After previously heralding the Egyptian protests as a triumph for democracy, the Iranian government has made it clear that such demonstrations are best viewed from afar. After cracking down on tens of thousands of protesters yesterday, Iranian legislators are calling for the leaders of the protests to be executed. This followed the announcement that the government will be opening special courts to punish journalists.
Hardline Iranian lawmakers called for swift trials and executions for all those who lead protests yesterday. Dozens have already been arrested, access denied to leaders, and the Internet interrupted in the crackdown. Iranian leaders used the open session of the parliament to lead chants of “death to Mousavi, Karroubi and Kahatami,” referring to opposition leaders. Nothing like a demonstration of democratic values . . . Iranian style.