Following Khamenei's remark and his order of "fire-at-will forma", the repressive measures has increased on Friday 9 and many young men and Sunni activists got arrested in Kurdistan and other southern provinces including Khuzestan.
Prisoner of conscience, Maryam Akbari Monfared, issued a letter from Evin prison encouraging people to boycott the upcoming presidential election in Iran.
“The people’s vote has no credibility in the Islamic regime and holding sham elections is only aimed at legitimizing the regime. Whoever comes to power enjoys Khamenei’s approval and is not elected by the people”, she wrote.
By Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA)
House Foreign Affairs Committee - In June 2009, hundreds of thousands of Iranians took to the streets to protest the re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, which opposition candidates and their supporters claimed was fraudulently won. It was the first time since the Islamic Revolution in 1979 that such large-scale protests took place, and the world watched closely as the beginnings of a democratic uprising in Iran appeared to take hold.
The Miami Herald, 3 Feb 2012 - Latin America rarely comes up as a major issue in U.S. presidential races, but this time it will: there are growing signs that Iran’s rising presence in the region will become a contentious election topic.
ICFTO- Al Sharqiya TV reported Iraqi MP Mahmoud Othman, a senior leader of the Iraqi Kurdistan Coalition said he is astonished of Maliki’s silence towards Quds Force commander Ghassem Suleimani’s remarks