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Iran's Khamenei Demands Halt To Election Protests
Reuters ^ | June 19, 2009 | By Fredrik Dahl and Parisa Hafezi

Posted on 06/19/2009 5:44:30 AM PDT by Fennie

TEHRAN - Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Friday demanded an end to street protests that have shaken the country since a disputed presidential election a week ago and said any bloodshed would be their leaders fault.

He defended Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as the rightful winner of the presidential vote and denied any possibility that it had been rigged, as Ahmadinejad's opponents have asserted.

"If there is any bloodshed, leaders of the protests will be held directly responsible," Khamenei declared in his first address to the nation since the upheaval began.

"The result of the election comes from the ballot box, not from the street," the white-bearded cleric told huge crowds thronging Tehran University and surrounding streets for Friday prayers. "Today the Iranian nation needs calm."

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1 posted on 06/19/2009 5:44:31 AM PDT by Fennie
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To: Fennie
What's Farsi for “Tienanmen Square”?
2 posted on 06/19/2009 5:45:45 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Christian+Veteran=Terrorist)
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To: Fennie

“The result of the election comes from the ballot box, not from the street...”

Despite the varied internal and external reports of more ballots being counted than the number of voters in a particular city or town, etc. Right...okie dokie.

Maybe you can threaten to hold your breathe till they stop protesting?


3 posted on 06/19/2009 5:47:49 AM PDT by cranked
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To: Fennie

In other news, Obama still continues to stay detatched from the popular uprising for freedom and democracy in Iran while continuing to dictate terms of a two state solution to the state of Israel.
Way to go Barack. Not too hard to figgure which side you are on!


4 posted on 06/19/2009 5:47:56 AM PDT by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: Gay State Conservative

I dunno, but is that likely to happen? Aren’t AKs about as common as kitchen knives in Iran? And the Revlolutionary Guard - or at least parts - might side with the protestors. Or is that wishful thinking? Anyone?


5 posted on 06/19/2009 5:49:44 AM PDT by piytar (Take back the language: Obama axing Chrystler dealers based on political donations is REAL fascism!)
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To: lexington minuteman 1775

“In other news, Obama still continues to stay detatched from the popular uprising for freedom and democracy “

Obama NEEDS a hardline Iran to play against Israel.


6 posted on 06/19/2009 5:51:47 AM PDT by PetroniusMaximus
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To: Gay State Conservative

The Basij, the equivalent of 0’s ACORN, will crush the demonstrators. This should raise a red flag for those who support 0’s civil force that he says will be stronger than the millitary!


7 posted on 06/19/2009 5:52:44 AM PDT by balls
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To: Fennie
Massive street protests are all well and good, but if they really do want their freedom, Iranians need to understand that no one is going to hand it to them. If they back down now, they may as well just march themselves into a prison cell.

The protesters outnumber the thugs 100 to 1. March your happy asses to the government buildings and take them over. Send the mullahs packing. Standing around in the street is great for the first week, but now its time to back up the protest with revolution, or back down and await your beating.

8 posted on 06/19/2009 5:55:10 AM PDT by Steel Wolf (Oh, well. Back to the drawing board....)
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To: Fennie

The Iranians need to cut off the head of this snake.


9 posted on 06/19/2009 5:55:40 AM PDT by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: Steel Wolf

The protesters don’t stand a chance against the armed Basij.


10 posted on 06/19/2009 5:57:52 AM PDT by balls
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To: Fennie

Khamenei just threw the gloves off in a way that everyone living in Iran understands, a thinly veiled threat of murder.

He speaks for the true power base there and pretty much told the crowds that you either submit or you will be killed, and that includes the losers of the election who are behind the protests as well.

It either stops today or tomorrow or there will be indiscriminate killings of protesters until it does, or people finally explode and they get the revolution they so desperately need.

Whatever the eventual outcome I think a lot more people will die before this is over.


11 posted on 06/19/2009 6:00:44 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: PetroniusMaximus

“In other news, Obama still continues to stay detatched from the popular uprising for freedom and democracy “

Obama NEEDS a hardline Iran to play against Israel.

Not only that but it will prove the Dominoe effect that conservatives thought would happen with a democratic Iraq next door..people yern to be free!!!! And admitting such would give credence to Bush..can’t have that now can we...


12 posted on 06/19/2009 6:01:10 AM PDT by conservativehusker (GO BIG RED!!!!)
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To: lexington minuteman 1775

Protests should begin in USA to contest OBAMAO’s fake election


13 posted on 06/19/2009 6:02:22 AM PDT by Ulysse
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To: Steel Wolf

Do they have the equipment to do this? Mullahs will slaughter them if they do not. I don’t know what the situation is there. I know in Gaza and Iraq they could do it because the idiots are always “celebrating” with said equipment.


14 posted on 06/19/2009 6:03:41 AM PDT by Blogger
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To: Fennie

You have to give the Iranian people credit when they get pissed they hit the streets.


15 posted on 06/19/2009 6:03:42 AM PDT by Rappini ("Pro deo et Patria.)
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To: Fennie; M. Espinola
Protesters Say They Plan to Continue Protesting !

Excerpt:

We just have to keep the demonstrations so big that they cannot attack us. If the crowd is just 2,000 strong, they can scare us with 200 soldiers. But if we are a million, what can they do? * * *

For the moment Mr Rafsanjani is silent, and we don't know what he's doing. But he's a very powerful man. He's the leader of the Assembly of Experts which selects supreme leader. He brought Khamenei to power, so he will be the one who brings him down.

16 posted on 06/19/2009 6:10:19 AM PDT by ex-Texan (Ecclesiastes 5:10 - 20)
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To: Gay State Conservative

>> What’s Farsi for “Tienanmen Square”? <<

According to the MSM, it’s “ho hum.”


17 posted on 06/19/2009 6:12:26 AM PDT by Hawthorn
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To: balls
Sure they do. As a famous tyrant once said, "Quantity has a quality all its own". When you can mobilize hundreds of thousands of the most educated and sophisticated in your midst, you have options. Would it be bloody? Sure.

If you are afraid of being hurt, then go back to your cage and stop whining. I don't mean to be harsh, but the Basij are not going to give up without a fight. They also cannot stand against the full force of the crowds now on the streets. There will be blood either way.

If they fight now, it will be ugly, but the regime would fall. If the crowds aren't willing to go all in to secure their own freedom and future, then the only blood that will be spilled will be theirs, in the weeks to come.

18 posted on 06/19/2009 6:13:32 AM PDT by Steel Wolf (Oh, well. Back to the drawing board....)
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To: Fennie
Is it just me or does anyone else think that maybe the Iranians look at Iraq and see what they have now, and say “I want some of that”.

Could it just be that Dubya had it right and once freedom got a foothold in the Middle East it just might propagate?

Of course you will never hear this theory mentioned in the main street media.

19 posted on 06/19/2009 6:14:09 AM PDT by CodeJockey (If you can read this thank a teacher, if you can read it in English thank a Soldier.)
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To: cranked

“It doesn’t matter who votes. It only matters who counts the votes”. - J. Stalin


20 posted on 06/19/2009 6:15:54 AM PDT by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: Fennie

Of course.

The mullahs picked Ahmadnutjob long ago.

The mullahs don’t want their decision protested. /seriousness


Tens of millions of votes were hand-counted in 3 hours /sarc.


21 posted on 06/19/2009 6:17:02 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, John 11:25, 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13, John 6:69)
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To: F15Eagle

Those protesters need to tell Khamenei to “STICK IT!”


22 posted on 06/19/2009 6:19:06 AM PDT by Conservative_Jedi (Give me Liberty or give me Death!!)
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To: Blogger
Do they have the equipment to do this?

If you had several hundred thousand people with sticks and knives, fighting in tight urban terrain against several thousand riot police, most of the city would fall to the protesters immediately.

Once you start bringing in tanks and machine guns, it's a different story. For both sides. Because Iran doesn't know for sure who the tanks and machine guns are going to side with, if push comes to shove.

23 posted on 06/19/2009 6:20:12 AM PDT by Steel Wolf (Oh, well. Back to the drawing board....)
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To: lexington minuteman 1775

“Not too hard to figgure which side you are on!”

Exactly. Obama would rather “negotiate” with dictators than support freedom. His cousin Odinga is trying to become a dictator in Kenya. Obama is much worse than I thought he would be.


24 posted on 06/19/2009 6:23:30 AM PDT by popdonnelly (The greatest crimes in history have been perpetrated by governments. You've been warned.)
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To: piytar

Iran spent large amounts of money beefing up their internal security forces a number of years ago.

They will deal with the protesters when they get the journalists out of the country.


25 posted on 06/19/2009 6:24:39 AM PDT by listenhillary (90% of our problems could be resolved with a government 10% of the size it is now.)
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To: Fennie
“The result of the election comes from the ballot box, not from the street...”

Riiiight. More likely the results come from some imams in the smoke-filled back room at the hookah bar.

Hey, it's kind of like Chicago but with different crooks!

26 posted on 06/19/2009 6:25:22 AM PDT by Reagan is King (Every immigrant who comes here should be required within five years to learn English or leave.)
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To: CodeJockey

That was one of the purposes of the invasion. Dropping freedom in the middle of countries run by authoritarians of different flavors.


27 posted on 06/19/2009 6:26:33 AM PDT by listenhillary (90% of our problems could be resolved with a government 10% of the size it is now.)
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To: conservativehusker

You are SOOOOOOO on the money!!


28 posted on 06/19/2009 6:28:11 AM PDT by bergmeid
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To: piytar

AKs about as common as kitchen knives in Iran ............................. Yeah, but they’re in the hands of the Revolutionary guards and their families.


29 posted on 06/19/2009 6:34:59 AM PDT by Bringbackthedraft
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To: Ulysse

thats a great idea!!!


30 posted on 06/19/2009 6:35:34 AM PDT by angelcindy
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To: Abathar

I am afraid that the press does not recall that the Ayatollahs hated the Shah of Iran because he was instituting a land reform that would take away land from the clergy — which was then the preponderant landholder in the country. The dominant clerics remain today very rich and have much to lose should they ever be forced to cede power. They retain their leadership through the Pasdaran, the Revolutionary Guard, which is even more powerful than the military. Unfortunately, these fanatical Islamists will be forced from power only at gunpoint.


31 posted on 06/19/2009 6:35:48 AM PDT by Melchior
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To: Fennie
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Friday demanded

And that's who's really running things, anyway. Elections and presidency in Iran is all a fraud. It's almost as laughable is Saddam Hussein's "re-election".

32 posted on 06/19/2009 6:40:35 AM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity (Liberalism is a social disease.)
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To: Fennie

This, a blog from a young Iranian protester, tells what I think is the TRUE story here:

“Amir, Mashhad, aged 23: Please let the world know the people of Iran are using the election and its outcome as an excuse, their real problem is the whole system and the corrupt regime of the Islamic Republic. Anything that happens to us is because of this religion. How can I make you understand, religious beliefs are personal and should not be enforced on the public.”

It’s not about Mousavi. It’s about rooting out the muslim fanatics who have ruined that nation. Whether they will be successful is yet to be determined, but apparently they’re not going to be placated by a “prayer” and threatening words from a dried-up old mullah.


33 posted on 06/19/2009 6:45:12 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Impeach President Soros!!!)
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To: Conservative_Jedi

The more the mullahs oppress the people, the more backlash they will face. They’ve got a real problem on their hands.

The hardliners may win. For the time being.

This is definitely one to watch.


34 posted on 06/19/2009 6:49:47 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, John 11:25, 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13, John 6:69)
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To: Fennie

And our Supreme Leader Ayatollah Obama says we should not meddle and cannot bring himself to express support for the cause of liberty.


35 posted on 06/19/2009 6:57:25 AM PDT by fatrat (extremely extreme right-wing radicalized veteran)
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To: Fennie
The result of the election comes from the ballot box, not from the street,"

Like you guys did in 1979?

36 posted on 06/19/2009 7:01:05 AM PDT by ecomcon
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To: PzLdr

Then no doubt, according to Stalin’s logic, “We the People” has no merit. But then again, we are talking a dictatorship and theocracy...


37 posted on 06/19/2009 7:08:49 AM PDT by cranked
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To: balls

It will take years to get those “civil forces” trained enough to go against the hundreds of thousands of “right-wing terrorists” already armed and having had prior military training. Also, those being recruited for the “civil forces” are all going to be coming from the ranks of those who think they’re smarter than anyone else. Those of us who are prior military can remember those types. They make the worst team players.

I understand your point though ...


38 posted on 06/19/2009 7:11:56 AM PDT by Jackson57
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To: Fennie

the iranians that twitter seem to think much of the military will refuse orders to fire on the citizens.

Unfortunately it looks like it’s going to come down to seeing if that is true - or not.


39 posted on 06/19/2009 7:13:53 AM PDT by Scotswife
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To: F15Eagle
Tens of millions of votes were hand-counted in 3 hours /sarc.

They are faster than Floyd Mayweather, Jr.???

40 posted on 06/19/2009 7:14:39 AM PDT by JimSEA
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To: cranked

Despite the varied internal and external reports of more ballots being counted than the number of voters in a particular city or town, etc. Right...okie dokie”

Straight out of the ACORN handbook.


41 posted on 06/19/2009 7:16:01 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: Fennie

“If there is any bloodshed, leaders of the protests will be held directly responsible,”

I always find this sort of statement interesting. Kind of like, “if you make us shoot you, it’s your own fault”. Why didn’t they use that excuse at Kent State?


42 posted on 06/19/2009 7:16:33 AM PDT by Jackson57
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To: JimSEA

Almost as fast as ACORN!!

I just hope the Iranian people don’t ask for Ahmedinejad’s long form birth certificate!!


43 posted on 06/19/2009 7:19:15 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, John 11:25, 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13, John 6:69)
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To: CodeJockey

Obama is sitting back waiting to see if this is going to work and then jump in at the last minute and take credit. Just like he’s ultimately going to take credit for Iraq and Afghanistan. At this point, he’s either quiet or slightly negative about both, waiting until it’s a definite “victory” as acclaimed by his state-run media. THEN, it will be Obama’s victory ...


44 posted on 06/19/2009 7:21:03 AM PDT by Jackson57
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To: Fennie; FARS
Why do dictators always give rambling incohesive speeches?

In a free country you give a rambling incomprehensible speech and you'd get booed off the stage.

In a totalitarian country, you boo, and you disappear.

Intimidating citizens is how these thugs get their "god/Barney Frank complex". We keep our freedom by standing up to them. The Iranians are getting off their knees.

It'll be over for us and them when we're afraid to boo a puffed up ego maniac. And when they slink away in fear.

Castro was a rambling fool and his beaten down citizens would stand in the heat for three and four hours listening to his drivel. Same with Kim IckyPoop in North Korea.

Same with the thugs in Iran. They have the "God/Barney Frank " complex - big time.

45 posted on 06/19/2009 7:28:03 AM PDT by GOPJ (...those who make non-violent revolution impossible make violent revolution inevitable.- JFK (Iran))
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To: Fennie
"If there is any bloodshed, leaders of the protests will be held directly responsible," Khamenei declared in his first address to the nation since the upheaval began.

Yep, shooting 8 people and stabbing many others to death, not to mention the ones who have been beaten to death isn't bloodshed I guess. I suppose the people ran into the bullets, jumped on the knives and put their heads in the way of the clubs just to start trouble.

46 posted on 06/19/2009 7:37:21 AM PDT by calex59
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To: fatrat

We should all be taking to the streets in support of the Iranian protesters. Isolate Hussein’s view and show Iran that We The People are behind them.


47 posted on 06/19/2009 7:38:08 AM PDT by bergmeid
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To: Fennie
The brave protesters should redouble their efforts in the face of this challenge. They should get local militia involved to protect them where ever they can.

They have the mullahs scared and, God bless and protect all those who are truly standing for their freedom, they need to push all the harder.

A 4TH OF JULY TEA PARTY SPEECH IN AMERICA

48 posted on 06/19/2009 7:44:24 AM PDT by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free...never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: piytar
Aks are not common with the average citizens, not in Iran. Have you even looked at some of the videos that have come out of Iran? At great risk to the people sending them I might add. There are some pretty graphic scenes of people who have been shot and stabbed and beaten to death.

In some instances the people have stormed Basij headquarters buildings and set them on fire killing some of the "thugs" as Iranians refer to them. However, for the most part they are unarmed and have to depend on sheer numbers to fight back.

49 posted on 06/19/2009 7:47:32 AM PDT by calex59
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To: Fennie

Just like Obama, with these demigods there is always something that everyone needs “right now”. When the Mullahs took over they needed a revolution, now they need calm.

I hope the crowds will swell until they threaten Khameini directly.


50 posted on 06/19/2009 7:49:12 AM PDT by Williams (It's The Policies, Stupid.)
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