Iranian Press Pushes for Mousavi's Arrest

Pro-regime papers may be laying ground for new crackdown
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 24, 2009 8:40 AM CDT
Shoppers walk past a defaced poster of Mir Hossein Mousavi, in Tadrish bazaar in northern Tehran.   (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)
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(Newser) – Several Iranian newspapers sympathetic to the regime have published articles blaming Mir Hossein Mousavi for recent violence, reports the Telegraph. The papers demand that the opposition leader be arrested for treason, a strategy that may be part of an effort to strengthen the position of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Meanwhile, the Iranian intelligence services accused "a presidential candidate" of "a plot against national security" and alleged he had ties to foreign governments.

One newspaper close to the supreme leader described Mousavi as "the candidate for extremists who call themselves reformers" and said "the responsibility of these murders" lies on his head. The editorial also accuses him of leading "anarchist supporters" and disrespecting Khamenei. The newspaper article may be laying the groundwork for Mousavi's arrest, the Huffington Post speculates.