Hard-line Iranian Lawmakers Call for Executions
Hard-line lawmakers in the Iranian parliament are calling for the execution of leaders of the opposition movement. Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, whose supporters rose up in protests after the ouster of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
According to a report from VOANews.com, Iranian state-run television showed pro-government lawmakers shaking fists in the air, chanting "Death to Mousavi, death to Karroubi!" in the wake of protests on Monday, during which at least 150 demonstrators were arrested by Iranian police, who used paintball guns and tear gas on the pro-democracy protest.
Two of the demonstrators were killed in the protest. One of them was identified in a FoxNews.com report as Sane Jaleh, a 26-year-old art student. The other was not identified.
The outburst in parliament and a statement signed by 221 of the pro-government lawmakers demanding that Mousavi and Karroubi face charges of sedition, a capital offense in Iran, are the latest in a campaign by the pro-government legislators to place the opposition leaders on trial.
Mousavi challenged Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the 2009 election, and lost after an emection marred by charges of rigging and fraud. Protests after the election were broken up violently by the Iranian government.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei praised the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt, citing them as examples of Islamic uprisings. The Obama Administration criticized the Iranian crackdown, but the criticism was rejected by a spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry.