Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Mohammad-Ali Jafari says the 2009-2010 Iranian election protest were more dangerous for Islamic Republic in compare to Iran-Iraq war which lasted for eight years and left more than one million people dead.
“Those protests were the battlefield of Islamic Revolution and anti-Revolution sides. The slogans used in those protests prove our claim on this subject. The peaceful demonstrations against rebels in that time held by the fans of Ayatollah Khamenei were a divine help for Islamic Republic.” Mohammad Ali Jafari said during a meeting with Basij volunteer forces in Tehran.
Mohammad Reza Rahimi, Iran’s vice-president, has also admired The Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei who led the IRGC forces to cope with demonstrators. “Islamic Republic of Iran doesn’t mean without the presence of Supreme Leader. He helped the country to repress those protests.”
From 13 June 2009 Iranians held massive protests in major cities against Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Iranian oppositions supported Mir-Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, two major figures of reformist parties. The protests were given several titles by their proponents including the Green Revolution, Green Wave or Sea of Green, reflecting presidential candidate Mousavi’s campaign color, and also Persian Awakening.