Skip to comments.Iran's Khamenei Demands Halt To Election Protests
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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“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?
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!
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?
“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.
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!
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.
The Iranians need to cut off the head of this snake.
The protesters don’t stand a chance against the armed Basij.
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.
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...
Protests should begin in USA to contest OBAMAO’s fake election
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.
You have to give the Iranian people credit when they get pissed they hit the streets.
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.
>> What’s Farsi for Tienanmen Square? <<
According to the MSM, it’s “ho hum.”
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.
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.
“It doesn’t matter who votes. It only matters who counts the votes”. - J. Stalin
Those protesters need to tell Khamenei to “STICK IT!”
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.
“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.
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.
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!
That was one of the purposes of the invasion. Dropping freedom in the middle of countries run by authoritarians of different flavors.
You are SOOOOOOO on the money!!
AKs about as common as kitchen knives in Iran ............................. Yeah, but they’re in the hands of the Revolutionary guards and their families.
thats a great idea!!!
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.
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".
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.
And our Supreme Leader Ayatollah Obama says we should not meddle and cannot bring himself to express support for the cause of liberty.
Like you guys did in 1979?
Then no doubt, according to Stalin’s logic, “We the People” has no merit. But then again, we are talking a dictatorship and theocracy...
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 ...
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.
They are faster than Floyd Mayweather, Jr.???
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.
“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?
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.