Thursday, June 25, 2009

Iranians' Protest Election Results

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Tehran police chief: few arrests in protest
By Lee Keath, Associated Press Writer
Friday, July 10, 2009
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2009/07/09/international/i004838D72.DTL
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- Tehran's police chief said Friday that few arrests were made in opposition protests that erupted a day earlier in the Iranian capital in an opposition attempt to revive street demonstrations over the country's disputed election.
The lack of an overwhelming crackdown — despite authorities' vows to "smash" anyone who joined the marches — could suggest the country's leadership is hoping Thursday's protests would be a one-time event and will subsequently weaken.
Several thousands demonstrators marched down Tehran's main avenues in Thursday's protests, chanting "down with the dictator" and slogans in support of Mir Hossein Mousavi, the pro-reform candidate who contends he was defrauded of victory in June 12 presidential elections.
In some locations around the city, police clashed with protesters, charging at them and beating them with batons or firing tear gas, sending young men and women running through choking clouds. But the clampdown was not total, and in some locations, security forces were in heavy numbers but allowed protesters to demonstrate.
The protests, which organizers had planned for one day only, died down by Thursday night, and on Friday there were no demonstrations.
"The number of those arrested was very few, and there was no widespread campaign of arrests," Tehran police chief Azizullah Rajabzadeh told the semi-official Mehr news agency. He said those detained were involved in "instigating the damaging of public property and chanting."
Rajabzadeh did not give an exact number of arrests.
Pro-reform Web sites reported that members of the Basij, a paramilitary militia that has been involved in putting down protests, stormed into a dormitory of Amirkabir University Thursday night and attacked students. The university is a prominent center for pro-reform student activists.
In the attack, which took place as the day's street protests were winding down, plainclothes Basijis broke into the dormitory, beat students and set off tear gas, according to reports on several Web sites citing university students. They said a number of students remained unaccounted for after the assault. Officials could not be reached Friday to comment on the reports.
Thursday's marches were the first in nearly two weeks, and were an attempt to revive protests after a heavy security crackdown crushed the massive rallies that erupted over the elections. In those rallies, hundreds of thousands took to the streets, rejecting official results that showed a landslide victory for incumbent hard-liner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who holds ultimate say in the country, eventually declared the vote valid. But Mousavi has said he will persist in his campaign against a government he says has no legitimacy.
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Recent Reports from Protests in Iran
Security forces and Basij are also raiding peoples’ homes, in search of protestors
By Sayeh Hassan
Monday, June 29, 2009
http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/12415
Arrest of protestors in Iran continues on a major scale. According to news from “Human Rights and Democracy Activists” in Iran not only are people being arrested on the streets, but security forces are actually raiding hospitals, rounding up wounded protestors and taking them to “unknown locations.”
Security forces and Basij are also raiding peoples’ homes, in search of protestors. At night they raid peoples’ homes who shout “Allaho Akbar” or “Down with Dictator” on their rooftops, arrest people and take them to unknown locations. Names of a few individuals who have been arrested so far are Mr. Akbar Aghayi (27), Mr. Omid Khatami (26), Mr. Ali Aghili (18) and Mr. Masoud Asgari. However these are only a few names, from hundreds of people who have been arrested so far.
There is also news of two students Mr. Hossein Rahimi and Mr. Amin Nik Zade from Ahvaz University, in the City of Ahvaz who have been arrested and taken to an “unknown location.”
Further, reports from “Payam News” indicate continued protests, by the families of protestors who have been arrested in the past two weeks. On Saturday June 27th 2009 once again the families of those arrested gathered in front of the Evin Prison trying to get information about their loved ones, however they were not successful, and prison officials refused to speak to the families.
According to other news from “Human Rights and Democracy Activists in Iran” brutal attacks on protestors also continue. According to this report at least 8 people were wounded yesterday (Saturday June 27th 2009) in Enghelab Square, Laleh Park and Keshavarz Blvd. between 7pm and 8:40pm. At least 3 women and 5 men were seriously wounded during these protests. The names of some of the individuals who were wounded are Mr. Mohsen Momeni (26), Mr. Keyhan Sohrabi (26), Mr. Ali Farali Bakhsh (20) and Ms. Farzaneh D.
Change for Equality Website reports on the arrest of mothers who have lost their children during these protests. On Saturday June 27th mothers of those who have lost their children during these protests gathered in Laleh Park in Tehran. There were no slogans, no flags or signs. Many of the mothers were carrying candles or the pictures of their children, and standing in silence, perhaps wanting their silence to speak for them. According to news from this site Laleh Park was full of security forces that attacked the mothers without mercy, insulted, threatened and beat them. At least 20 of these mothers were arrested and taken to an unknown location.
The struggle of Iranian people for freedom and democracy continues… In solidarity with all the mother’s who have lost their loved ones in the past two weeks.
Down with the Islamic Regime in Iran.
Long Live Freedom in Iran.
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Not a Theocracy but a ThugocracyBefore the mullahs, religious minorities like Jews, Zoroastrians, Christians, and Ba’hai lived in relative toleration under the ShahBy Bruce Walker
Sunday, June 28, 2009
http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/12409
The last eight years well intentioned people of different political beliefs, different religious faiths, and different cultural perspectives have been quietly asking themselves some vital questions. Is Islam a religion of peace? Is the goal of Islam violent global conquest or rather the persuasion of non-Moslems that Islam is the true religion? There are many good Moslems in our world, but is that because of Islam or in spite of Islam?
Islam on trial before the WorldThese questions will be answered in Iran. There is no question (or there should not be) that the Iranian people – actually, the different peoples of the nation of Iran, which includes Arabs, Kurds, Baluchi, and other groups, as well as Persians – are not bad human beings. Before the mullahs, religious minorities like Jews, Zoroastrians, Christians, and Ba’hai lived in relative toleration under the Shah, and the Shah was a Moslem and a Persian. The revolution thirty years ago which threw out the Shah, who had focused on the greatness of Persian civilization much more than on Islam, was a religious rebellion – an Islamic rebellion – against a ruler who was considered not to take his faith seriously enough. The revolutionaries got their wish. Iran is called the Islamic Republic, just as China is called the People’s Republic. Islam itself is on trial before the world. It would be one thing if the Guardians (the mullahs who really run Iran) had announced that, whatever the voters in Iran thought, that adherence to Islam required that Ahmadinejad must be re-elected President of Iran. The world might have thought that mistaken, but it would have been honest. That is not what has happened. The mullahs are not insisting that Ahmadinejad stay in power whether or not he got most of the votes. They are saying – and they are saying not only to the world, but to the Shiite Moslem citizens of Iran – that Ahmadinejad actually got most of the votes. In other words, these representatives of pure Islam are lying to other Moslems – Moslems who are their fellow countrymen – about who won the election.
The mullahs are stealing votesIslam does not prohibit lying, but it also condemns it. Stealing is punished by very savage punishments. The mullahs are stealing votes. They are lying to those they pretend to protect. If they are truly Guardians of the Islamic Revolution, then the mullahs are saying, themselves, something pretty ghastly about Islam. There is nothing in Islam which requires or even suggests that democracy as a form of government. If the mullahs wished to say “We will not hold elections in Iran. We, the mullahs, will govern according to Islamic law” then they would be honest. But, of course, that is not what the mullahs are doing at all. Moslem lands have been ruled by religious leaders since the inception of Islam, but these emirs, sultans, caliphs and so forth have been honest about it. What is at stake in Iran is whether the mullahs, the leaders of Islam in Iran, are honest. This is a point in history for defenders of Islam to either condemn the mullahs as bad, false Moslems or to stop defending Islam as a religion which believes in truth. There is no doubt that democracy and Islam can live together. Morocco just had free elections. Turkey has been a democracy for decades. Iraq and Afghanistan hold fair election under very difficult circumstances. Pakistan, too, has been more democratic than autocratic. Iran is surrounded by Moslem nations that view democracy as compatible with Islam and view honest vote counting as essential to democracy. It is time for those Moslems to speak up. It is time for any defenders of Islam as a modern, humane faith to speak up. The mullahs do not rest on Marxism, Fascism, or any other agnostic ism. They rest solely on Islam. Does Islam mean cheating other Moslems? Does Islam mean holding personal power even when it is held unjustly? The very fact that the mullahs insist that elections be held binds them to not manufacture counterfeit results. It is time for Moslems who believe that Islam keeps its word to Moslems to denounce the mullahs for what they probably are: indifferent, pseudo-Moslems addicted to power. Perhaps what Iran needs is not an end to a theocracy, but rather an end to a thugocracy hiding behind religion in order to be autocrats. If Islam is about honor and honesty, then the first people who should be interested in throwing out the mullahs are true Moslems.
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Mullahs Are Mafia
By Nancy Matthis Friday, June 26th, 2009
http://frontpage.americandaughter.com/?p=2346
The mullahs ruling Iran are really only politicians who use religion as a cover for their greed and ambition. From their vantage of power they have been steadily siphoning Iran’s oil money into their private coffers, while their people struggle in economic hardship. Women turn to prostitution and men sell their kidneys, while the mullahs wear Armani suits and sport gold wrist watches.
Their avarice and their ruthless means for keeping control are no different than those of Shah Reza Pahlavi who preceded them in ruling Iran. The bloody revolution thirty years ago may have succeeded in changing the players, but the game remains the same. The so-called clerics ruling Iran are not religious men at all, but a gang of criminals who have made common cause of stealing Iran’s oil revenues to line their own pockets.
Mullahs are sitting on the money of the people. They stole their money, rights & future.
In August of 2000, a group of bank employees reportedly leaked this partial list of the mullahs’ foreign bank holdings to the Internet:
Ali Khamenei- Sparkasse Bank (Frankfurt/Germany) Acct.# 234075617: DM 112.1 Millions- Corner Bank (Geneve/CH) Acct. # 217824: US$ 97 Millions- Banque Cantonale (Lausanne/CH) Acct. # 71713: US$ 73.2 Millions
Ali Akbar Hashemi Rasfandjani- Union Bank Suisse (Geneve/CH) Acct.# 223870390: SF 532.5 Millions- Societe Generale (Zurich/CH) Acct.# 30064183: DM 477.2 Millions- Sparkasse (Ciborg/Germany) Acct. # 2957132: DM 238.2 Millions
Mohammad Ali Tasskhiri- Societe Generale (Geneve/Ch) Acct.# 500032654: DM 280.7 Millions- Midland Bank (London/UK) Acct.# 832-150270: BP 12.2 Millions- Dressdner bank (Dusserdolf/Germany) Acct.# 8354783: DM 48.3 Millions
Mohammad Golpayegani- Credit Bank Suisse (Geneve/CH) Acct.# CEO7680: SF 85.7 Millions
Bijan Namdar Zangene- Union Bank Suisse (Geneve/CH) Acct.# 314380320: US$ 141.7 Millions Habibollah Asgar Aladi- Corner Bank (Geneve/CH) Acct. # 3983BHK: US$ 180 Millions
Ahmad Jannati- Midland Bank (London/UK) Acct.# 92114016: BP 54.2 Millions
Abdollah Nategh Nouri- Union Banque Suisse (Geneve/CH) Acct.# 2102120321ND: USD 123.9 Millions- Deutsh bank (Hamburg/Germany) Acct.# 03223486: DM 64.1 Millions
Mohsen Rafighdoost:- Union Banque Suisse (Geneve/CH) Acct.# 2183130687: USD 122.7 Millions
Mohsen Hashemi Bahremani- Deutsh bank (Munchen 3/Germany) Acct.# 1732736: DM 370.7 Millions- Credit Bank (Geneve/CH) Acct.# 928530FC: USD 178.2 Millions
Abbas Vaez-Tabassi- Corner Bank (Geneve/CH) Acct.# FAH7272: SF 97.2 Millions- Sparkasse (Hamburg/Germany) Acct #. DFH72251660: USD 216.7 Millions
Hossein Shariatmadari- Midland Bank (London/UK) Acct.# 34414011: BP 37.8 Millions
Mohsen Rezai- Union Banque Suisse (Geneve/CH) Acct.# 442760430: USD 78.2 Millions- Credit Bank (Geneve/CH) Acct.# FAH7967: SF 52.7 Millions
Massood Movahedian- Commerz Bank (Koln/Germany) Acct.# 3528817: DM 287.8 Millions
Kamal Kharrazi- Corner Bank (Geneve/CH) Acct.# AMF4567: USD 18.2 Millions
Ali-Reza Mo-ayeri- Societe Generale (Geneve/CH) Acct.# 50024814: USD12.6 Millions
Hossein Kordi- Corner Bank (Geneve/CH) Acct.#14710025: USD 14.7 Millions
Abbas-Ali Forooghi- Corner Bank (Geneve/CH) Acct.# 12930034: USD 10.7 Millions
Mohammad Hashemi Bahremani- Deutsh Bank (Munich 3/Germany) Acct.# 1734726: DM 177.2 Millions
That was in 2000. Of course the sums are likely much greater now. Incumbent Supreme Leader Khamenei is dying of lung cancer, and wants his son Mojtaba Khamenei to succeed him in the most powerful Iranian government position. That is the dynamic in the behind-the-scenes power struggle among Iran’s ruling elite, and now we know why. We know what the stakes are.
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‘Blood everywhere’ in fresh Iran crackdown
There are reports of another brutal crackdown in Iran, with websites, internet bloggers and eyewitnesses all talking of a bloodbath in TehranJun 25, 2009
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/06/25/2607797.htm?site=news
There are reports of another brutal crackdown in Iran, with websites, internet bloggers and eyewitnesses all talking of a bloodbath in Tehran.
The reports suggest thousands of police and pro-government militia have used firearms, clubs and teargas to suppress another opposition rally.
There is even one account of a nine-year-old girl being shot.
Iran's ongoing ban on all foreign media makes it impossible to verify many of the accounts but amateur videos posted last night on YouTube appear to show there were fierce clashes between supporters of Iran's opposition and the security forces.
Hundreds of protesters had headed to Tehran's Baharestan Square for another street rally against Iran's presidential election result.
The first reports of what went on there have been broadcast on CNN and Al Jazeera television.
One eyewitness reported riot police beating people, "even police beating women".
Internet accounts too give a chilling picture of the extent of the violence. It is impossible to verify every entry on the microblogging site Twitter.
But some of the tweeters who have shown themselves to be reliable - including foreign reporters with good contacts in Tehran - have posted the following messages in the past 12 hours.
"Lots of reports of heavy gunfire and clashes in Baharestan. One guy is calling it a massacre," one says.
"We heard the women are being beaten so badly they have to amputate their limbs," another says.
"We saw militia with axe chopping people like meat - blood everywhere - like butcher."
'Acts of terror'
And there was this:
"The most disturbing are reports of a nine-year-old girl being shot @ Baharestan and the basij [militia] won't let people near her to help."
The website of Iran's main opposition candidate, Mir-Hossein Mousavi, gives some weight to the other accounts.
"Many people have been beaten and injured at the protests across Tehran today," the website says.
"At Baharestan the police were waiting inside local mosques for the protesters to arrive. At this point many would consider the actions of the basij and police as acts of terror.
"This is amazing that even in the year 2009 such primitive policing still exists."
Much of the protesters' anger has been directed at Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who they describe as a dictator.
But earlier in the day he too appeared in the media on a government-backed TV station to declare Iran would not bow to the opposition demands for a new election.
"I insist on enforcing the rule of law," the Ayatollah said.
"We will only accept the law of the Islamic Republic. Surely our system and our people will not yield to pressure."
And through all this, the man at the centre of the crisis, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has shown no hint of awareness or care about the protests against him.
Iranian television showed him hosting a bilateral delegation from Belarus, smiling and chatting as if there had never been any election at all.
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Latest on Twitter:”hell on earth… ppl thrown off bridges, hundreds with clubs beating..”It's Happening Again! Obama Help Us! Obama Help Us!By Editor, Judi McLeod
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/12296
“It’s Happening Again! Obama Help Us! Obama Help Us!”
Not confirmed, please read with caution.
RT @FROM IRAN: It’s Happening again It’s Happening again It’s Happening again! Obama Help Us! Obama Help Us! #iranelection !!!
Nur200906: Mr.Khamenei have discredited himself from his title, he is more of a butcher than a man of Qur’an, he should be removed!
smc1225: RT from Iran Allah Akbar. God will punish you Khamenei. #IranElection
DaveWilliamson3: “In Baharestan we saw militia with axe choping ppl like meat,Blood everywhere- like butcher Neda Tehran #iranelection
possefan: RT Iran Hackers please URGENTLY try to shut down http://www.gerdab.ir – they try to identify ppl! Attack power supply!
rtfromirani: phone line was cut and we lost internet – #Iranelection – getting more difficult to log into net –
sporkdork: RT frm Iran: they pull away the dead into trucks – like factory – no human can do this – we beg Allah for save us –
heytammybruce: http://twitpic.com/8ae5v – Tehran. Women. Leading the way.
nofailsafe: Baharestan Square Massacre… This is horrible… http://bit.ly/Blj12 (cnn via huff. post)
LaKathie: Where is the United Nations?
SecPress: Why is #MSNBC going on and on about #Mark-Sanford? Did they miss the whole #iranelection?
misscardigan: RT BBC, CNN etc. should interview successful activists from recent past revolutions for tactics.
raresilk: We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place . . .
khawkins98: Iranian blogger: “they pull away the dead into trucks – like factory – no human can do this” http://bit.ly/JhMWw #iranelection via NYTimes
Dodio: #IranElection far from over, Tehran crackdown, Mousavi maybe arrested, Strikes planned. The world waits for Obama’s choice of fro-yo :(
Monztar: RT: Hackers please URGENTLY try 2 shut down http://www.gerdab.ir – they try 2 identify ppl! Attack power supply!
dagblad: Iran skapegoating/making excuses over Neda. Their propaganda machine = trans-#####-parent. http://tinyurl.com/nrfkqn #neda
lolvincitomnia: Communist China demands Iran protests b shut down http://tinyurl.com/lwmqfz Demand boycott of China @whitehouse
Floridagordon: @dietz5244 It’s horrible. My hearts go out to those brave people who stand up to the thugs and despots.
lytakwen: RT IranT Uncnfd: Tajzadeh & Ramezanza. locked up in Evin under sever torture to make them appear in a televised “confession”
LaurieBailey: RT @pudepige this shuld clear up confusion on what is/is not torture http://bit.ly/pGG8r
Astheru: RT #iranelection baharestan eye witness said buses being unloaded, ppl thrown off bridges, hundreds with clubs beating everyone like animals
antave: Hell on Earth RIGHT NOW ~Where are our world leaders ? Brave Iranians are spillin’ their blood for freedom: HELP SHINE A LIGHT
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Unimaginable Horror in Tehran Today
Iran has executed its Tiananmen Square
By Ros Prynn
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/12292
Remember I told you how worried I was when it became clear that all foreign media had been booted out of Iran? That is ALWAYS a classic gambit - prelude - when brutal regimes intend/plan to massacre their own. We have all seen that too many times throughout even recent history. NOW, I find this about Tehran TODAY. From ThreatsWatch comes this. Read and watch.:
Unimaginable Horror in Tehran Today
Iran has executed its Tiananmen Square. Baharestan Square has become synonymous with barbarity, cruelty, massacre and inhumanity.
An Iranian blogger (whose URL I will not publish) live blogging from Baharestan Square in central Tehran today captures but brief glimpses of the unimaginable horror that took place today. Bus loads of protesters were stopped and unloaded from their buses by “black-clad police” and literally herded. When the massing was sufficient, as the barely controllably distraught Tehran caller to CNN described first hand, hundreds of the regime’s Basij thugs poured out of an adjoining mosque and commenced a massacre with axes, clubs, guns and gas.
From the live blogger’s eyewitness account:
More than 10.000 Bassij Milittias get position in Central Tehran, including Baharestan Sq.
Army Helycopters flying over Baharestan and Vali Asr Sq.
The streets, squares and around BAHARESTAN (Approx. South-eastern of Tehran) is swarming with military forces, civilian forces, the security motorists
The croud have moved to the south of baharestan, the situation is bad, the shooting has started
In Baharestan Sq. in the Police shooting, A girl is shot and the police is not allowing to let them help
In Baharestan we saw militia with axe choping people like meat - blood everywhere - like butcher.
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Protests in Iran Continue-June 24th 2009Protests turned extremely violent with security forces attacking the people mercilessly, beating them, shooting at them and throwing protestors off the bridge!By Sayeh Hassan
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/12299
According to numerous sources including CNN, Global News and Radio Farda, protests in Tehran continued today Wednesday June 24th in Baharestan Square. According to global news the protests turned extremely violent with security forces attacking the people mercilessly, beating them, shooting at them and throwing protesters off the bridge! There were also reports of militia groups running around with axes and attacking protesters with it. Tear gas was also used to try to suppress the protests.
Radio Farda confirmed the protests in Baharestan square, reporting on the fact that security forces were attacking and beating protestors with batons. Further at 10pm on Wednesday night thousands of people started shouting “Alaho Akbar” and “Death to Dictator” on their rooftops, this continued for about an hour on Wednesday night. Further according to Radio Farda Mir Hossin Mousavi has announced that the protests on Wednesday were not in any were organized by him and were in fact completely independent.
This is a video of a young protestor being shot to death and another video where protestors are shouting ”Death to Dictator
This is a CNN Video where a young student is describing what happened during the protest today. She indicates that around 500 security forces attacked the people on Sadi Bridge and threw some people off the bridge. They beat a woman so savagely that her husband who was there as well fainted. In Lalezar security forces were shooting people. She is asking the international community to help the Iranian people.
Also pro-democracy protests in major cities all over the world continue in support and solidarity with the Iranian people. In Toronto there is a pro-democracy protest everyday at 7pm in the Iranian Plaza on Yonge and Steeles. On Thursday June 25th 2009 the protest will be dedicated to Neda the young woman who was shot by security forces during protests as well as all freedom loving men and women who have lost their lives in the past two weeks. The organizers have asked that those in attendance bring a candle and a white rose in honour of their memories.
In Solidarity with Freedom Loving People in Iran Down with the Islamic Regime
Sayeh Hassan is a Toronto based Barrister & Solicitor and owner of Shiro-khorshid-forever. Sayeh can be reached at: sayehhassan@gmail.com
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