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Thirty-six army officers arrested in Iran over protest plan
Guardian ^ | July 19, 2009

Posted on 07/19/2009 5:13:29 PM PDT by nuconvert

The Iranian army has arrested 36 officers who planned to attend last week's Friday prayer sermon by former president Hashemi Rafsanjani in their military uniforms as an act of political defiance, according to Farsi-language websites.

The officers intended the gesture to show solidarity with the demonstrations against last month's presidential election result, which was won by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad but which has been clouded by allegations of mass fraud.

Rafsanjani used the sermon at Tehran university to challenge the authority of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, by questioning the result in the presence of the defeated reformist candidate, Mir Hossein Mousavi, and tens of thousands of his supporters.

Security forces used teargas and arrested dozens of those in attendance in a sign of the authorities' nervousness over the event.

The officers were rounded up on Friday morning by army intelligence agents who had caught wind of the plan. They are said to have been arrested at their homes and taken to an unknown location.

(Excerpt) Read more at guardian.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: iran; iranianofficers; rafsanjani

1 posted on 07/19/2009 5:13:30 PM PDT by nuconvert
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Pong


2 posted on 07/19/2009 5:14:39 PM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: nuconvert

Veeeeery interesting. Thanks!


3 posted on 07/19/2009 5:16:29 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: nuconvert

The mullahs make another mistake.
The troops of these oficers may not take kindly to this kind of treatment of those who lead them.


4 posted on 07/19/2009 5:31:50 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: nuconvert

This was on Twitter this morning, I posted on:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2295486/posts

I read a post on Twitter (about 4:00 AM CDT here) from Iran that stated:

“36 high rank IRI military personnel arrested last night - confirmed by trusted source Tehran”

I have been expecting something like that, but this was from an entity that I had not had exchanges with, but had seen for some time.

Today may be interesting, and dangerous for those Persians who are trying to gain their freedom.

From another post I learned something I did not know before, that Rafsanjani was at one point Commander-in-chief of the military—

“Rafsanjani In the last year of war w/ Iraq, Khomeini appointed him acting commander-in-chief of armed forces.”


5 posted on 07/19/2009 5:32:35 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (The last time I looked, this is still Texas where I live.)
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The Iranian army has arrested 36 officers who planned to attend last week's Friday prayer sermon by former president Hashemi Rafsanjani in their military uniforms as an act of political defiance, according to Farsi-language websites. The officers intended the gesture to show solidarity with the demonstrations against last month's presidential election result

6 posted on 07/19/2009 7:13:12 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: nuconvert

Vacancies = promotions.


7 posted on 07/19/2009 7:15:30 PM PDT by verity
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To: tet68

Expect an Iranian sniper to start reaching out and touching the regime in the near future...


8 posted on 07/19/2009 8:48:21 PM PDT by Hoosier-Daddy ("It does no good to be a super power if you have to worry what the neighbors think." BuffaloJack)
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To: nuconvert

Yesterday there was a youtube video of a mullah “prayer leader” shouting the regular malediction “Death to America,” and “death to Israel”, as well as “death to Britain.” In each case, the congregation is usually expected to chant the curse responsively.

But in this case, with each curse of the mullah, the congregation shouted back “Death to Rossiya!” (Russia)


9 posted on 07/19/2009 9:10:39 PM PDT by cookcounty (http://www.stumpedagain.wordpress.com)
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To: nuconvert

Here is a detailed description of the events surrounding the Friday Pray in Tehran. I posted this tonight, but have not seen a single ping on it.

I think the problem is the Article Title. (Prayers Make History) Exactly as published, but does not tell enough.

The author is a student and says he is a non-believer.

But it appears to be credible from the Twitter reports I have been receiving out of Iran.

Posted here:

Prayers Make History—

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2296378/posts

Original article posted here:

http://tehranbureau.com/prayers-history/


10 posted on 07/19/2009 10:14:59 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (The last time I looked, this is still Texas where I live.)
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