Despite efforts by opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi and his wife Zahra Rahnavard to join yesterday’s demonstrations, the couple were forcefully placed under house arrest.
According to Mousavi’s official website Kaleme, the opposition leader’s bodyguards were ordered by the authorities not to drive him to the demonstrations held in solidarity with the Egyptian and Tunisian uprisings. Mousavi then asked his bodyguards to hand over his car key and to allow for him to drive himself and his wife to the site of the protests, but was told that security forces had already confiscated the car key from the bodyguards.
Kaleme adds that after Mousavi and Rahnavard decided to walk towards the protest route, a white police van stationed outside his home prevented the two from leaving their street.
It should be noted that Mousavi’s home is located on a dead-end street, making it very easy for the regime’s security elements to control the former prime minister’s movements. Earlier in the day, all telephone contact, both fixed and mobile, were reported to have been cut off.
Fellow opposition leader Mahdi Karroubi has also been isolated from the outside world since four days ago.
The following picture was released by Kaleme, showing the white van used for obstructing Mousavi’s movement: