イラン抗議広がる 改革派が追悼集会


同日夕にテヘラン市内の広場で開いた追悼集会にはムサビ氏の呼びかけに応じて弔意を示す黒い服を着た支持者が集結した。ロイター通信などによると参加者は数万人。イラン国営衛星テレビによるとムサビ氏本人も集会に姿を現し、演説した。イスラム教シーア派では死者を悼む集まりを40日ごとに開き、1979 年のイスラム革命の際にも反王制運動が拡大するきっかけになった。


Protests in Iran Spread – Reformers Gather to Mourn

Support for protests carried out by reformers, emphatically unhappy with the results of the Iranian presidential election, has recently begun increasing. Once, comprising mostly members of the young urban class, even women and the elderly have started to take part in recent days. Protests are even spreading geographically.

On the 18th, in the capital city of Teheran, the Reform Party candidate and former Prime Minister Mousavi gathered supporters to mourn the deaths of several supporters suffered in the conflict.

The Reform Party has not lost its will, and plans to continue its protest activities in the face of increasing government impatience.

Later that evening, in a Teheran plaza, protesters showed solidarity with Mousavi, wearing black garments as a sign of mourning.

Reuters and other news services reported the number of participants in the 10s of thousands. According to Iran’s state-run satellite television, Mousavi himself was present at the assembly and addressed the crowd. According to Islamic Shiia law, the period allowed for mourning a death is 40 days. This came about after the 1979 Islamic Revolution against the former Shah.

According to The Associated Press, of the 10s of thousands gathered on the 17th, many women wearing the traditional chador (چادر) and middle-class taxi drivers were also counted among the participants. The protests, once primarily driven by upper-class youth and students, had begun to change by week’s end.

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