Son of Green Movement Opposition Leader Comes Out in Support of Iranian Nuclear Deal

A string of prominent Iranian dissident figures have taken a public stance on the nuclear deal between Iran and the six world powers.

The latest is Mohammad Taghi Karoubi, the son of Mehdi Karoubi, one of the reformist presidential candidates for the 2009 elections and leaders of the Green Movement. Mehdi Karoubi has been under house arrest since 2011 for his involvement in the unrest associated with the 2009 elections.

Mohammad Taghi Karoubi often acts as his father's unofficial spokesmen for the media. He is a professor of law who was banned from teaching inside Iran, and now lives in exile and is a pro-democracy activist. He released a 30-second video expressing his support for the deal and hopes of a brighter future that it will bring for Iranians.

Many comments that followed Karoubi's post on Facebook were of thanks for his solidarity with the people of Iran.

Karoubi joins an ever growing group of Iranian figures picking sides on the nuclear agreement. Leading up to the completion of the negotiations in Vienna on July 14, Global Voices collaborators the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran collected statements from notable members of Iranian civil society supporting the deal.

Last week, an iconic figure of the reform movement of the late 1990s, Ahmad Batebi, signed an anti-deal open letter and appeared in an advertisement condemning the agreement. He was closely followed by a video featuring Mohammedreza Jaleipour, a supporter and campaigner of the 2009 presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi who was arrested twice for his associations to the Green Movement.


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