There are various ‘personalities’
issuing random orders, which much of the population is
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
“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.”
“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.”
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]
“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.”
fixing elections in a reasonably
educated population is getting increasingly difficult
“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.
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]
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]