The founder of the Islamic republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, designated the last Friday of Ramadan as a day for Iranians and Muslims to demonstrate solidarity with the Palestinian people and their cause.
But this year, Quds Day (Jerusalem Day) could instead reexpose the fissures that exist as a result of Iran’s severe political crisis.
Amid official warnings not to turn Quds Day into a protest against President Mahmud Ahmadinejad, whose reelection led to massive street protests that were met with a violent crackdown, three leading opposition figures say they will join the pro-Palestinian mass rally on September 18.
The leaders of the opposition movement, former presidential candidates Mir Hossein Musavi and Mehdi Karrubi, and former President Mohammad Khatami — who have said Ahmadinejad’s reelection was the result of massive fraud — have announced that they will take part in the demonstrations in Tehran.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Iranian Opposition Vows To Turn Quds Day Green
From Radio Free Europe via Iran Quest. Watch Iran tomorrow,