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Iranian Alert -- February 20, 2004 -- IRAN LIVE THREAD --Americans for Regime Change in Iran
The Iranian Student Movement Up To The Minute Reports ^ | 2.20.2004 | DoctorZin

Posted on 02/20/2004 12:01:06 AM PST by DoctorZIn

The US media almost entirely ignores news regarding the Islamic Republic of Iran. As Tony Snow of the Fox News Network has put it, “this is probably the most under-reported news story of the year.” But most American’s are unaware that the Islamic Republic of Iran is NOT supported by the masses of Iranians today. Modern Iranians are among the most pro-American in the Middle East.

There is a popular revolt against the Iranian regime brewing in Iran today. Starting June 10th of this year, Iranians have begun taking to the streets to express their desire for a regime change. Most want to replace the regime with a secular democracy. Many even want the US to over throw their government.

The regime is working hard to keep the news about the protest movement in Iran from being reported. Unfortunately, the regime has successfully prohibited western news reporters from covering the demonstrations. The voices of discontent within Iran are sometime murdered, more often imprisoned. Still the people continue to take to the streets to demonstrate against the regime.

In support of this revolt, Iranians in America have been broadcasting news stories by satellite into Iran. This 21st century news link has greatly encouraged these protests. The regime has been attempting to jam the signals, and locate the satellite dishes. Still the people violate the law and listen to these broadcasts. Iranians also use the Internet and the regime attempts to block their access to news against the regime. In spite of this, many Iranians inside of Iran read these posts daily to keep informed of the events in their own country.

This daily thread contains nearly all of the English news reports on Iran. It is thorough. If you follow this thread you will witness, I believe, the transformation of a nation. This daily thread provides a central place where those interested in the events in Iran can find the best news and commentary. The news stories and commentary will from time to time include material from the regime itself. But if you read the post you will discover for yourself, the real story of what is occurring in Iran and its effects on the war on terror.

I am not of Iranian heritage. I am an American committed to supporting the efforts of those in Iran seeking to replace their government with a secular democracy. I am in contact with leaders of the Iranian community here in the United States and in Iran itself.

If you read the daily posts you will gain a better understanding of the US war on terrorism, the Middle East and why we need to support a change of regime in Iran. Feel free to ask your questions and post news stories you discover in the weeks to come.

If all goes well Iran will be free soon and I am convinced become a major ally in the war on terrorism. The regime will fall. Iran will be free. It is just a matter of time.

DoctorZin


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1 posted on 02/20/2004 12:01:06 AM PST by DoctorZIn
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Join Us At Today's Iranian Alert Thread – The Most Underreported Story Of The Year!

"If you want on or off this Iran ping list, Freepmail DoctorZin”

2 posted on 02/20/2004 12:03:48 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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To: DoctorZIn
Iran's SHAM Election Day Reports!

3 posted on 02/20/2004 12:05:29 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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ISLAMIC IRAN PARTICIPATION FRONT OFFICE SEALED OFF

TEHRAN, 19 Feb. (IPS)

The office of the Islamic Iran Participation Front (IIPF), Iran’s largest political formation that controlled the outgoing Parliament was sealed on orders from the Judiciary, it was learned late Thursday night.

The move, on the eve of the controversial elections, was expected, as the Judiciary, which is controlled by the leader of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ali Khameneh’i, had on Wednesday night shut down the party’s official organ Yas e No as well as the reformist daily Sharq.

Mr. Ali Shakkoori-Raad, an outspoken reformist lawmaker barred by the leader-controlled Council of the Guardians to run in the Friday elections with some eighty other colleagues, including Dr. Mohammad Reza Khatami, the younger brother of the badly lamed President Mohammad Khatami, confirmed the information, but did not say on what charges the office was sealed.

The younger Khatami, who is the Majles’ first deputy-Speaker and the leader of the IIPF had announced that in protest to the CG’s decision to disqualify most of the 2.300 reformist candidates, his movement as well as some other reformist groups would walk away from the race.

Mr Khameneh’i and other senior orthodox ayatollahs, afraid of massive abstention, had ruled that going to the polls was a "religious duty".

Analysts said this and more important, an open letter more than a hundred disqualified lawmakers had wrote to the leader, accusing him indirectly for the mass rejection of reformist hopefuls could be the reason for Ayatollah Khameneh'i ordering the Judiciary to shut down the Party.

The Judiciary had also ordered Internet Service Providers to seriously filter three pro-reform internet sites, including Rooydad that belongs to the IIPF, Emrooz and Peyknet, making them difficult for Iranians inside the country to read them.

The Paris-based Reporter Sans Frontieres and the Association of Iranian Journalists Abroad immediately denounced Thursday the Judiciary's decision to close the two newspapers and impose filter on the websites and urged Mr. Khameneh'i to revise the ban on all Iranian press shut down on his orders.

RSF has "awarded" the Iranian leader as the "world's most dangerous predator of press freedom".

ENDS IIPF SEALED OFF 19204

http://www.iran-press-service.com/articles_2004/Feb_04/iipf_sealed_off_19204.htm
4 posted on 02/20/2004 12:07:06 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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To: DoctorZIn
Voting begins in Iran

Friday 20 February 2004, 9:23 Makka Time, 6:23 GMT

Voting began in Iran's disputed parliamentary election on Friday, overshadowed by a ban on most reformist candidates and a crackdown on pro-reform media.

Supreme leader Ayat Allah Ali Khamenei called on Iranians to vote en masse in the elections, accusing the Islamic republic's "enemies" of trying to encourage a boycott.

"I thank God I am here and able to vote, and take part in this important event," said the all-powerful leader as he voted in his Tehran complex, just minutes after polling stations opened.

"Today is a particularly significant day, because the enemies are trying hard to stop the people from going to the ballot boxes. But the people are very wise," he said in a live broadcast on state television.

Outcome

"Nobody can stop the young people from voting," he asserted, adding that "I hope the outcome will be a good one."

Reformist lawmakers barred from running for re-election have said the ballot is rigged and they will boycott the poll.

Some 46 million Iranians aged 15 and over are entitled to vote for 290 deputies.

Islamic conservatives seemed certain to dominate the new assembly after the Guardian Council, a watchdog panel of unelected clerics, disqualified 2500 mainly reformist candidates.

http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/DA3EC129-4CD7-43A5-BB83-46D08A51A700.htm
5 posted on 02/20/2004 12:10:59 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Iran's meaningless vote

The Boston Globe
2/20/2004

TODAY'S parliamentary elections in Iran shine a bright light on the terminal crisis of a failed political system.

The travesty of having the 12 members of a hard-line Guardian Council disqualify 2,500 of 8,200 candidates has not been lost on the electorate. Reformists speak of a parliamentary coup. Since a fettered Parliament and the office of the impotent President Mohammad Khatami have been the sole institutions in the hands of reformists, the hard-liners' strong-arm efforts to seize control of these platforms betray a fear of anything that resembles real democracy.

This is the anxiety of rulers who sense that their days in power are numbered. Their judiciary pitched in by closing two reformist newspapers yesterday. The papers were closed for printing a scathing open letter to the unelected cleric who bears the title of Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Signed by 100 pro-reform legislators, the letter castigated Khamenei for allowing freedom to be "trampled in the name of Islam."

In response to the thuggish tactics of the hard-liners, reformists have called for a boycott of the elections. Their logic might make sense to them, caught as they are between rivals who change the rules of the game at will and a public that has voted at least four times for change only to be cheated out of meaningful change. But the idea of a boycott has led the reformists into an impasse of paradoxes.

They say a ballot cast today is a vote for undemocratic elections. Conversely, a refusal to participate becomes a vote in favor of democracy. Iran's eligible voters -- there are 46 million of them -- may be excused for suffering a bout of vertigo from trying to follow this reasoning. They are being asked to believe that democracy requires one not to vote or that the act of voting identifies the voter as someone who actively rejects democracy.

The likely result is that pliant conservatives and zealous hard-liners will gain control of Parliament amid unverifiable claims about the effect of the boycott. Voters may stay home in droves, but vote-rigging by the hardliners will likely enable them to pretend there was a respectable turnout.

These spasms of a moribund system occur at the same time UN inspectors identified traces of highly enriched uranium on advanced centrifuges at an Iranian Air Force base. This suggests the regime has continued to lie to inspectors about its nuclear program.

The Bush administration and its European allies must walk a fine line, obliging the regime in Tehran to choose between a verifiable surrender of its nuclear weapons project and international censure and isolation -- yet refraining from any threat to use force. Left to their own devices, the ruling mullahs are doing a fine job of inoculating Iranians against the disease of clerical dictatorship.

http://www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/editorials/articles/2004/02/20/irans_meaningless_vote/
6 posted on 02/20/2004 1:16:52 AM PST by F14 Pilot (Either you are with us or you are with the REGIME)
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To: F14 Pilot
"After racing out of control, the 51 wagons -- loaded with sulfur, petrol, fertilizer and cotton -- then derailed and a fire erupted with several minor explosions reported, drawing firefighters and locals to the scene."

http://sify.com/news/international/fullstory.php?id=13396119

The explosion at the railway caused a crater 150 meters (492 feeet) wide and 20 meters (66 feet) deep. That is a lot, and it is hard to believe that the wagons only contained what they say.

a picture:


7 posted on 02/20/2004 2:08:49 AM PST by AdmSmith
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To: AdmSmith
A symbolic picture indeed!
8 posted on 02/20/2004 2:10:36 AM PST by AdmSmith
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Iranian protest stifled

PAUL HUGHES
REUTERS NEWS AGENCY
20 Feb 2004

TEHRAN—A hard-line crackdown on Iran's reform movement widened yesterday on the eve of a disputed parliamentary election when prosecutors sealed a campaign office of the main reformist party and blocked its news Web site.

It followed the closing of the two most outspoken reformist newspapers Wednesday for reporting a scathing open letter to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei by dozens of reformist lawmakers banned from today's election.

"They are blocking our channels of communication with the people," said Ali Shakourirad, a deputy and member of the Islamic Iran Participation Front.

The party is boycotting the election, which it says was rigged when an unelected clerical watchdog disqualified more than 2,500 mainly reformist candidates. A further 1,179 contenders have since withdrawn.

Criticizing the Islamic leader is an offence and the Supreme National Security Council had ordered newspapers not to report the letter in which deputies accused Khamenei of presiding over a system that trampled on people's rights. The dailies and Web site were closed when they disobeyed.

http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1077232211112&call_pageid=968332188854&col=968350060724
9 posted on 02/20/2004 2:59:10 AM PST by F14 Pilot (Either you are with us or you are with the REGIME)
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To: DoctorZIn; F14 Pilot; nuconvert
Boycotte The Election--BUMP!
10 posted on 02/20/2004 3:02:04 AM PST by downer911
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To: DoctorZIn; All
Report coming in from Iran:

"polls are almost empty in cities in north of Iran and northeast of Iran
and Shiraz in south . Polls close at 8 PM Iran time."
11 posted on 02/20/2004 3:22:19 AM PST by nuconvert ("Progress was all right. Only it went on too long.")
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To: DoctorZIn
BUMP
12 posted on 02/20/2004 3:50:27 AM PST by Pan_Yans Wife (Your friend is your needs answered. --- Kahlil Gibran)
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SMCCDI News
Violent clashes rock Tehran's suburbs
SMCCDI (Information Service)
Feb 19, 2004

Violent clashes rocked, this evening, "Shahr e Rey" the southern suburb of Iran.

Security forces entered in action in order to smash the protest action of hundreds of residents who were protesting against the Islamic republic and the persistent rights abuses in Iran.

Plastic bullets, Tear gas, Clubs were used against young masked freedom fighters shouting slogans against the regime and its leaders while qualifying any participation in the sham elections as a treachery.

Sporadic clashes have also been reported from other Tehran suburbs, such as, Damavand and Eslam Shahr.

http://www.daneshjoo.org/smccdinews/article/publish/article_4109.shtml

13 posted on 02/20/2004 4:20:14 AM PST by Pan_Yans Wife (Your friend is your needs answered. --- Kahlil Gibran)
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To: Pan_Yans Wife
Iranians Vote in Election That May End Reform Drive

Fri February 20, 2004 06:24 AM ET
By Parinoosh Arami and Paul Taylor TEHRAN (Reuters)

Urged by prayer leaders to "slap America in the face," Iranians voted Friday in a disputed parliamentary election set to tighten hard-liners' grip on power and end President Mohammad Khatami's faltering reform drive.

A short, lackluster campaign was overshadowed by a ban on most reformist candidates and a crackdown on pro-reform media amid apparent public indifference. The main uncertainty concerns the turnout, with even the size of the electorate in dispute.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, among the first to cast his ballot, said the Islamic Republic's enemies were trying to deter young people from voting -- an apparent reference to a boycott by blacklisted reformist lawmakers and student groups.

"You see how those who are against the Iranian nation and the Islamic revolution are trying so hard to prevent people from going to the polls," Khamenei told state television.

Conservatives seem certain to dominate the new assembly after the Guardian Council, an unelected panel of hard-line clerics, disqualified 2,500 mainly reformist aspirants and a further 1,179 contenders withdrew.

A gloomy-looking Khatami voted at the Interior Ministry. In an oblique criticism of an election he has branded "unfair," he told reporters: "This nation has been defeated many times but continued its path and created surprises."

State media, controlled by the conservatives, pulled out all the stops to boost the turnout and legitimise the poll, broadcasting patriotic songs and old footage of revolutionary marches and mass voting in past elections.

"TRAITORS"

Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, head of the Guardian Council, used the main Friday prayers sermon in Tehran to attack the reformist parties and student groups shunning the poll, saying the boycott was "rooted in the palaces of America."

"Those who whisper 'don't vote' are traitors to the country and Islam," he said. Some reformists say they fear a wave of arrests after the election.

Ahmad Amjadi, 42, a government employee in the holy city of Qom, south of Tehran, told Reuters: "It is our religious duty to vote."

"Iranians are united against the enemy and to slap the Americans' face, we will vote," he said, echoing the anti-U.S. rhetoric Khamenei and state media have been using.
The election could halt Khatami's frequently obstructed drive to liberalise the 25-year-old Islamic state, which has fostered lively political debate and some relaxation of strict social codes in the oil-producing nation of 66 million.

Disenchantment with his failure to achieve more during seven years in office meant many voters were likely simply to stay at home, handing victory to his conservative opponents.

"Or course I'm not going to vote and I don't think anyone else is. All of them (politicians) have only worked for themselves," said war veteran Ali Asghar, a white-haired man with shrapnel lodged in his leg.

Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi, whose surprise choice as winner of the 2003 peace prize shone a spotlight on the struggle for human rights in Iran, said this week she would not vote because people were not free to choose their representatives.

Foreshadowing a dispute over the turnout, the reformist-run Interior Ministry and the Guardian Council, which has the power to validate the results, issued conflicting figures for the size of the electorate.

The ministry said 46,351,032 Iranians aged 15 and over were entitled to vote. The Council, whose 12 members are appointed directly or indirectly by Khamenei, said it was 43 million.

"The figure given by the Guardian Council on the number of voters in the country is incorrect," the Interior Ministry said.

Most analysts expect turnout to be well below the two thirds who voted in 2000 elections, when reformist allies of Khatami won. A low turnout could undermine the authority of the result.

The Guardian Council disqualified the best known reformists, including 80 sitting deputies such as the president's brother, Mohammed Reza, as un-Islamic or hostile to the constitution.

In what many reformers fear is a sign of things to come, the hard-line judiciary Thursday sealed the campaign headquarters of the Islamic Iran Participation Front, led by Khatami's brother, and blocked access to its news Web Site.

The two most outspoken reformist newspapers were closed on Wednesday for reporting an unprecedented scathing open letter to Khamenei by reformist lawmakers banned from Friday's poll.

http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=4402091
14 posted on 02/20/2004 4:23:46 AM PST by Pan_Yans Wife (Your friend is your needs answered. --- Kahlil Gibran)
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To: DoctorZIn
DoctorZIn, I am here to report current events in Iran live from Tehran.
Please ping your list and I am ready to answer Freepers' questions.
Thank You.
15 posted on 02/20/2004 6:09:36 AM PST by Khashayar
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To: nuconvert; freedom44
ping
16 posted on 02/20/2004 6:11:04 AM PST by Pan_Yans Wife (Your friend is your needs answered. --- Kahlil Gibran)
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To: McGavin999; Eala; AdmSmith
ping
17 posted on 02/20/2004 6:12:41 AM PST by Pan_Yans Wife (Your friend is your needs answered. --- Kahlil Gibran)
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PING

LIVE report from Iran
18 posted on 02/20/2004 6:18:57 AM PST by nuconvert ("Progress was all right. Only it went on too long.")
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I have visited a few poll stations since this morning and they were almost empty and no one was inside the polls to vote.
19 posted on 02/20/2004 6:19:12 AM PST by Khashayar
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To: Khashayar
What about disruptions in TV and Radio broadcasts?
20 posted on 02/20/2004 6:22:29 AM PST by nuconvert ("Progress was all right. Only it went on too long.")
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To: Khashayar
Very good. It's important that you see this with your own eyes. The reports from the media will be interesting to monitor, too.

Thanks for checking in on FR.
21 posted on 02/20/2004 6:26:22 AM PST by Pan_Yans Wife (Your friend is your needs answered. --- Kahlil Gibran)
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To: nuconvert
Well, There are jams going on but I did not watch those stations myself.
I was not able to get Radio Farda or Persian Service of VOA yesterday night.
22 posted on 02/20/2004 6:27:10 AM PST by Khashayar
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To: Khashayar
When will there be numbers on how many people voted? By tonite your time?
23 posted on 02/20/2004 6:34:43 AM PST by nuconvert ("Progress was all right. Only it went on too long.")
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To: Khashayar
Welcome Back again and I wish you good luck with your reports. Be Safe Please!
24 posted on 02/20/2004 6:35:20 AM PST by F14 Pilot (Either you are with us or you are with the REGIME)
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I heard that they are going to close the poll stations sooner because not too many voted and they are worried about the number of voters.
I also heard about a very recent poll done by the ministery of Interior this morning which was also published on different News Webpages. Around 76% will not vote this time and about 21% will vote definitely.
The remaining 3% have not decided till this morning to vote or not.
25 posted on 02/20/2004 6:39:48 AM PST by Khashayar
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To: Khashayar
How ironic. Here in America, they keep the polls open LONGER, in some cases, trying to get more votes. In Iran, they shut the polls early! If that doesn't illustrate how different our nations are and how fake IRI democracy is, I don't know what else does.
26 posted on 02/20/2004 6:42:09 AM PST by Pan_Yans Wife (Your friend is your needs answered. --- Kahlil Gibran)
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To: Pan_Yans Wife
I don't think Khashayar is around anymore.

Maybe we'll get an update on things later.
27 posted on 02/20/2004 6:59:03 AM PST by nuconvert ("Progress was all right. Only it went on too long.")
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I ask Americans not to believe those crowds they may see on their TVs.
They conducted their followers to some specific poll stations to set up shows and then ask foreign media reporters to film or cover these fake crowds.
28 posted on 02/20/2004 7:01:27 AM PST by Khashayar
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To quote the good Doctor Z. .......
 
Iran's SHAM Election Day Reports!

With an offer from Freeper Khashayar to answer our questions about the fraud being carried out in Iran today.

29 posted on 02/20/2004 7:03:29 AM PST by Ragtime Cowgirl ("(We)..come to rout out tyranny from its nest. Confusion to the enemy." - B. Taylor, US Marine, 2/28)
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To: nuconvert
Polls close at 8 PM Iran time. In another hour and 15 minutes, according to my pocket PC.
30 posted on 02/20/2004 7:15:53 AM PST by Eala (Sacrificing tagline fame for... TRAD ANGLICAN RESOURCE PAGE: http://eala.freeservers.com/anglican)
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To: Eala
yup.
31 posted on 02/20/2004 7:17:08 AM PST by nuconvert ("Progress was all right. Only it went on too long.")
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To: Eala
Nice to see you again!

-- There are 46 milion people who could vote today. Also, I have read about printing 4 milion fake ID cards by IRGC in Pakistan. Those fake ID cards can help the IRI to show a big increase in its stats.

32 posted on 02/20/2004 7:19:53 AM PST by Khashayar
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To: Khashayar
And you, Khashayar! I was just on the phone with LibreOuMort (she's on her way to the state capitol to try to kill a bad piece of legislation), and she sends you her best. Tomorrow night we will be at a party of mostly Iranians; it will be interesting to hear their take on the elections.
33 posted on 02/20/2004 7:25:09 AM PST by Eala (Sacrificing tagline fame for... TRAD ANGLICAN RESOURCE PAGE: http://eala.freeservers.com/anglican)
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To: DoctorZIn; nuconvert; Pan_Yans Wife
The Friday prayer speaker today said that those who ask for boycotting the current elections are Traitors to Islam and should stand trial.

((Seems that they are going to try all Iranians)).

34 posted on 02/20/2004 7:26:40 AM PST by Khashayar
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35 posted on 02/20/2004 7:28:45 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (The Democrats believe in CHOICE. I have chosen to vote STRAIGHT TICKET GOP for years !!)
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DoctorZIn, I am here to report current events in Iran live from Tehran.

Please ping your list and I am ready to answer Freepers' questions.
Thank You.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1081794/posts?page=15#15
36 posted on 02/20/2004 7:44:40 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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To: DoctorZIn
This just in from a student inside of Iran...

"Doc,
I have been to 7 poll stations till noon and I can tell you that they were all empty.

No one was there to vote.

I will try to find more later. I visited them in 3 different times.

Thanks"
37 posted on 02/20/2004 7:49:51 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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To: DoctorZIn
So, they will be closed early?
38 posted on 02/20/2004 7:53:50 AM PST by Pan_Yans Wife (Your friend is your needs answered. --- Kahlil Gibran)
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To: DoctorZIn
Khashayar,

We are hearing that the polls in Iran are empty, what ate you hearing? What is the mood of the people there? Are people afraid, defiant, or what?
39 posted on 02/20/2004 7:55:44 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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To: DoctorZIn
I visited different polls as well and they were empty.
I asked my neighbors, friends and people on street if they went to vote and all of them answered NO.
Moreover, I can tell you people are not afraid this time and they are united.
Ordinary people did what they have supposed to do on their fridays and as you know, Fridays are our weekend.
No one around me went to vote in this sham election.
40 posted on 02/20/2004 8:01:46 AM PST by Khashayar
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To: Khashayar
Great news!
41 posted on 02/20/2004 8:06:32 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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To: Khashayar
What are the regime's news reports saying?
42 posted on 02/20/2004 8:09:38 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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To: DoctorZIn
Violent clashes rock Tehran's suburbs

SMCCDI (Information Service)
Feb 19, 2004

Violent clashes rocked, this evening, "Shahr e Rey" the southern suburb of Iran.

Security forces entered in action in order to smash the protest action of hundreds of residents who were protesting against the Islamic republic and the persistent rights abuses in Iran.

Plastic bullets, Tear gas, Clubs were used against young masked freedom fighters shouting slogans against the regime and its leaders while qualifying any participation in the sham elections as a treachery.

Sporadic clashes have also been reported from other Tehran suburbs, such as, Damavand and Eslam Shahr.

http://www.daneshjoo.org/generalnews/article/publish/article_4987.shtml
43 posted on 02/20/2004 8:11:15 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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To: DoctorZIn
Iranians boycott massively the sham elections

SMCCDI (Information Service)
Feb 20, 2004

Reports from most Iranian cities are stating about the massive popular boycott of the Islamic regime's sham elections.

Millions of Iranians have stayed home and affar from official ballot boxes in order to show the rejection of the Islamic republic in its totality.

Reports from Shiraz, Mashad, Kerman, Malayer, Abadan, Bookan, Esfahan, Tabriz, Marivan, Amol, Sannandaj, Oroomiah (former Rezai-e) and Gonabad are all stating about dead cities in another show of massive Civil Disobeidance.

The usually crowdy streets and avenues of most areas of Tehran, the regime's Capital, are also empty contrary to any other Friday and the population is at home.

Several reports are stating about the transfer of professional "voters" from one ballot to another in order to simulate popular participation. An estimated 150,000 "voters" have been transferred, since Feb. 9th, to the capital for participating in Feb. 11th official demos and the today's sham elections.

4,000 full buses and most dorm facilities affiliated to the regime and its mosques were allocated for these 2 shows.

http://www.daneshjoo.org/generalnews/article/publish/article_4989.shtml
44 posted on 02/20/2004 8:12:19 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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To: DoctorZIn
Regime "collects" votes" in remote villages

SMCCDI (Information Service)
Feb 20, 2004

Reports from some remotes villages of Mazandaran province are stating about an organized "collection" of "votes" by the Islamic regime's militiamen.

Villagers have been forced to vote as armed militiamen are presenting them ambulent ballot boxes and explaining them the "advantages" of their "participation".

The regime is using such process in order to compensate its fiasco in the cities which are under the watch of many foreign observers.

http://www.daneshjoo.org/generalnews/article/publish/article_4988.shtml
45 posted on 02/20/2004 8:13:51 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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To: DoctorZIn
IRIB keeps saying about Milions of People joined to vote in this round of election.
They keep showing some specific poll centers that their hired people go to vote.
They hired and imported many to vote in Tehran and to show them to Foreign Media and observers.
46 posted on 02/20/2004 8:14:59 AM PST by Khashayar
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To: DoctorZIn
EXACTLY like the voting in Zimbabwe. Dictators all use the same tricks.
47 posted on 02/20/2004 8:15:01 AM PST by Pan_Yans Wife (Your friend is your needs answered. --- Kahlil Gibran)
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To: DoctorZIn
Oh, that's great!

Can we get that on the front page of USA Today?


"Villagers Forced to Vote at Gunpoint"

How about this for a headline for N.Y. Times?
48 posted on 02/20/2004 8:18:35 AM PST by nuconvert ("Progress was all right. Only it went on too long.")
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To: Khashayar
What about this "massive turnout" He is probably referring to the massive turnout in his office:

http://www.mehrnews.com/wfNewsDetails_en.aspx?NewsID=60491&t=Political

Elections, to End Up in a More Moderate, Calm Majlis: EC Head
TEHRAN, February 20 (Mehr News Agency) -- Expediency Council Chief Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani after casting his vote for the 7th Majlis elections said, by their massive turnout in the polls, the Iranian people would answer the spites, Mehr News Agency reported on Friday.

Rafsanjani was referring to the recent events on the threshold of the 7th parliamentary elections, saying that given the issues such as some government bills that had been very politicized and the disqualifications by the Guardian Council of some hopefuls, it was clear we would be facing a venturous election. EC head noted it would have been better to do away with unpleasant internal events, the report added.



The EC head who was speaking to domestic and foreign reporters asserted that the interference of the foreigners, particularly the U.S., aimed at disappointing the Iranian people were worse than anything else. They have done all they could to dissuade people from taking part in the elections, the former Iranian president also noted.



On his assessment of the electorates, he added that, the general atmosphere shows a satisfactory rate of public participation may be expected.



In response to a reporter inquiring whether democracy would be materialized if only a quarter of the contenders turn out to be elected, he said so far in the past parliamentary and presidential elections, both the public turnout and the votes cast for the contenders have been more favorable than similar electoral results in the rest of the world.



He explained that at worst we would have a situation similar to that of the U.S. in which its president was elected by only 25 percent of the votes. Moreover, the U.S. president was declared the winner of the votes only after the verdict of the court, however, Rafsanjani also commented.



Turning to the pre-electoral process of assessment of the contenders? qualifications, the EC head predicted the election is likely to end up in forming a more moderate and calm Majlis, the report added.



Asked whether the 7th Majlis elections would be safe, he noted, "This time more serious supervision is effected and the executive board is more alert. Besides, the public close watch is of great significance and they themselves should keep a close eye on the balloting process."



As to Iran-Egypt ties, he voiced interest in renewal of ties between the two states and said, ?I have always been eager to see the relations between the two countries become natural.?



RA/IS
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MNA
49 posted on 02/20/2004 8:18:50 AM PST by AdmSmith
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To: nuconvert
Yeah, Carter will denounce it, at once!
50 posted on 02/20/2004 8:21:19 AM PST by Pan_Yans Wife (Your friend is your needs answered. --- Kahlil Gibran)
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