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Map of Iran and surrounding countries. Source: google.com
Map of Iran and surrounding countries. Source: google.com

Iran
 
Population 66,429,284 (July 2009 est.)
20th largest population in the world
 
Age structure (2009 est.):
0-14 years: 21.7% (male 7,394,841/female 7,022,076)
15-64 years: 72.9% (male 24,501,544/female 23,914,172)
65 years and over: 5.4% (male 1,725,828/female 1,870,823)
 
Median age (2009 est.):
all: 27 years
male: 26.8 years
female: 27.2 years

Source: cia.gov

 

Principal Cities over 500,000
total population approx. 20 million people

  Name Admin as at 25/10/2006
1 Tehran TEH 7,797,520
2 Mashhad KHR 2,427,316
3 Esfahan ESF 1,602,110
4 Tabriz AZS 1,398,060
5 Karaj TEH 1,386,030
6 Shiraz FAR 1,227,331
7 Ahvaz KHU 985,614
8 Qom QOM 959,116
9 Kermanshah BAK 794,863
10 Orumiyeh AZG 583,255
11 Zahedan SBA 567,449
12 Rasht GIL 557,366
13 Kerman KER 515,114


16 June 2009, in Naghshe Jahan Square, Esfehan, Iran
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madyar

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chaotic dictatorship in iran threatens bloggers

There are various ‘personalities’ issuing random orders, which much of the population is ignoring.

There are many reports around ?the country of mass arrests, particularly targeting ‘students’.

“Iranian opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi has called on his Web site for a mass rally Thursday to protest the country's disputed election results and violence against his followers.

“The call presents a direct challenge to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who said Tuesday evening that Mousavi should pursue his demands through the country's electoral system.

“But Mousavi appears to have no intention of backing down. His announcement came shortly after the country's most powerful military force said that Iranian Web sites and bloggers must remove any materials that "create tension" or face legal action.”

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faked up iaminastraightjacketorshuldbe ‘rally’ - allegedly direct from iran

Demo photo faked up by Iranian authorities. Image:

“See the circles showing where crowd images have been copied and repeated to add volume to the crowd that did not truly exist.”

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allegedly out of iran- if true, government murder rate much higher than reported

“I only want to speak about what I have witnessed. I am a medical student. There was chaos last night at the trauma section in one of our main hospitals. Although by decree, all riot-related injuries were supposed to be sent to military hospitals, all other hospitals were filled to the rim. Last night, nine people died at our hospital and another 28 had gunshot wounds. All hospital employees were crying till dawn. They (government) removed the dead bodies on back of trucks, before we were even able to get their names or other information. What can you even say to the people who don’t even respect the dead. No one was allowed to speak to the wounded or get any information from them. This morning the faculty and the students protested by gathering at the lobby of the hospital where they were confronted by plain cloths anti-riot militia, who in turn closed off the hospital and imprisoned the staff. The extent of injuries are so grave, that despite being one of the most staffed emergency rooms, they’ve asked everyone to stay and help - I’m sure it will even be worst tonight.”

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large gallery of photos - fire, damage and bullying [added 18 June 2009]


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what were the real votes in iran? was the leaker killed? [added 18 June 2009]

“The man who leaked the real election results from the Interior Ministry - the ones showing Ahmadinejad coming third - was killed in a suspicious car accident, according to unconfirmed reports, writes Saeed Kamali Dehghan in Tehran.

“Mohammad Asgari, who was responsible for the security of the IT network in Iran's interior ministry, was killed yesterday in Tehran.

“Asgari had reportedly leaked results that showed the elections were rigged by government use of new software to alter the votes from the provinces.

“Asgari was said to have leaked information that showed Mousavi had won almost 19 million votes, and should therefore be president.” [Quoted from digg.com]

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“The leaked memo says 42 million votes were cast:

  • “Mousavi: 19,075,623 votes
  • Mehdi Karroubi: 13,387,104 votes
  • Ahmadinejad: 5,698,417
  • Mohsen Rezaee: 3,754,218” [Quoted from digg.com]

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elsewhere in iran [added 18 June 2009]

Yadz (population 432,194): allegedly three killed.


1:19 minutes
Esfahan: huge crowds, see image here.

Shiraz (population 1.2 million): also now reported on the front line, more reported killed.

A more general report, dated 17/jun/2009, no time given

“In Tabriz, north-western Iran, 17 political activists, including doctors and those affiliated to the Nehzat-e Azadi (Iran Freedom Movement) are reported to have been detained and taken to unspecified locations on Monday night after they staged a peaceful protest in the city's Abresan Square.

“Among those arrested was Doctor Ghaffari Farzadi, a leading member of the Iran Freedom Movement and a lecturer at Tabriz University.

“Students appear to have been particularly targeted. Security forces entered dormitories at Tabriz University on Monday and detained 10 students who had been involved in demonstrations. On Tuesday, activist and student leader Amir Mardani was among hundreds more people detained.

“In the city of Oroumiye, also in north-western Iran, local media reported on Tuesday that two people had been killed and hundreds more detained after a crackdown on around 3,000 protesters in Imam Street.

“In Shiraz, southern Iran, security forces used tear gas as they forced their way into a university library. Reports say that several students were beaten and around 100 were detained. Unconfirmed reports suggest that one person may have been killed.

“In the northern town of Babol, armed paramilitaries and plain-clothed officials are reported to have surrounded Babol University and targeted students in dormitories.

“This scenario was repeated in other centres. In Mashhad, in the north-east, there were further reports of security forces attacking students and in Zahedan, in Iran’s southeast, two students are among at least three activists who have been detained.”

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fixing elections in a reasonably educated population is getting increasingly difficult - iran

“More than 23 million Iranians in a country of 70 million -- more than 60 percent of whom are under the age of 20 [ed.: 50% are below 27 y.o. As usual, Reuters have their numbers wrong] -- have access to the Internet.

Facebook was shut off in Iran on May 23, joining political and human-rights web sites which had already been blocked. The ban was lifted on May 26, following strong criticism from moderate candidates.

“Mousavi has almost 48,000 supporters on his main Facebook page. Ahmadinejad also has a page with 2,615 fans, while the "I bet I can find 1,000,000 people who dislike Mahmoud Ahmadinejad!" group has more than 57,000 members.” [Quoted from reuters.com]

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Twitter, the social networking website, postponed a scheduled maintenance shutdown after a US State Department request that it keep publishing during the Iran election protests.”

“Iranians have used social networking sites to send information, videos and pictures to update the outside world on the progress of demonstrations and other events.” [Quoted from telegraph.co.uk]

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