WASHINGTON (PAI)--Iranian unions, students and human rights activists readied nationwide protests.
Recent events bring to mind what Britain's Lord Palmerston said in the 1800s: "England has no permanent friends and no permanent enemies, only permanent interests."
International condemnation by trade unionists and human rights activists has greeted the execution of five political prisoners by the Iranian authorities on May 9.
The Tudeh Party of Iran has issued an appeal for solidarity with Iran's progressive and democratic movement, calling the situation "desperate."
Iran's president declared his country can produce nuclear weapons fuel, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Iran is becoming a military dictatorship, and the White House grapples with policy options.
People around the world are urged to speak out in solidarity with Iranian campaigners for peace, democracy and social justice.
Iran's regime is employing intimidation tactics and the Islamic Republic is facing a crisis of legitimacy.
Ibrahim Yazdi, a nationalist leader and the first foreign minister after the 1979 revolution, was arrested Dec. 28, following arrests of a leader of Iran's student movement and hundreds of others.
Recent events in Iran have further exposed the divisions within the ruling clergy and the desire of the Iranian people for change.
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