Iran’s special parliamentary committee examining the protests of February 14 protests said today that those events were “Israeli, American, British, anti-Revolutionary and treasonous."
On February 14, Iranian protesters responded to a rally call by opposition leaders MirHosein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi and marched in the streets of Tehran and other major cities in solidarity with the Arab uprisings.
In Tehran, clashes with security forces led to the death of two protesters, Saneh Jaleh and Mohammad Mokhtari, as well as dozens of injuries and thousands of arrests.
The parliamentary committee’s report, which was commissioned on February 15 at the recommendation of parliamentary speaker Ali Larijani, states: “Those who invited people to march, the organizers and encouragers of disturbing the security of the country on that day such as MirHosein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi and others, have committed treason against the people and are anti-Revolutionary and deserving of prosecution and firm confrontation.”
The report concludes: “Based on the available evidence and documents, the committee deems the prosecution of MirHosein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi along with their affiliates and collaborators who have had roles in the recent scourge necessary and [the committee declares] that there is no longer any justification for failing to put them to trial,” the report adds.
On February 15, the majority conservative Members of Parliament opened their sessions with shouts of “Death to Mousavi!” and “Death to Karroubi!”
The Iranian judiciary has made consistent verbal attacks against the opposition leaders but so far has refrained from taking any official legal action against Mousavi and Karroubi. The head of the judiciary has repeatedly announced that, according to the Supreme Leader, it is not in the best interest of the regime to prosecute Mousavi and Karroubi. The opposiiton leader have been prominent figures in the history of the Islamic Republic.
The parliament’s report insists the February 14 protests were planned by the U.S., Israel and Western countries against the Islamic Republic regime.
The parliament also recommends firm action against the “illegal activities” of foreign embassies in Iran, asserting that all of the “individuals and political groups and domestic and international sites and media that have promoted the Bahman 25 ( February 14) scourge and invited the people to join it” are enemies of Iran and collaborators with the U.S., Israel and Britain.