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Kurska Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-15-09 09:58 PM
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The 7 demands of the Iranian Protesters (Distributed at the half million person march today)
Edited on Mon Jun-15-09 10:01 PM by Kurska
7 point statement distributed among the protesters in Tehran today:

1. Dismissal of Khamenei for not being a fair leader
2. Dismissal of Ahmadinejad for his illegal acts
3. Temporary appointment of Ayatollah Montazeri as the Supreme Leader
4. Recognition of Mousavi as the President
5. Forming the Cabinet by Mousavi to prepare for revising the Constitution
6. unconditional and immediate release of all political prisoners
7. Dissolution of all organs of repression, public or secret

Source ( http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/06/13/iran-demonstra... and The Tehran Bureau)

They are really going for the jugular, Khamenei has really overplayed his hand and is now entirely doomed IMHO.
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Duer 157099 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-15-09 10:10 PM
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1. But they still want a theocracy?
Weird. I'd think as long as they're revolting, may as well go the distance.
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Posteritatis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-15-09 10:14 PM
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2. #3 and #5
Edited on Mon Jun-15-09 10:15 PM by Posteritatis
Temporary implies, well, temporary, and Montazeri isn't exactly the current regime's best and closest friend, nor has he been for years. #5 means they want to rewrite the Constitution. Under the current one, the SL's role is significant, so it makes sense that they'd want an ally in the role, especially if there was a chance that it would be one who'd accept his position being written out of existence.

It's a bit more complex than "they still want a theocracy."
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regnaD kciN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-15-09 10:26 PM
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3. As some commentator on HuffPost observed, this is a blueprint for a revolution...
I would caution people, though, to be skeptical about where this is coming from. During a time of mass protests, a lot of anonymous statements come from "the people" which may not have been endorsed by anyone with authority in the movement. During the post-Cambodia, post-Kent State protests in May of 1970, I remember one radical fringe organization put out a "People's Peace Treaty" for demonstrators to sign, essentially demanding that the U.S. switch sides and start fighting for North Vietnam against the South. Needless to say, no one in the major peace groups had come up with this, and none were endorsing it. It was an extreme statement by an extreme group, and only got what little traction it had because, in the midst of the excitement, someone started passing out copies and calling on people to sign them. Until I hear these seven points coming from Mousavi, I wouldn't take it any more seriously than the aforementioned "peace treaty" of thirty-one years ago.

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msongs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-15-09 11:10 PM
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4. supreme leader = dictator. dismiss one dictator to get a new one? nt
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troubledamerican Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-15-09 11:37 PM
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5. Thanks for all the updates, Kurska.
At least a handful of people around here recognize the seismic importance of Iran's fate. And democracy's.
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magellan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-15-09 11:43 PM
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6. I feel for these young people
They voted for change and it appears it's been denied. They want moderation. They want to live their lives in peace without oppression and extremism. Once again corruption blocks the dream.

I hope they make it.
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Kurska Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-16-09 12:11 AM
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7. I think the vast majority fo us feel the same way n/t
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