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Iran protests 'to go ahead'
BBC ^ | 6/20/2009

Posted on 06/20/2009 2:30:08 AM PDT by james500

A key rally against Iran's presidential elections will go ahead on Saturday - in defiance of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei - opposition sources say.

The wife of defeated candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi, and an aide to another rival candidate Mehdi Karroubi, said the rally would go ahead.

Mr Mousavi later announced he would be giving a statement imminently.

Police have warned they will deal "firmly" with any protest rally, which they said would be illegal.

The warning follows an order from Ayatollah Khamenei on Friday that street protests should cease.

On her page of the social networking website Facebook, Mr Mousavi's wife Zahra Rahnavard said the rally would go ahead.

An aide to Mr Karroubi also told the BBC that a rally would take place and that it would be attended by Mr Mousavi and Mohammad Khatami - the former president, key reformist and ally of Mr Mousavi.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: iran; iranviolence2009; khatami; mousavi

1 posted on 06/20/2009 2:30:08 AM PDT by james500
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To: james500

Looks like today could be a tipping point. God be with freedom-loving Iranians as they try to break the chains of oppression.


2 posted on 06/20/2009 2:48:51 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Impeach President Soros!!!)
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To: james500

I hope enough people show up to prevent the “Supreme Leader” from having his way with them.

Anything is better than the tyrants in control now.


3 posted on 06/20/2009 3:00:56 AM PDT by DB
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To: ScottinVA

Meanwhile our President wishes they would just go home and be quiet so he doesn’t have to be asked about this anymore.


4 posted on 06/20/2009 3:03:51 AM PDT by mainepatsfan
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To: james500

‘Just watching Laura Ingram replay from last night. When she used the term “Supreme Leader” I thought for a sec she was talking about 0. May God be with those in Iran who yearn for democracy and freedom. There, I’ve said what 0 refuses to endorse so I guess that makes me a right wing extremist.


5 posted on 06/20/2009 3:15:43 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like what you say))
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; bigheadfred; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; ...
The wife of defeated candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi, and an aide to another rival candidate Mehdi Karroubi, said the rally would go ahead... Police have warned they will deal "firmly" with any protest rally, which they said would be illegal. The warning follows an order from Ayatollah Khamenei on Friday that street protests should cease.

6 posted on 06/20/2009 3:19:30 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: james500

Lord have mercy.


7 posted on 06/20/2009 3:56:44 AM PDT by don-o (My son, Ben - Marine Private FC- 1/16/09 - Parris Island, SC - Lnc Crprl -6/4/09 - 29 Palms, CA)
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To: james500

Iran state TV says clerics cancel rally
http://www.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSTRE55F54520090620

Iran’s state broadcaster said a group of moderate clerics had called off a planned protest rally in Tehran on Saturday against disputed election results because no permission had been granted.

The announcement, hours before the rally was due to go ahead at 4 p.m. (7:30 a.m. EDT), contradicted a statement from an aide to one of the defeated election candidates who earlier said the rally would go ahead.


8 posted on 06/20/2009 3:58:23 AM PDT by james500
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To: james500

We need a live thread. I asked the mod to move this one, but so far no response


9 posted on 06/20/2009 4:13:24 AM PDT by don-o (My son, Ben - Marine Private FC- 1/16/09 - Parris Island, SC - Lnc Crprl -6/4/09 - 29 Palms, CA)
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To: james500
The CRUCIAL Demonstration on Saturday 16:00 in Tehran and all around the world, please spread this message around

Five minutes ago from Mousavi's facebook page

10 posted on 06/20/2009 4:15:44 AM PDT by don-o (My son, Ben - Marine Private FC- 1/16/09 - Parris Island, SC - Lnc Crprl -6/4/09 - 29 Palms, CA)
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To: james500

Saturday morning is always slow on this board, but I really expected more activity behing this.


11 posted on 06/20/2009 4:18:43 AM PDT by don-o (My son, Ben - Marine Private FC- 1/16/09 - Parris Island, SC - Lnc Crprl -6/4/09 - 29 Palms, CA)
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To: james500; All

I also heard reports that the militia preempted the rally and have a fairly heavy presence hours before the start of the protest

For what it’s worth


12 posted on 06/20/2009 4:43:32 AM PDT by wiseprince
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To: wiseprince

Crackdown.

Those who make nonviolent protest impossible make violent protest inevitable.


13 posted on 06/20/2009 4:49:18 AM PDT by don-o (My son, Ben - Marine Private FC- 1/16/09 - Parris Island, SC - Lnc Crprl -6/4/09 - 29 Palms, CA)
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To: james500

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/jimalger/2009/06/20/SPECIAL-REPORT-Iran-in-Crisis

Live coverage on Blog Talk Radio


14 posted on 06/20/2009 4:57:11 AM PDT by don-o (My son, Ben - Marine Private FC- 1/16/09 - Parris Island, SC - Lnc Crprl -6/4/09 - 29 Palms, CA)
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To: don-o

http://tazahorate-ma.blogspot.com/2009/06/teheran-6202009.html

pics said to be from today in Teherah


15 posted on 06/20/2009 5:05:13 AM PDT by don-o (My son, Ben - Marine Private FC- 1/16/09 - Parris Island, SC - Lnc Crprl -6/4/09 - 29 Palms, CA)
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To: don-o

Thanks for the updates. I’ve been looking for anything concrete but it’s pretty quiet. That might indicate a non-event. We’ll see.


16 posted on 06/20/2009 5:07:01 AM PDT by james500
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To: don-o
FOX news reporter says the armed militia is out in full force.

sw

17 posted on 06/20/2009 5:08:23 AM PDT by spectre (Spectre's wife ) (Who will lead us?)
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To: james500

http://tweetgrid.com/search?q=%23iranelection

scrolling updates

FOX just reported thousands in streets and heavy armed security presence...


18 posted on 06/20/2009 5:09:37 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: james500

btr - linked above says that Mousavi is marching.


19 posted on 06/20/2009 5:10:35 AM PDT by don-o (My son, Ben - Marine Private FC- 1/16/09 - Parris Island, SC - Lnc Crprl -6/4/09 - 29 Palms, CA)
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To: james500

Hopefully, after today, those who seek freedom in Iran, will fully realise, that overt and peaceful protests, working within the system, will get them nothing. nothing but beaten and dead, at thwe hands of Khamenei, and his dogs of Satan, the basiji.

Hopefully, they will realise that their only chance to see freedom in Iran, comes from being covert and deadly. That Khamenei, the Hardliners, and the Basiji, should come to know the real fear that there are now targets on all their faces. That every morning, wil find at least one Basiji, or hardliner betrayer of the Iranian people, hanging from a lampost or tree, or over the side of buioldings. Rob them of their weapons and turn them on them. Then disappear into the shadows to strike again at another time and place, where they are few in number.

Let there be Jihad against the Satan Ayatollahs, Hardliners and their Basiji pigs!!! Let *them* know no safety!.


20 posted on 06/20/2009 5:24:31 AM PDT by DGHoodini (The New York Times, are lying 'Rats!)
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To: DGHoodini

Dat you, Rambo?


21 posted on 06/20/2009 5:30:14 AM PDT by don-o (My son, Ben - Marine Private FC- 1/16/09 - Parris Island, SC - Lnc Crprl -6/4/09 - 29 Palms, CA)
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To: don-o

Nahhhhh...Dat’s my cousin! :o)

“Iran’s national security council dismissed a complaint Mousavi had written earlier this week about plainclothesmen using sticks and metal rods to attack protesters.

“Your national duty and responsibility would require that instead of raising charges against police or army forces ... to try to avoid such illegal gatherings and not support them,” Fars News Agency quoted its secretary Abbas Mohtaj as saying.”

OR, IN OTHER WORDS:

“Shut up and lie down you dogs! You slaves! Or we will beat you to death!!”


22 posted on 06/20/2009 5:41:47 AM PDT by DGHoodini (The New York Times, are lying 'Rats!)
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To: SE Mom
From, Iran protests: live

"1.25pm:
The entrance to Tehran's Revolution Square, is blocked by fire engines, according to AP. It also reports that riot police have surrounded Tehran University.

Several unconfirmed tweets claim that protesters have clashed with the police. Some claim the police have used batons. ".........
23 posted on 06/20/2009 5:43:18 AM PDT by Girlene
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To: DGHoodini

Sounds like a plan to me!


24 posted on 06/20/2009 1:58:17 PM PDT by upcountryhorseman (An old fashioned conservative)
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