|Mir-Hossein Mousavi (standing) with his late father|
Mir Esmail Mousavi, 1908 - 2011
In the cruelest of acts, Iran's regime kept Mir-Hossein Mousavi, a leader of the Green movement, confined to house arrest while his father died at his home at the age of 103. The elder Mousavi had been asking to see his son in the days and weeks leading up to his death, but ultimately passed away with his dying wish gone unheeded.
His death carries with it rather telling symbolism, and speaks to just how far the New Right has steered the current leadership away from the original revolutionaries. Kalame provides the striking context:
It should be noted that prior to the Islamic Revolution in 1979, Ali Khamenei, who had been pursued by the Shah's regime, was offered sanctuary in [...] the same house at which Mir Esmail Mousavi died today.Security forces arrested seven people attending Mousavi's funeral ceremony on Thursday, as he was buried at a cemetery in Tehran under heavy security.