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Violent Aftermath: The 2009 Election and Suppression of Dissent in Iran

The “intellectual arm” is charged with preparing the “field for Westernization and American-ization.”[581] The indictment charges several groups and individuals with expressing doubt about the validity of the elections including, the Participation Front and members of the Association of Combatant Clerics.[582] Among the named intellectual leaders are Abbas Milani and Akbar Ganji, both of whom suffered arrest either under the Shah’s regime or the Islamic Republic. Both have since left Iran.[583]

The indictment points to three similarities with the “velvet revolutions” in other parts of the world: false claims of election fraud, “excessive use of illegal gatherings,” and “culture of networks and institutions.” As evidence that the fraud charges were a pre-planned part of the “velvet revolution,” the indictment relies on confessions by Mostafa Tajzadeh, a former official in the Khatami government, Behzad Nabavi, a member of the Mojahedin and former advisor to Khatami, and Mohsen Safa’i Farahani, head of the Participation Front.[584] It quotes from the confession of Maziar Bahari to support its charge that the Western media planned to declare that a coup had taken place if their candidate lost.[585] It also accuses reformists with fabricating a letter from the Interior Ministry and other documents in order to perpetuate its false claims of electoral fraud. It claims that “documents revealing intent to forge and create anxiety in the minds of the public” were found in Behzad Nabavi’s house.[586] Neither these documents, nor any other evidence of forgery have been made public.[587] The indictment later recounts Nabavi’s refusal to publically confess or apologize, and states that his refusal is a betrayal of the people and history of Iran.[588]

In support of the second similarity—“extensive use of illegal gatherings”—it relies on the confessions of Rostam Fard Tehrani, Kian Tajbakhsh, and Mohammad-Ali Abtahi.[589] For the third similarity, “culture of networks and institutions,” it relies on confessions by Abtahi and Tajbakhsh to conclude that NGOs and other unlawful groups are responsible for organizing and directing illegal gatherings before and after the elections.[590]

Mohammad-Ali Abtahi another one of the accused, confirmed Mr. Tajbakhsh’s statements and says: “During the reform government, two ministries, the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Culture and the National Youth Organization, took on the responsibility of licensing NGOs around the country.”

As such, during the past several years, tens of thousands of NGOs have been created and supported by the named Western organizations both financially and morally. Even Shell Corporation, which is an oil company, has gotten involved in developing, educating, organizing and providing money to NGOs.

In this regard, NGOs, along with the unlawful Group of 88 (which has been established by the aforementioned political parties—Participation Front, Mojahedin Organization, Executives of Construction Party), was responsible for organizing and directing the illegal gatherings before and after the elections. [591]

The central role of members from the Islamic Iran Participation Front, Mojahedin Organization, and the Executives of Construction party in planning, organizing and directing the disturbances and illegal gatherings surrounding recent events … brings us to the conclusion that the aforementioned groups, whether they are in power (such as during the reform period when they were in charge of two branches of government) or not, will continue with their mischief and attempt to change the nature of the Islamic Republic.[592]

The indictment quotes from a five year plan published by the Participation Front in 2008 to accuse the organization of treason.

Despite the fact that the authors of this document have tried to hide their true intentions through the use of reformist language such as “democracy” and “rule by the people,” (i.e. the establishment of a secular government), they have not been [fully successful]. Page 8, section 4 of the document reads: “So that the democratic segment of the leadership will be able to use the crisis that threatens the whole political system in favor of solidifying democracy and gaining more bargaining power.”

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