February 2, 2010
On February 1, 2010 the police announced that they will “utilize the benefits of their power and will be prepared” for the 22 Bahman marches.
: According to BBC, on the occasion of *Dahe Fajr, the commander of the Mohammad Rasoul Allah Sepah [Abdollah Araghi] (responsible for maintaining the security of the capital), requested to make 22 Bahman (February 11) of this year the day “to pass the riots.” [Editor's note: the term "to pass" in this context is a euphemism for "to eliminate."]
Nonetheless, the opposition has announced their intention to hold protest marches on the anniversary of the Islam Republic Revolution.
Opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karoubi have [also] released statements asking people to attend 22 Bahman marches in vast numbers. Abdollah Araghi said to the government’s official news agency that his forces will not act until “rioters enter the scene.”
Following the last [large opposition] protests on the day of Ashura, police and security officials warned that they will not allow the opposition to show their power in the streets anymore.
The chief of police (Esmail Ahmadi Moghaddam) announced that almost 500 people were arrested on Ashura (unofficial sources indicate that the real number of arrests are much higher). Three days after Ashura, Moghaddam stated, “This time we will behave differently.” He also warned those who attack police forces and chant harsh slogans that “in the future, the police will not tolerate attacks and will react more harshly.”
Two days after Ashura, the Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Republic stated, “The new wave of riots has come to its end.”
In the most recent Friday Prayer sermon, Ayatollah Jannti, the secretary of the Guardian Council, called protesters “corruptions on Earth.” He also asked officials to not show mercy on them.
Additionally, two prisoners accused of [Moharebeh] for the post-election unrest, Mohammad Reza Ali Zamani and Arash Rahmanipour were hanged on Thursday January 28, 2010. Their families and lawyers were not informed of the executions. It is believed that the two prisoners were executed to create fear among the [Iranian] people.
*12 Bahman marks the day Imam Khomeini returned to Iran after his exile in France. 22 Bahman is the day that the Shah’s regime was overthrown by a revolution that created the Islamic Republic. The ten days leading to the date of the Islamic Republic revolution are known as Dahe Fajr (In Farsi, “dah” is ten and “fajr is dawn).
Translation by: Mana S.