Iran opposition leaders are not regime `topplers`: Karroubi
Iranian opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi on Saturday said that he and fellow opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi were not "topplers" of the country`s Islamic regime, an opposition website reported.
Tehran: Iranian opposition leader Mehdi
Karroubi on Saturday said that he and fellow opposition leader Mir
Hossein Mousavi were not "topplers" of the country`s Islamic
regime, an opposition website reported.
"We are neither topplers (of the regime) or lackeys of
foreigners," said Karroubi who has continued to launch his
tirades against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his
"I and Mr Mousavi have held positions within the
regime, but do not consider ourselves as the owners (of the
regime), but soldiers of the revolution and the Islamic
republic," he was quoted as saying on Rahesabz website.
Karroubi, who along with Mousavi has remained
steadfast in rejecting Ahmadinejad`s re-election, warned that
the regime had been distanced from the masses and its promises
made 30 years ago.
"What we are saying today is that we have distanced a
lot from the slogans and promises that were made to the people
in the early stages of the revolution," the reformist cleric
who had lost to Ahmadinejad in June 2009 presidential poll
told a group of reformists, the website said.
Karroubi said the regime was "confronting" its own
forces now, something that was warned about years ago and if
it "continues on its current path, then nothing will remain,
but only a name."
He reiterated that the opposition movement planned to
hold a demonstration on June 12, the anniversary of last
year`s poll, where "a demand to hold a free election will be
The June 2009 election of Ahmadinejad triggered one of
the worst political crises in the Islamic republic`s history,
with widespread protests erupting in Tehran and other cities
against the hardliner.
Dozens have been killed in these protests, while
hundreds of reformists, political activists and journalists
faced trials and sentenced to prison terms for their alleged
role in the post-election unrest.