Iran opposition leader ready to 'pay any price'

February 16, 2011 10:08

TEHRAN, Iran — An Iranian opposition leader who became a target of death threats by lawmakers said Wednesday that he is willing to pay any price for trying to bring democratic change to the country.

Hard-line lawmakers called for Mahdi Karroubi and two other prominent pro-reform figures to be brought to trial and put to death in response to demonstrations earlier in the week.

The demonstrations were meant to show solidarity with those behind Egypt's uprising, but also highlighted Iran's own simmering unrest. Two protesters were killed in clashes with police.

Karroubi said Wednesday on his website,, that he was willing to "pay any price" to bring social and political changes to Iran. He is one of several leaders of a protest movement that grew out of the disputed presidential election in 2009.

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