Iranian opposition groups today called on people to join a rally on February 20 commemorating the seventh day of the passing of the two people killed during the protests of Bahman 25 (February 14).
The coordination council of the Green Path of Hope issued a statement on Kaleme and other opposition websites,asking people to join the rally “in firm support of the political stances of the leaders of the movement, MirHosein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, and to continue the hard path of freedom and human dignity, and also in solidarity with our Kurdish compatriots, paying respect to the spilt blood of our two beloved Iranians one Shia, the other Sunni, who died in the struggle against religious despotism.”
During Monday’s anti-government protests, Saneh Jaleh and Mohammad Mokhtari were killed by gunshots. While the government has announced that protesters were responsible for the deaths, the opposition insists both men were killed by security forces.
Meanwhile, Ghaneh Jaleh, the brother of one of the victims, has denied the government’s allegations, telling Voice of America that his brother did not belong to the state-backed Basij militia and the government has been fabricating documents to make it appear as if he did.
The new rally call comes as the two opposition leaders remain under house arrest. Today the judiciary announced the leaders will be prevented from issuing any further statements. There has been a complete news blackout around MirHosein Mousavi and his wife Zahra Rahnavard, which has worried their family.