Iran Braces For Monday Protests, Team Obama Getting Ahead Of The Curve

I’m actually kind of surprised that this news isn’t getting more news play

A Web site connected to one of Iran’s opposition leaders on Sunday renewed calls for a rally in support of the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia, setting the stage for a possible confrontation Monday between the government and its critics.

The statement on the site – the unofficial outlet of former presidential challenger Mir Hossein Mousavi – stressed that any use of violence by security forces would be an international “disgrace” and would undermine the government’s public support for the protesters in Egypt and Tunisia.

The government Sunday declared any protest to be illegal and accused the political leaders of the opposition, Mousavi and fellow former presidential challenger Mehdi Karroubi, of being hypocrites.

In fact, this demonstration may be much bigger than last years, with many leading Iranian activists already being arrested, and the Iranian government saying they will not allow any protests. Combine this with what just happened in Egypt, plus in many other Middle Eastern countries, and Monday could be a very interesting day.

The White House looks like they are not going to find themselves behind the eight ball, as they were with Egypt, nor will they ignore the issue, as they did with the first Iranian Green Wave. National Security Director Tom Donilon had this to say

By announcing that they will not allow opposition protests, the Iranian government has declared illegal for Iranians what it claimed was noble for Egyptians. We call on the government of Iran to allow the Iranian people the universal right to peacefully assemble, demonstrate and communicate that’s being exercised in Cairo.

Well, it’s a start. Would have been better if Obama had said it, but, something is better than nothing. Green thumbs anyone?

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