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Iran: Mousavi to Students "Spring is Unstoppable"

“Spring is unstoppable, the arrival of spring is inevitable.”

That was the far-from-subtle message offered by Mir  Hossein Mousavi in a meeting with members of the student organisation Advar-e Takhim Vahdat, including recently-released activist Abdollah Momeni, in Isfahan.

Mousavi, joined by his wife Zahra Rahnavard, said that the people’s movement was not like a “painting” whose characteristics are known beforehand: “Despite its imaginable plot and overall design, it should be said that the pieces and details are formed gradually and in line with time and location.”

While reports of the meeting are sketchy on any detailed political discussion, Mousavi's general call was a bold challenge, in light of the regime's crackdown on dissent: “Our moral responsibility should be to realistically call black what is black, and to call white, what is white.”

Mousavi, as he has increasingly done since last autumn, focused on the inclusiveness of the opposition movement, gathering people with different views and systems of thought inside and outside Iran, and emphasised the creation of social networks and media.

Mousavi declared that the people’s post-election protests were already a significant victory: even the memory of massive demonstrations will be a constant affirmation that  the Iranian nation is awake and alive.

Reader Comments (8)

The memory of massive demonstrations are not just a constant affirmation that the nation is alive, but more importantly they are a constant affirmation that the election was an utter lie and that the people are behind Mousavi and against Khamenei/AN

April 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAdam

wise Musavi

April 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKiterunner

from Time Magazine:,28804,1972075_1972078_1972577,00.html

The 2010 TIME 100 Poll (100 most influential people)

Mousavi is on the list.

what if Ahmadinejad was on that list? :)

April 12, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdanial

U2 sings for Iran's green movement

April 12, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdanial

(Iranian) Springtime

under frozen snow
the green sprouts
are waiting

April 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBjarne Kim Pedersen

It will be interesting to see if the opposition can mount another protest. My gut feeling is no but I hope they do - and all these pronouncements are not worth much unless they can mount something to back it up.

April 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCassius

danial post 4
thank you for the link above, U2's song give me goose pimples .

April 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterange paris

Their best bet is to continue networking and buils up a grassroots movement that can support one single reformist candidate at the next election. Unfortunately one does not see the necessary unity, discipline and patience in the diverse strands of the green movement therefore it is difficult to see its political victory. What is however achievable is for the greens to formulate an a unified agenda based on the allegiance to the IR constitution and its original ideals to strengthen the demand for reform at all levels. A lot of group outside Iran have such hatred for everything Islamic that it is making them myopic to the much more powerful potential for reform & change through the banner of Islam.

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrezvan

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