Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Iran's leader: End protests or risk 'bloodshed'
Associated Press ^ | June 19, 2009 | ALI AKBAR DAREINI and BRIAN MURPHY

Posted on 06/19/2009 2:23:14 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran's supreme leader sought Friday to end the deepening crisis over disputed elections with one decisive speech—declaring the vote will almost certainly stand and sternly warning opposition leaders to end street protests or be held responsible for any "bloodshed and chaos" to come.

But a first sign of possible resistance came shortly after nightfall in Tehran. Cries of "Death to the dictator!" and "Allahu akbar"—"God is great"—rang from rooftops in what's become a nightly ritual of opposition unity.

The sharp line drawn by Iran's most powerful figure, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, is a gambit that pushes Iran's opposition to a pivotal moment: either back down or risk a crushing response from police and the forces at Khamenei's disposal—the powerful Revolutionary Guard and their volunteer citizen militia, the Basiji.

(Excerpt) Read more at breitbart.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: iran; iranviolence2009; khamenei; seaofgreen; studentmovement

1 posted on 06/19/2009 2:23:16 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Free ThinkerNY
Iran's supreme leader

I got news for you pal! You ain't leadin' but two things right now: Jack and sh_t... and Jack just left town."

2 posted on 06/19/2009 2:25:02 PM PDT by SkyPilot
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Free ThinkerNY

“End your protests, wear your burquas, don’t listen to unapproved music, don’t drink, don’t sell your goat to your neighbor for the purpose of sex, and you’ll be fine.”


3 posted on 06/19/2009 2:28:23 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Free ThinkerNY
Can you say "Khameni Square"?

I fear a bloodbath is coming and we can do nothing and the world will do nothing.

4 posted on 06/19/2009 2:28:31 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Free ThinkerNY

“Bloodshed and chaos” are better than being enslaved by your government!


5 posted on 06/19/2009 2:30:00 PM PDT by SonOfDarkSkies (Obama: "Enough about me, let's talk about you...what do you think of me?")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SkyPilot

Sounds to me that the Ayatollah has given an ultimatum to the protesters to either stop the protests or there will be blood in the streets. This could get ugly real fast. The next 48 hours will be crucial.


6 posted on 06/19/2009 2:30:20 PM PDT by Uncle Hal
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Free ThinkerNY

I would love to see the Iranians overpower this pompus windbag and send him off to meet his seventy virgins.


7 posted on 06/19/2009 2:31:35 PM PDT by layman (Card Carrying Infidel)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: StilettoRaksha

ping


8 posted on 06/19/2009 2:33:42 PM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 151 of our national holiday from reality.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Free ThinkerNY

مرگ بر احمدى نژاد و خامنى

Death to Ahmadinejad & Khamenei!

9 posted on 06/19/2009 2:36:00 PM PDT by G8 Diplomat (I'm learning Arabic, Farsi, Urdu, Pashtu, and Russian so someday you won't have to)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Uncle Hal
How much of the military will defect?

Hopefully they won't want to fire on their own - but then, look at Tienanmen Square and how that work out...

10 posted on 06/19/2009 2:39:17 PM PDT by the anti-liberal
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: Free ThinkerNY
The leadership over there is a bunch of straight out of the middle-ages remember the Iran Iraq war with the kids ran though the mine fields given the plastic keys to paradise! Do not underestimate these turds.
11 posted on 06/19/2009 2:45:39 PM PDT by Cheetahcat (Zero the Wright kind of Racist! We are in a state of War with Democrats)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Free ThinkerNY

I’ve been keeping up with several friends in Iran, who are part of the opposition, via Twitter. They are all resolute that they will not stop the protests of the election. They are also well aware that Saturday may bring bloodshed and they are appropriately afraid.


12 posted on 06/19/2009 2:46:48 PM PDT by FourPeas (Why does Professor Presbury's wolfhound, Roy, endeavour to bite him?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: FourPeas
... They are all resolute that they will not stop the protests of the election. They are also well aware that Saturday may bring bloodshed and they are appropriately afraid.

Sounds like a plan, not well though out.

13 posted on 06/19/2009 3:28:43 PM PDT by LoneRangerMassachusetts
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: FourPeas

Has Mousavi called for a protest march on Saturday? From what I’ve read, it sounds like some of the Iranians are expecting more protests and bloodshed tomorrow beyond what has occurred to this point.


14 posted on 06/19/2009 3:30:41 PM PDT by Girlene
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: Free ThinkerNY

The mullahs have pushed too this time. It’s time for a real Iranian revolution. Free Iran Now.


15 posted on 06/19/2009 4:13:47 PM PDT by JerryP
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Girlene
Yes, Mousavi called for a protest 4pm Saturday (7:30am Eastern). It appears bloodshed is very likely, but only time will tell. With Khamenei words, the protests are now officially illegal which makes bloodshed much more likely. Going against Khamenei means going against Islam — an offense punishable by death.
16 posted on 06/19/2009 4:14:57 PM PDT by FourPeas (Why does Professor Presbury's wolfhound, Roy, endeavour to bite him?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: LoneRangerMassachusetts

Hmm, I’m not sure I understand.


17 posted on 06/19/2009 4:17:50 PM PDT by FourPeas (Why does Professor Presbury's wolfhound, Roy, endeavour to bite him?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: FourPeas
"I will participate in the demonstrations tomorrow. Maybe they will turn violent. Maybe I will be one of the people who is going to get killed. I’m listening to all my favorite music. I even want to dance to a few songs. I always wanted to have very narrow eyebrows. Yes, maybe I will go to the salon before I go tomorrow! There are a few great movie scenes that I also have to see. I should drop by the library, too. It’s worth to read the poems of Forough and Shamloo again. All family pictures have to be reviewed, too. I have to call my friends as well to say goodbye. All I have are two bookshelves which I told my family who should receive them. I’m two units away from getting my bachelors degree but who cares about that. My mind is very chaotic. I wrote these random sentences for the next generation so they know we were not just emotional and under peer pressure. So they know that we did everything we could to create a better future for them. So they know that our ancestors surrendered to Arabs and Mongols but did not surrender to despotism. This note is dedicated to tomorrow’s children…”

Thread

18 posted on 06/19/2009 4:18:31 PM PDT by wolf24 ("Another speech....another problem solved. Who ever knew it could be so easy?")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: FourPeas

Thanks. I hadn’t seen any word that Mousavi had called for one after the “Supreme Leader”’s speech today. Hoping your friends are safe tomorrow.


19 posted on 06/19/2009 4:39:53 PM PDT by Girlene
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: Sacajaweau
I fear a bloodbath is coming and we can do nothing and the world will do nothing.

They know. And they're showing up anyway.

“Tomorrow is a big day, maybe I’ll get killed tomorrow!” [Iran]

20 posted on 06/19/2009 4:43:00 PM PDT by PapaBear3625 (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money -- Thatcher)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: the anti-liberal
Hopefully they won't want to fire on their own - but then, look at Tienanmen Square and how that work out...

They will bring in the troops from the more remote areas of the country, that tend to be more supportive of the government.

That's exactly what happened in Tienanmen Square, they didn't use the Beijing-based PLA Troops, they brought in troops from the remote areas, he knew nothing about what had been going on for the past month, other than what the government told them.

21 posted on 06/19/2009 4:47:06 PM PDT by dfwgator
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: Girlene
Has Mousavi called for a protest march on Saturday? From what I’ve read, it sounds like some of the Iranians are expecting more protests and bloodshed tomorrow beyond what has occurred to this point.

The Iranian leadership has demanded an end to protests. Mousavi has called for the biggest protest ever to occur tomorrow at 4pm (8:30 am EDT). If the Iranian leadership permit it to happen, they will look weak. Tomorrow is "High Noon".

22 posted on 06/19/2009 4:47:37 PM PDT by PapaBear3625 (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money -- Thatcher)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: Girlene

Thank you. I hope for their safety, too. I pray for their souls.


23 posted on 06/19/2009 4:52:50 PM PDT by FourPeas (Why does Professor Presbury's wolfhound, Roy, endeavour to bite him?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: dfwgator
They will bring in the troops from the more remote areas of the country, that tend to be more supportive of the government.

Yup. There is rumour of them doing that already. Saturday is indeed High Noon.

24 posted on 06/19/2009 4:54:46 PM PDT by FourPeas (Why does Professor Presbury's wolfhound, Roy, endeavour to bite him?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: dfwgator
I was unaware of that particular detail. Thanks.

Iran is not as big as China though, and communications are different these days. I think there's reason to be optimistic, if at least only somewhat.

25 posted on 06/19/2009 5:20:36 PM PDT by the anti-liberal
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: PapaBear3625

And like ‘High Noon,’ 0 is the deputy that deserted. Hopefully others won’t, so maybe not so much like ‘high Noon.’


26 posted on 06/19/2009 5:25:31 PM PDT by the anti-liberal
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: wolf24

Thank you.


27 posted on 06/19/2009 5:39:58 PM PDT by FourPeas (Why does Professor Presbury's wolfhound, Roy, endeavour to bite him?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: FourPeas

I will join you.


28 posted on 06/19/2009 6:01:22 PM PDT by Girlene
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson