Invitation To The Mass Boycott of The 8 June Presidential Elections Ė The Beginning Of The Civil Disobedience Movement
SMCCDI Political Committee
June 2, 2001
Say "No" To The Non-Reformatory Nature Of The Islamic Republic
In a show of civil disobedience, the Iranian Nation should refrain from participating in the presidential elections.
Students are ready to lead the civil disobedience movement, and to form a transitional government until a free referendum is convened.
Civil Disobedience = 42,000,000 Eligible Voters
The dark shadow of a political impasse is hanging over Iranís upcoming presidential elections. The "so-called" reformers and President Mohammad Khatami have failed to propose tangible solutions in pulling Iran out of its current political quagmire.
In his first political rally (28 May), President Khatami did not talk about the obstacles facing his reforms. Khatami also failed to come up with any clear or concrete solution to solve Iranís problems during his second 4-year term.
Unfortunately, the only tangible truth about Khatamiís reform program in the past four years is the non-reformatory nature of the Islamic Republicís regime. A regime that is based on the dictatorial rule of the "Valiye Faghih" (Absolute rule of the leader of the Islamic jurisprudence), cannot in any way satisfy the aspirations of the people. One by one, all the achievements of the Second Khordad Movement have been destroyed, leaving Iran in its present political impasse.
However, the reformers are now encouraging people to vote for Khatami, arguing that by voting for Khatami, they would vote for reforms despite the fact that Khatami has visibly ducked from dealing with the issue of how to overcome the main obstacles blocking his reforms, the very existence of the "Valiye Faghih."
Khatami has constantly avoided to explain how he will satisfy the peopleís demands, and has merely been talking about generalities and his own personal opinions.
The totality of the reform paths are now facing the blind alley of the Constitution and the Supreme Leader. Therefore, voting for Khatami is not voting for the peopleís aspirations.
On the contrary, voting for Khatami means a legitimization of the Islamic Republic and the continuation of the countryís political crisis for another four years. It is a vote for the continuation of oppression and the arrest of intellectuals.
Iranians have clearly expressed their wishes during the past three presidential elections, but they are still waiting for the realization of their wishes. The reform movement is dead, and this is a bitter truth the reformers refuse to acknowledge. They are desperately trying to remain in power and they need the peopleís votes.
What should we do? How can the Iranian nation achieve its aspirations?
The answer to this question lies in the principle of national unity. The Iranian nation should immediately separate its path from the path of the reformers, and force the regime to grant them their wishes by launching a civil disobedience movement.
Boycotting the elections is the best way to force the regime to convene a free referendum. Boycotting the elections is saying "No" to the concept that reforms can still happen within the framework of an Islamic Republic. It is saying "No" to the wave of political assassinations and attacks on the university campus.
The Iranian people should know that the key to obtaining freedom is the convening of a free referendum.
By actively participating in the civil disobedience movement and by boycotting the elections, people can cut off the regime from the control panels. Civil disobedience is a new method used by civilized nations to force despots to abide by the peopleís will.
Iranians can do two things.
They can either participate in the elections and vote for candidates that have been pre-selected by the regimeís monitoring filters and screening process. Such a participation implies a prolongation of the current crisis and the continued absence of freedom.
A second option is to actively boycott the elections in a gesture of national unity and civil disobedience, and hammer the nails into the lid of the dying regimeís coffin. Every Iranian citizen has the right not to
vote as a manifestation of his/her protest. A republic is based on the peopleís votes, and this is a golden opportunity for our people to topple the regime by boycotting its existence.
Students can play an important role in this endeavor by taking the lead in forming a transitional government until a free referendum is convened.
The Student Movement Coordination Committee for Democray in Iran invites all Iranians to start the civil disobedience movement by refusing to participate in the 8 June 2001 presidential elections.
This is the wisest and easiest way to obtain a popular, democratic government .
The present regime is on the brink of collapse, and cannot withstand an organized, popular uprising. It has no other option, but to grant people what they demand.
We invite all fellow students and combatants to do the necessary to lead the civil disobedience movement until a free referendum is convened.
To conclude, we emphasize that the division of the Iranian nation into two factions - Those who are Khatami supporters and those who supports the hard-liners, is nothing but a big scam. It is only an illusion to fool the people. Iranians should not be fooled this time.
We also invite all political groups and figures to educate their fellow compatriots on the fundamental principles of civil disobedience, and prepare them for a large-scale and popular political battle.
Tehran, 2 June 2001 (12 Khordad 1380)
The "Student Movement Coordination Committee for Democracy in Iran "