Skip to comments.Ongoing LIVE THREAD- IRANIAN ELECTION & PROTEST NEWS
Posted on 06/15/2009 6:37:42 AM PDT by SE Mom
Time for a live thread to keep track of all the news in Iran- it's getting tough to keep up!
via almost-at site:
Here are some useful URL’S for keeping up:
And the Drive By’s try to supress full coverage of the protests, because it might reflect negatively on Zero’s capabilities to enact “change” you can believe in...
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CNN tried hard yesterday to make up for its lack of coverage on Saturday- in fact they had a two hour “special live coverage” from 10-12 last night...kind of like bribery!
This from the BBC:
BBC audiences in Iran, the Middle East and Europe may be experiencing disruption to their BBC TV or radio services today. That is because there is heavy electronic jamming of one of the satellites the BBC uses in the Middle East to broadcast the BBC Persian TV signal to Iran.
Satellite technicians have traced that interference and it is coming from Iran. There has been intermittent interference from Iran since Friday, but this is the heaviest yet.
It seems to be part of a pattern of behaviour by the Iranian authorities to limit the reporting of the aftermath of the disputed election. In Tehran, John Simpson and his cameraman were briefly arrested after they had filmed the material for this piece. And at least one news agency in Tehran has come under pressure not to distribute internationally any pictures it might have of demonstrations on the streets in Iran.
I’m monitoring some folks twittering from Iran. One twitterer, called Persiankiwi, gave the following reports over about the last half hour (goes from oldest to newest)
unconfirmed - students killed last night at Tehran Uni dorms. #Iranelection
no confirmed sighting of Khatami yet. #Iranelection
Ferdowsi Ave - confirmed - thousands marching - peaceful. #Iranelection
Valli Asr st closed to traffic - tens of thousands marching - unbelievable sight. #Iranelection
I cannot see directly from my position but am being told many many people in streets - too many to count. #Iranelection
have secured good proxy service. cannot display adds - will be cut as soon as displayed. #Iranelection
we have 40kb speed now. will post as fast as possible. #Iranelection
have spoken with Ahwaz. am told demos are not peaceful there. #Iranelection
unconfirmed - Mashad is violent. #Iranelection
unconfirmed as yet - mousavi newspaper offices raided. #Iranelection
tehran is at standstill. all major routes jammed with people. #Iranelection
we do not know if foreign press are covering this. we cannot access satellites. #Iranelection
tonight we will have film from march for u. #Iranelection
informed Karoubi and Mousavi are at different parts of rally. no sighting of khatami yet. #Iranelection
Thanks for the ping.
At this point, I am guessing that this is going to be quashed by the mullahs, but I hope I am wrong.
Wow..Fox showing opposition rally right now! Millions of people!
I tend to agree- however- last night I read a long piece (wish I had even a vague memory of where) by someone well-versed in Iranian ways. He said it’s not JUST about the protests we’re seeing- it’s also within the government itself- the mullahs aren’t in agreement about this and there may be splintering going on.
I don’t think Moussavi is necessarily better for the West than MadMood- but it’s a start.
FOX showing now live- HUGE, HUGE crowds in the streets.
Government says the “consequences of the demonstrations are the responsibility of Moussavi and others”...
List of active twitters from Sullivan’s site.
BBC News reporting opposition has called off the demonstration rally scheduled for 4pm in Iran. Reports indicate that Iranian police and troops have been given orders to use LIVE FIRE to put down the protests. This appears to mean firing on large crowds a la’ Tiananmen square style.
Maybe they’re in a “quagmire” at the moment. There are still some foreign journalists on the ground- and plenty of twittering. Visas run out for the press in a day or two so they may be waiting til no one outside can report.
1) Khamenei swinging from a rope underneath Freedom Arch.
2) The little Holocaust-denying creep whose name I can't spell, flogged mercilessly in public and then executed.
3) The Revolutionary Council stripped of their robes and paraded naked through Tehran.
4) Disintegration of the Islamic Republic and mass conversions to Christianity.
“It is not the number of votes that counts, it is who is doing the counting that counts!”—Josef Stalin
Blog with video and lots of good photos
A few more tweets:
oxfordgirlMousavi to rally “The vote of the people is more important than Mousavi or any other person,” #iranelection #iranelections #moussavi
IranRiggedElectMousavi gave a speech to people on the street, asking for re-election.Khatami gave a seprate speech with the same request.
oxfordgirlFrance 24 confirms Mousavi been seen at protest. I stand corrected #IranElection #IranElection
persiankiwimy ladyingreen reports sighting of mousavi. will update asap. javeed bad mellat Iran. #Iranelection
I think the MSM wants to supress, or at least downplay, the information because they are reminded of the recent tea party protests, of the ones scheduled in the future and the fact that millions of Americans are unemployed with grim employment job prospects and who have nothing to lose by protesting. They do not want to stir the unhappy masses.
Until the www erupted in twitter information the msm didn’t want to report much information, but with the volume of data on the net, they must report out of reluctance so as to merely attempt to appear unbiased. Tweets forced the MSM hand. Interesting times we live in!
> It is not the number of votes that counts, it is who is doing the counting that counts!Josef Stalin
Unless the people rise up.
I tell you, I haven’t felt this sort of amazing hope since the Berlin Wall fell. God bless and help the people of Iran during this pivotal time!
> I think the MSM wants to supress, or at least downplay, the information because they are reminded of the recent tea party protests, of the ones scheduled in the future and the fact that millions of Americans are unemployed with grim employment job prospects and who have nothing to lose by protesting. They do not want to stir the unhappy masses.
I think you’re on to something! I was thinking something similar late last night.
> Tweets forced the MSM hand. Interesting times we live in!
Indeed. This technology has truly shown us that the truth is like kryptonite to despots and their complicit toadies in the media. When people, real people, can be the fourth estate, well, that is truly an exciting time to be alive.
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Hemmer said the real test will be who can outlast the other.
Will the protesters outlast the police?
Hemmer says a lot of times in these cases the police will get tired of beating on their own people.
Mousavi would be far worse. He will follow the same nuclear policies and terror sponsorship that Ahmanutjob has been following but he'll do it smiling and the west will let down it's guard. Obama will think he's made a new disciple and Israel will be even more isolated than they are today.
There hasn’t been anything like this in Iran in decades- and now the world has seen it.
Oh geeeesh- Bob Beckel on FOX now reminding us how terrific it is that Lebanon voted pro West- and the credit goes to...The One.
The questions they’re answering is WTH hasn’t Obama said ANYTHING about this?
I didn’t see this one on the Twitter list. It’s a very active one:
also these Tweets w/i 15 miles of Tehran.
What I’m thinking is that the world has now seen that the people of Iran clearly want “more” freedom than they now have. Mousavi regrettably is the symbol of that freedom.
It seems obvious to me that Hussein wants “The Moderate” to win, so that it will look like his overtures to the “moderates” in the Middle East is bearing more fruit.
Therefore, it wouldn’t surprise me if we had covert operatives there, helping to stir up the protests, in hopes of dislodging I’manutjob & mullah rule.
Actually there was, in 1997, when the "reformer" Khatami won the election. And what changed? Nothing!
This will change the face of the Islamic Republic forever, said one well-connected Iranian, who like most of those interviewed declined to be named in the current tense climate. Ahmadinejad will claim an absolute mandate, meaning he has no need to compromise.
The elite Revolutionary Guards and a good part of the intelligence services feel very much threatened by the reformist movement, said a political analyst who asked not to be identified for fear of retribution. They feel that the reformists will open up to the West and be lenient on the nuclear issue, he said. It is a confrontation of two ways of thinking, the revolutionary and the internationalist. It is a question of power.
> The questions theyre answering is WTH hasnt Obama said ANYTHING about this?
We won’t hear anything out of him until a winner starts coming out of this.
You’re right on that one...
“it wouldnt surprise me if we had covert operatives there, helping to stir up the protests, in hopes of dislodging Imanutjob & mullah rule.”
Not this administration. No how, no way. Covert ops are for internal use only.
Sorry, but I feel this will be more like Tiananmen Square than Berlin Wall!
Shot from above crowd
We’ll see. (Hopefully)
persiankiwi mousavi said ‘these masses were not brought by bus or by threat. they were not brought for potatoes. they came themselves’. #Iranelection
StopAhmadiNEWS: Woman CONFIRMING some riot police speaking ARABIC and hitting ppl #iranelection\
persiankiwi mousavi says election not accurate. he demands new election now. #Iranelection
persiankiwi all my reports saying that demo is peaceful. we have film of demo now. are looking for ways to upload. #Iranelection
StopAhmadi”Militia still attacking people in sidestreets but main roads are peaceful marchers” #iranelection
persiankiwi Militia still attacking people in sidestreets but main roads are peaceful marchers. #Iranelection
persiankiwiTehran streets are a sea of GREEN - many many hundreds of thousands. #Iranelection
The One will ask:
1. that the Mullah’s allow “peaceful” protest and “vigorous debate”.
2. for “restraint” on both sides as the “Iranian youth expresses itself”
In other words, 0bama will, once again, vote Present.
I used to ping a lot to you folks. I thought this thread might be one you will want to follow.