Skip to comments.Hundreds of thousands in Iran protest vote result
Posted on 06/15/2009 8:35:24 PM PDT by rdl6989
Reporting from Tehran -- Hundreds of thousands of Iranian protesters defied authorities Monday and marched to Tehran's Freedom Square, as the Islamic Republic's supreme leader ordered an investigation into allegations of voter fraud that the opposition described as little more than an attempt to dampen anger over the reelection of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ordered the Guardian Council, which is filled with his own appointees and led by a hard-line cleric close to Ahmadinejad, to examine challenger Mir-Hossein Mousavi's claims of vote fraud.
Days after Khamenei blessed the election of Ahmadinejad and urged Iranians to rally behind the president, the spokesman of the Guardian Council urged Mousavi's supporters to wait for the "final results" of the Friday election after an investigation into claims of fraud that will begin today.
"My request to the dear candidates and their supporters, who are trying to voice their objections while respecting the law and ethics, is to bear with us," council spokesman Abbas-Ali Kadkhodai said in a live round table discussion on television Monday night. "We will investigate and announce the result. The final result will be the one announced by the Guardian Council, which everyone should hopefully accept."
His call for patience came as gunfire from a pro-government militia base adjacent to the demonstration killed one and injured others, news agencies reported.
The protesters, with crowd estimates ranging from 100,000 to more than 1 million, defied Interior Ministry warnings broadcast on state television and radio that anyone showing up would be beaten or worse, and even ignored Mousavi's last-minute call to cancel the event.
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They need a revolution to overthrow the theocracy. More power to them.
I guess Obama has allowed his media to report this.
This is too Ironic.
A week ago I most distinctly did not like Iranians, per se.
Today I am really quite emotional to their plight.
Also, Sarah shoud accept Letterman’s latest apology...game,set and match.
I applaud the U.S. Ambassador to U.N. proposing the resumption of multilateral negotiations on nuclear ambitions of Iran today. Astute timing.
This is a preview of what we have to look forward to in 2012.
Don’t be so sure that one group of Iranians is much better than the other. It may well be a battle over which tyrant is in control and not much more.
That says all that needs to be said about lofty ideals like "freedom" an "democracy" in Iran.
Sadly, we're on a path that a comparable oxymoron to those terms in this country will be "Democratic-controlled government".
The president in Iran is a mouthpiece of the Ayatollah.
It's a matter of whether they want an outspoken mouthpiece of a more discreet one.
The objectives don't change.
Tyrants never "get it". Issuing a threatening statement like that, is like using gasoline to put out a house fire.
And Mousavi ought to have realized by now that this uprising is NOT about him.
"The beatings will continue until morale improves."
And this posted a bit ago:
We must bear in mind, however, that Iran is AT BEST, still a decidedly Islamic nation.
As long a Sharia is the standard for governing, there will NEVER be real freedom or consistent progress.
Obama seeks to do something similar in the U.S.
He seeks to "take us off the gold standard" in a governance sense. Instead of having laws and ethics backed up by something of solid and lasting value (the Constitution), he wants us to be governed by whatever seems best to him for the moment.
That method has been the SOP of history, and has never worked to any degree over time--certainly not the way the Constitution has worked as a guide since it's inception.
Nonetheless, Obama and his Liberal Ideologues, in their infinite wisdom, are hell bent in imposing it on us.
That certainly seems to be the message coming from the mullahs, doesn't it?
Hundreds of thousands of Iranian protesters defied authorities Monday and marched to Tehran's Freedom Square, as the Islamic Republic's supreme leader ordered an investigation into allegations of voter fraud that the opposition described as little more than an attempt to dampen anger over the reelection of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.