Source: L.A. Times Blog | April 24, 2010
Iranian reformist politician Mehdi Karroubi said that rallies are to be held on the June 12 anniversary of the nation’s disputed presidential elections, which triggered months of political instability that has yet to completely die down, according to a Persian-language article posted to his news website Sahamnews on Saturday.
“Although tranquillity has been restored, society is awaiting a spark,” he was quoted as saying.
It was a rare, explicit and daring call. Iran’s hard-line establishment has equated protesters opposed to the government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with Western-backed “rioters” and “apostates” who deserve to die.