Mousavi Launches Grass-Roots Opposition

By Mat Probasco,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 16, 2009 10:38 AM CDT
Iranian residents in Japan hold up defaced images of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during a rally in front of Foreign Ministry in Tokyo, July 9.   (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
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(Newser) – Mir Hossein Mousavi announced a new grass-roots political front yesterday, reports the Los Angeles Times, an ill-defined move aimed at resurrecting the Iranian opposition leader's anti-government movement and perhaps staving off his own arrest. The loose-knit Green Path of Hope movement isn't an official political party, and critics say the group is doomed, having little to agree on beyond common enemy Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

"Numerous volunteer and independent social networks throughout the society form the body of this movement," said Mousavi. "The Green Path of Hope is in fact aimed at regaining people's denied rights."