Ardeshir Amirarjmand

Iran’s opposition says government denials regarding the arrest of the Iranian opposition leaders reveal the state’s fear.

Jaras reports that Ardeshir Amirarjmand, the aide to detained leader MirHosein Mousavi, told Iranian and French reporters yesterday that the contradictory reports on Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi and their wives is a mark of the Islamic Republic’s “fear and mendacity.” Amirarjmand noted that the state could easily clarify the issue by allowing their family members to visit.

The children of the two opposition leaders have made several announcements indicating their belief that, based on the evidence, their parents are no longer in their homes.

The government insists that MirHosein Mousavi and Zahra Rahnavard as well as Mehdi and Fatemeh Karroubi are in their homes but are barred from any outside contact for security reasons.

The house arrest began after the opposition leaders called for a rally on February 14 in support of the recent Arab uprisings.

Mousavi’s daughters made another attempt to see their parents two nights ago but were denied passage.

Opposition websites have reported that the two couples have actually been transferred to a Revolutionary Guards prison.

The Karroubi family has described the treatment of the opposition leaders as “state kidnapping and hostage-taking.”

Top judiciary officials have adamantly denied this report and insist that the opposition leaders are still at their homes. Yesterday, Iran’s foreign minister, Ali Akbar Salehi also denied that the opposition leaders have been incarcerated.

Today, Amirarjmand also told reporters that street protests are not the only form of resistance. To confront the “oppressive regime”, he said, “we must change the situation by creating new local networks and engaging in other forms of civil resistance such as sit-ins and strikes.”

Asked about the prospect for protests on International Women’s Day, he said: “The Green Movement has been heavily influenced by women’s networks and their nuclear innovations. The two movements have influenced one another deeply and are naturally supportive of each other. Therefore, if women’s rights activists organize any protest for March 8, the people will take their place alongside them to support the demand for equal rights.”

Some women’s rights activists have rebuked the Coordination Council of the Green Path of Hope for failing to call a day of protest in the name of International Women’s Day. The Coordination Council for the Green Path of Hope has spoken for the opposition ever since the Iranian opposition leaders were cut off from outside communication.

Amirarjmand told reporters that the Coordination Council was established through the foresight of Mousavi and Karroubi, and due to security concerns, its members will not be officially announced.

The Coordination Council rallied people on March 1 to protest against the incarceration of the opposition leaders. The Council taken effective charge of organizing the Iranian protests after the opposition leaders were cut off from the public.