Iranian dissident Dr. Mehdi Khazali, son of Ayatollah Khazali, called upon the public to refrain from participating in the annual march organized by the Iranian regime to mark Revolution Day. By staying at home, Khazali said, "we will not be approving the murders, the plundering, the crimes, the stupidity and the arrests." He further said that participating in the regime's march constitutes "a betrayal of the Revolution… of the political prisoners, and those under [house] arrest" – hinting at former Majlis chairman Mehdi Karroubi and former PM Mir Hossein Mousavi and his wife, who have been under house arrest since 2011. The video-clip of his address was posted on YouTube on January 31. On February 5, Khazali was arrested and has begun a hunger strike.
Mehdi Khazali: "I promise you that we will shape a different Revolution Day this year. We will hold another 'referendum,' thus sending a message to the world and the ruling party.
"On Revolution Day, we will refrain from taking to the streets (in the annual regime march), and we will not be sheep led blindly by the (regime). We will refrain from taking to the streets, and that way, we will not be approving the murders, the plundering, the crimes, the stupidity, and the arrests. On Revolution Day, we will stay at home for the sake of liberty and democracy. That way, the haughty, the quarrelsome, the plunderers, the thieves, and the corrupt will be the only ones in the streets.
"I consider one's presence in the streets to be a betrayal of the Revolution, of the people, the martyrs, the prisoners, the political prisoners, those under (house) arrest, the divers, the fishermen, and all the victims of (the regime's) stupidity and violence. Let's hold another 'referendum' by staying at home."