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Iran: Show trials and apologetics

category international | rights and freedoms | other press author Dé hAoine Lúnasa 07, 2009 18:13author by Yassamine Mather Report this post to the editors

This article analyses the reasons behind the current show trials of dissidents in Iran and argues that no honest rational person should be taken in by the lies of Iranian Regimes.

The show trial of August 1 when a number of prominent ‘reformists’ appeared on Iranian state TV to ‘thank their interrogators’ before repenting – was not the first such event in the Islamic republic’s history. Leaders of the ‘official communist’ Tudeh Party were similarly paraded on Iranian TV to denounce their own actions in the 1980s, while in the 1990s we had the trials of ‘rogue’ elements of the ministry of intelligence.

However, this time the Islamic leaders forgot that a precondition for the success of such show trials in terms of imposing fear and submission on the masses is total control of the press and media. What made this particular effort ineffective was that it came at a time when the supporters of supreme leader Ali Khamenei have not yet succeeded in silencing the other factions of the regime, never mind stopping the street protests. So, instead of marking the end of the current crisis, the show trials have given the protestors fresh ammunition.

The paper of the Participation Front (the largest alliance of ‘reformist’ MPs) stated: “The case of the prosecution is such a joke that it is enough to make cooked chicken laugh.” The PF was one of 9 major Islamic groups which ridiculed the prosecution claim that the ‘regime knew of the plot for a velvet revolution’ weeks before the election. Some Tehran reformist papers are asking: in that case why did the Guardian Council allow the ‘reformist’ candidates to stand for election? Perhaps the Guardian Council itself should be put on trial!

Related Link: http://hopinewsfromiran.wordpress.com/2009/08/06/show-t...tics/
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