The Iranian opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi has said he is ready to lay down his life to bring about change in the Islamic Republic. Demanding an end to a state crackdown on pro-reform supporters, he declared on his website: “I am not afraid to die for people’s demands.”
In his most outspoken remarks in recent months, Mousavi said Iran is in “serious crisis.” His nephew was among at least eight people killed in anti-government protests last Sunday, in fresh unrest over June’s disputed presidential election.
Hundreds of people were arrested at the weekend. In his online comments, Mousavi said “political prisoners should immediately be freed”.
But, at Friday prayers in Tehran today, there was no sign of the leadership softening its stance. The Deputy Head of the Judiciary Ebrahim Raisi told worshippers: “Under no circumstances will we connive with the rioters and these violators and law-breakers and those who endanger people’s safety.”