Iranian reformers refuse to back down in the fight to achieve freedom for their people. Opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi and former reform president Mohammad Khatami denounced recent release of pictures which depict some of the 100 detainees admitting they had acted in consort with foreign elements by challenging election results which gave President Ahmadinejad an overwhelming victory. Khatama stated bluntly, “what was called a trial was a violation of the constitution.” It is clear Ahmadinejad seeks to tarnish the reputations of his opponents by linking them to western, if not Israel, influences which are behind attempts to bring democracy to Iran.
Relatives of the detainees claim their loved ones have lost considerable weight and appear fatigued. Ahmadinejad is caught between his desire to exert independence from Ayatollah Khamenei and need for his support during the confusion of current times. The last dictator to attempt “show trials” was Joseph Stalin in the 1930s, they didn’t work then and will not work today.