04/27/2010, 00.00
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Pasdaran: an opposition leader "could be killed"

According to the newspaper loyal to Ahmadinejad, the attack will be carried out by the reformers themselves, who instead see in the news a possible preparation of public opinion. The article takes place shortly after the announcement of Karroubi of a demonstration for June 12. 101 journalists in prison.

Tehran (AsiaNews) - An Iranian opposition leader "could be killed." This is the claim being made by Javan, the Revolutionary Guard, or Pasdaran, daily newspaper.  It attributes the assassination to the reformers themselves, who plotting with the CIA and Mossad, want to use the assassination as a tool to revive the "green" movement.  The article, published Sunday, has greatly worried the opposition.  "The Green Voice of Freedom”, sees it as an attempt to manipulate public opinion in preparation for possible violent acts.

The article also comes almost simultaneously with the announcement made by Karroubi in an interview with Der Spiegel, that the opposition has asked permission to organize a demonstration on June 12, the anniversary of the disputed re-election of President Ahmadinejad Mahomoud . Moreover, the “green” camps notes intensifying rumours in government press regarding Karroubi’s ‘poor health’. Rumours which the leader’s wife, Fatemeh, believes indicate the intention to move against her husband.

Announcing the event in June, Karroubi said that "people should know that we continue our struggle. That is not against the Islamic Republic, but the implementation of the Constitution which guarantees freedom of thought and democracy. " An objective that is far from easy, since, as pointed out by another opposition leader, Mir-Hossein Mousavi (pictured), "we no-longer have any newspapers".

Besides the fact that, according to opposition sources, there are an estimated 101 journalists being held in Iranian prisons, almost all arrested last year on, many of which we have no news.

Radio Zamaneh reports that Mousavi also stresses the need to "update our methods" and "find new ways" to raise awareness that "Islam does not beat people, does not stop people, does not defame people, it does not put people in chains or create restrictions. We must continue to inform people”, he adds, "of all these "problems" through virtual media, meetings, families and interviews”.  
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