis who rule the island nation, home to the United States Navy’s 5th Fleet.

Anti-government demonstrations have also broken out in Yemen. Stone-throwing Yemini protesters clashed with police on Tuesday as they marched toward the presidential palace in Sanaa, the capital, in the fifth day of demonstrations calling for an end to Ali Abdullah Saleh’s rule after 32 years in power.

Thousands of protesters have also demonstrated in the city of Taiz.

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Benghazi Coverup Allegations Rejected in Bipartisan House Probe

Friday, 21 Nov 2014 19:11 PM

A two-year investigation by the Republican and Democratic leaders of the House intelligence panel rejects allegations th . . .

Pope Francis: Helping Poor Not Just About Handouts

Friday, 21 Nov 2014 18:16 PM

The Catholic Church seeks recognition of the dignity of the poor and the creation of job opportunities – not simply expa . . .

Breakthrough Stroke Treatment a Game-Changer for Sufferers

Friday, 21 Nov 2014 16:57 PM

'Meet The Doctors' examines a revolutionary new stroke procedure that is giving 'brain attack' victims new hope and help . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved