Mousavi: I Will Die for Reform

He makes first statement since death of his nephew
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 1, 2010 6:25 AM CST
Mousavi: I Will Die for Reform
This undated image courtesy of Paris-based Iranian film director Mohsen Makhmalbaf shows opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi, left, with his late nephew Ali Mousavi.   (AP Photo/Courtesy Mohsen Makhmalbaf)

(Newser) – In his first public statement since the death of his nephew during anti-government protests, Mir Hossein Mousavi says he, too, is willing to die for the cause. "I am not afraid to die for people's demands," said a statement on his website, without mention of his nephew. He also warned that the killing or arrest of himself or other opposition leaders in Iran would not "calm the situation."

The only way to do that, he said, is for the government to accept "direct responsibility" for the chaos and put in place specific reforms, reports the BBC. These include a "transparent law" for elections, the release of political prisoners, and freedom of the press. "I say openly that until there is an acknowledgment of the existence of a serious crisis in the country, there will be no possibility of resolving the problems and issues," he said. (Read more Mir Hossein Mousavi stories.)

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