Iranian oppostion leader Mahdi Karroubi 311 AP.
(photo credit: AP)
An Iranian opposition leader who became the 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.Karroubi said Wednesday on his website,
sahamnews.net, 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.
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. Two protesters were killed in clashes with police in the demonstrations.
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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Tuesday dismissed the
seriousness of protests against his regime, saying that the
demonstrations are "going nowhere," in an interview on Iranian state
"It is clear the Iranian nation has enemies because
it is a nation that wants to shine, conquer peaks and change relations,"
He acknowledged that "there is a lot of hostility against the
government," but said the protests' organizers "just wanted to tarnish
the Iranian nation's brilliance."
"It is a shining sun. They threw some dust towards the sun... but the
dust will return to their eyes," the Iranian president said.
Clashes between protesters and Iranian security forces in Tehran left two people dead and several wounded on Monday.
Earlier Tuesday, US President Barack Obama blasted the Iranian regime
for suppressing protesters and called on those taking to
the streets to show courage in their pursuit for greater freedom.
“My hope and expectation is that we’re going to continue to see the
people of Iran have the courage to be able to express their yearning for
greater freedoms and a more representative government,” Obama said at a
press conference, comparing the demonstrations in Iran with those that
ousted Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak from office on Friday.