What life was like when Mousavi was Prime Minister – letters from an Iranian protester

Hi Jess

When Mousavi was the Prime Minister during the Iran-Iraq War, Khamenei [now the Supreme Leader] was president. They used to argue with each other about how the country should be run.

Mousavi was good in government back then. Although the economy was very bad, he tried his best not to put economic pressure on people so that we had everything we needed on our tables. We did not have as much inflation as we have had during Ahmadinejad’s government. This is why Mousavi has a good reputation amongst most Iranian people.

In the last 20 years Mousavi’s political views have changed. He has become more of a national politician than a religious politician. During the election Ahmadinejad tried to show this as Mousavi’s weak point, but because this is a change that the majority of people support, the people only loved Mousavi more.

Another big issue between them is Palestine.  Ahmadinejad likes helping Palestine and he thinks it’s an ideological fact that he should do it, even if the government does not have enough budget to do so. Ahmadinejad shows himself as a real supporter of the Palestinian people and by doing so he aims to gain a lot of support from the religious people of Iran and the world. But Mousavi says that we shouldn’t help Palestine if we don’t have enough budget for our own government costs. When Mousavi said this Ahmadinejad published a speech of Mousavi’s from 20 years ago, when at that time Mousavi thought like Ahmadinejad. Ahmadinejad accuses him of being a liar!! He is stupid in thinking that if some body changes their mind it means they are a liar. I don’t know how anybody can develop their mind if they are never going to change it!! This is the same idea that says we have to do whatever the prophet Mohammad did 1400 years ago.

I think the situation is very good now. People have great knowledge of opposing the government, though we need to be organised and learn correct and effective ways of opposing it. Mousavi is willing to establish a party to do classic politic activity.

As a person who sees what is going around me, I believe that Ahmadinejad could not get more than eight million votes and Mousavi should have received at least 25 million. I’m sure the real result of the election is close to these figures. 

Maybe one day the truth will come out.

Yours

Iranian protester

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