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Translated once again by NIAC:

I have submitted my request for canceling the elections to the Guardian Council. I am certain recent reactions are not for me, but it is out of concern for the new political order that is being imposed on our country.

It is important to understand what is going on. There has been a fascist coup after the elections stripped Ahmadinejad of any legitimacy. The resistance is religious as all mass movements in Iran are. The government is fascist. And the regime has split open, leaving the worst elements desperately and brutally trying to restore their control by force. My own hope is simply that at some moment today - as the hundreds of protesters suddenly became hundreds of thousands - the world changed. And it always changes in people's minds and hearts before it changes in the corridors of power. This is bigger than Mousavi now. It is about an end to the tyranny of so many years.

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