Mousavi: 'Cult' Is Running Iran

Opposition leader issues harshest rebuke yet
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 27, 2010 7:43 AM CST
Mousavi: 'Cult' Is Running Iran
A demonstrator, backdropped by the Iranian flag raises her fist as she protests against the current Iranian government in front of the Iranian embassy in Rome, Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009.   (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Iran's opposition leader says a dictatorial cult is ruling Iran in the name of Islam, the strongest rebuke yet by Mir Hossein Mousavi. In comments posted on his website today, Mousavi says his movement's strategy is to effect reform by raising the consciousness of the Iranian people. But he acknowledges that the government's bloody crackdown has made it impossible for the opposition to publicly engage in political activities.

Two days ago, Iran's supreme leader, the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said the opposition has lost its credibility and its right to participate in politics by not accepting the results of June presidential elections.
(Read more Mir Hossein Mousavi stories.)

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