Green Brief #12 (June 28)

Discussion in 'Green Brief' started by NiteOwl, Jun 28, 2009.

  1. NiteOwl Member

    I'm NiteOwl AKA Josh Shahryar - on twitter - and I've been immersed in tweets from Iran for the past several hours. I have tried to be extremely careful in choosing my tweet sources. What I have compiled below is what I can confirm through my reliable twitter sources. Remember, this is all from tweets. No news media outlets have been used. (All my work is released under Creative Commons (CC). You can freely use it and repost it wherever you'd like to. Just provide a link to the original source at the bottom.)

    These are the important happenings that I can positively confirm from Sunday, June 28 in Iran.

    1. URGENT: Rumors of Mousavi’s arrest are being spread around the blogosphere and twitter. So far, no reliable source has confirmed this. At the time of the writing of this brief – 9:27 PM ET – he is still free. His facebook account denies the claim:

    2. Thousands of people gathered in Tehran's Ghoba Mosque today at a rally planned to coincide with the 7 Tir bombing that killed Ayatollah Beheshti and 70 other prominent clerics in 1981. The mosque was filled and the streets and alleys leading up to the mosque were completely crowded by protesters chanting "Where's our vote?" Reports indicate that the number was somewhere between 3 and 10 thousand. Beheshti's son addressed the crowd and said that the current regime was pushing people backwards and was not in touch with current realities of the world. He said that the Sea of Green could stand this and were protesting.

    3. Mahdi Karoubi was able to join the protests spoke to protesters. Mousavi wasn't able to make it to the center of the crowd and was forced to deliver his message by calling a cell phone as the receiving phone was put on a loudspeaker. Other prominent members of the reform movement were also present, including the wife and daughter of Rafsanjani. Mousavi urged people to continue fighting for their legitimate demands and announced that he would not stop pursuing their collective goals. Rezaei also issued an open letter to the GC today asking them to investigate the whole election & all protests & complaints.

    4. Later, intense clashes broke out between the security forces and protesters. Several shots were heard from the vicinity of the mosque. Fires were started in the area and smoke could be seen coming out of some streets from afar. Police violently beat some protesters in order to disperse them. Although the protesters had received a permit by the government, they were still attacked by the police under the pretense that people were only allowed to be inside the mosque. Protesters were beaten, tear gas was used and many protesters were hauled away and arrested by the security forces. Some of the high-profile arrests today included Reza Ataraan - a movie star and filmmaker -, Shokoofeh Azar, reporter for Sarmaye Emrooz, and Kambiz Norouzi, legal secretary of journalists' union. The actual number of protesters arrested today could not be confirmed, but several dozens people were likely arrested, reliable sources indicated. There were also reports of protests in other parts of the city and clashes as well, yet they could only be partially confirmed.

    5. Rafsanjani today spoke to reporters today and said that the election had created a complex situation and that enemies were trying to create a divide between the regime and people. He praised Khamenei's decision to extend the period for complaints to the Guardian Council about the election. Khamenei today said that people shouldn’t stoke emotions and both sides should not create tensions and inflame the youth. He also accused the world of meddling with the affairs of Iran and warned them to back off of Iranian affairs.

    6. In a letter addressed to the Guardian Council, Karoubi said that the election was engineered in such a way that people's presence was only a pre-designed show. Karoubi: For every candidate a share of the vote was previously defined. He added that before the election a member of GC said that the leader had chosen Ahmadinezhad and it's not wise to cross him and that the small share of the votes assigned to him will not stop the pursuit of people’s demands.

    7. Yesterday, it was reported that 9 UK Embassy staff from Tehran were arrested. Today, reports have surfaced that at least 4 of them have been released. It is being reported that the rest are not being kept at Evin, but rather at an undisclosed location. They were all accused by the Iranian government of having a hand in the protests which they claim are 'riots'.

    8. A representative of Tabriz spoke in the Parliament today and said that it was not fair to listen to only one-side of the dispute and ignore the cries of the other side completely. He called upon the government to not act against the country’s laws when dealing with people. Ahmadinejad's supporters in the parliament tried to force him from continuing his speech by yelling and shouting at him.

    9. A government spokesperson today said that there have been no serious incidents during the protests and that people should go to courts to complain if they’ve been beaten with sticks. The bodies of some protesters who've been killed so far are being released to their relatives if they quietly bury them. Mousavi's head of campaign, Ghorban Behzadian Nezhad and all but three staff members of his newspaper were released today.

    10. A selected team of the parliament's security commission will meet with Mohammad Khatami regarding the recent events. The team will meet Ahmadinezhad as well. Previously they met Ayatollas Javadi Amoli, Mousavi Ardebili and Sobhani. Amoli said today that the separation of powers was not a recent phenomenon and it had existed before in Islam and called for it. Ayatollah Javadi Amoli previously criticized the government in Friday prayer in Qom. Amoli said that if someone's the judge, jury and executioner, then there was a problem.

    11. Insurance companies are shunning people. They're being told that the government has told them not to talk to rioters. This is after people went to insurance companies after the destruction of property or death of a loved one.

    12. The Min. of Interior has been asked to cancel the permits of IIPF, the Combatant Clerics and Mojahedin-Enghelab parties. They are going to legally pursue them and if found guilty of a crime - the protests have been called law-breaking and a crime - their permits will be cancelled. It is being reported that the online results of the election released by the Ministry of Interior are continuously being changed.

    13. Tonight people are continuing their chants of Allah o Akbar as Basijis have started to harass them. During past days plain cloths went door to door and warned people to stop chanting. Website of ministry of internal affairs which uploaded election statistics keeps updating files as people find more errors in the results.

    Read this if you want to help or get help!

    The government in Iran is still increasing internet filtering and throttling in an attempt to silence their people. Anonymous info shows that many in Iran are looking for proxy and Tor information in Tehran and all around the country. Please donate your bandwidth to help bring down the Iran Curtain. Here are links on how to help and get help on this:

    English: Tor and the Iranian Election - Bring down the Iran Curtain | Ian's Brain

    Farsi: Tor: ?????? Tor

    Help us set up more bridges on Tor here: Torrents list � Rivolta in Iran

    Helpers with expertise in the field of medicine, translation and such:

    “Medici Cu Internet is a collaboration between, HackersWithoutBorders and trying to organize contacts with medical expertise online since there are problems in Iran with hospitals being monitored by the government. Join the IRC-channel at #mci-ir - WebIRC - AnonNet or send an email to us at embassy [at] for more info. Medical experts, Farsi-translators and people who know the medical situation in iran are welcome to join and collaboratively set up an index with common injuries and their best treatments.”

    People Outside Iran: This is as clear and concise as I can be. I have not included ANYTHING that I have sensed to be remotely fishy, but humans always err.

    People Inside Iran: Don't believe a WORD of what I am telling you. Do what you think is best, keeping everything in mind. I know LITTLE of what you know so make your decisions based on your OWN judgment.

    P.S. Please post this around and tweet and retweet.
  2. thank you for the continued effort Owl..
  3. Thank you again. Tell the Iranian people we will not forget them if they keep fighting like they are. We believe in them so much.
  4. sp4rrowh4wk Member

    once again, NiteOwl, you provide a stunning example of dedication and attention to the truth. we thank You.

    and continued gratitude to netizens keeping channels of communication open, while beggining to close the doors on opressive regimes everywhere.
  5. jadt65 Member

    Thank you! I admire you ability to stay focused with all that was flying today. Great work!
  6. How I'm trying to help

    I decide I could best help by spending my days searching out news/YouTube/FaceBook/Political Cartoon/Blog links and posting them all in one place. That should make it easier for people to find these. Posted at Iran News Links

  7. Thank you, always.

    You're doing such an amazing job. I have all the Briefs in text format hosted on my site as well as live links to each one here. If you ever need to send anyone access to text versions--well, you know.. There's always a set here for sure: Green Sea | Samtagious! again, awesome job friend.

    Sam @Samtagious
  8. Hello,

    I have been following your briefs since day one. While reading this brief I felt the language coming from the government of Iran is getting a bit softer and in a way appeasing (if something like that exists)! If that is the case, then the whole thing is cracking from within.

    These people will not appease anyone; unless, they fear defeat. It was specially interesting to learn Ayatollah Amoli in Quom is talking against A'njad and Khameneii!

    As usual, thanks for your brief. You ROCK :)
  9. brat Member

    as usual, awesome Green Brief. ty for all your effort! :D
  10. Thank you

    Thanks so much for keeping us up to date. I know this can't be easy and is very time consuming. I appreciate it.
  11. Again, Thanks

    Thank you for every one of these briefs. I appreciate your effort.
  12. Keep up the good reporting from Iran

    What can we do to help? why don't people fight back the basijis the same way?
  13. Why would I ever want CNN, BBC or other US/EU news with the quality & currency of content & writing here? Bravo.
  14. skollie-IRAN Member

    Thank you Night Owl.
    I look forward to your reports.
  15. TY so much night owl!

    more on Mousavi's alleged arrest:

    Mir Hossein Mousavi arrested in Iran | GroundReport

    I guess the reporter who broke the story about Roxana Saberi's release before the media is insisting that it is confirmed that Mousavi was arrested while returning from the rally. another iranian journalist has confirmed it as well.

    it would be a stupid move for them if they did, house arrest is much more effective in this instance. the people will strike he is arrested.
  16. Stellar news. I'm glad Karoubi confirmed what we were suspecting of the vote count manipulation. A big "I told you so" and an even bigger "fuck you" to everyone who tried to defend the legitimacy of the election. We'll stop "meddling" when you give the people their freedom of speech and press back.

    Thanks for the digest.
  17. NedB Member

    Thank you so much, Josh! You're amazing.
  18. Thank you NiteOwl

    Ditto that remark. Thank you NiteOwl for your hard work.
  19. angie0972 Member


    You always seem to calm the waters, thank you for all that you do. You are in my thoughts and prayers.(smiles)
  20. Lara Member

    Thanks so much. You are a real asset to the Western world. Keep doing what you are doing. We need more reporting like yours.
  21. Just reiterating what's already been said:

    "THANKS!" :)
  22. rupert-IRAN Member

  23. Once again, just wanting to say Thank You for all your hard work. We are grateful

  24. Angelraven Member

    "Rafsanjani today spoke to reporters today and said that the election had created a complex situation and that enemies were trying to create a divide between the regime and people. He praised Khamenei's decision to extend the period for complaints to the Guardian Council about the election. Khamenei today said that people shouldn’t stoke emotions and both sides should not create tensions and inflame the youth. He also accused the world of meddling with the affairs of Iran and warned them to back off of Iranian affairs."

    I find what he said a bit confusing( Rafsanjani) ... I wonder where he really stands, has he decided to go along with Khamenei, or is this a smoke screen... something is going on here, but not sure what....Why would he praise Khamenei
    I am asking what is Rafsanjani saying, where is he really coming from.. not Nite Owl in case anyone misunderstood.
  25. Thank you again, Id be lost without you...
  26. Thank you NiteOwl.
  27. thank you

    your efforts are HUGELY appreciated by far more ppl than just the ones who leaves comments.
  28. MerlinTKD Member

    Pasted some of the Brief and included a link on my Facebook page - thank you, NiteOwl, and let's continue to get the word out!
  29. change link for tor bridges . .

    for what it is worth, the link at the end of your excellent summary, intended to point towards how to set up TOR bridges, points instead towards a collection of videos.

    if you want to help people set up TOR bridges, you need to change the link to something relevant, like Tor: Documentation
  30. akuma_river Member

    Rafsanjani, I've read, detests Khamenei...this sounds like political manuevering, especially, since it's been said nearly all over the net that Rafasanjani is working to replace the Supreme Leader position with a council in which Khamenei would have a position. Rafsanjani, is a hard liner as well. He is not a reformist. So I think all of this should watched carefully.

    Things are going on.

    It seems like this is now a multi-prong incident, the opposition movement of the protesters, Mousavi and his peeps, Rafsanjani and his, Khamenei and his puppet president, and this other cleric who is hoping to be Khamenei's successor and his peeps, not to mention we have the Revolutionary Guard.

    There was a report about how Khamenei sort of kowtows to the RG. The Daily Dish | By Andrew Sullivan
  31. One Heart

    Thank You. Injustice to one is injustice to all. There is only one heart. It beats strong. Do not give up. Your cause is just. Dil-em khun-e sabz darad.

    David McCargar
    DavEnergy on Twitter
  32. PersianKiwi?

    First, thanks for these on going summaries of tweet action on Iran. I don't have time to follow twitter as closely as you do so these summaries have been immensely helpful to me.

    Any reliable word on PersianKiwi yet? Even if all you can say is, "Rumors on Persiankiwi are still uncomfirmed at this time; new tweeters using similar names are not yet confirmed by independent, reliable sources as being the original" or whatever the case is would be helpful. Just knowing that we still don't know for sure at least helps in being more resistant to the next round of uncomfirmed rumors, or knowing to continue to be cautious about trusting tweeters with similar names.

  33. perhaps the protesters should take him up on this suggestion and flood the courts with complaints.

    be sure to go in a group. a very large group.
  34. Love this idea. If enough people have been arrested by this point to properly overload prison authorities, might not hurt to stop by on the way to court and see if anyone wants to come along; maybe relieve some of the guards of their overly heavy weapons as well as prisoners? I'm sure they'd be appreciative.

    Ah, a fantasy, a ridiculous fantasy, but an enjoyable mental image to ruminate on.

    You know, a funny thing about most prisons, they make equally wonderful fortresses once taken over.
  35. NiteOwl Member

    At this point, all I can say is, who knows?
  36. tim new Member

    from what appears to be a reliable source today on Twitter:

    RT @iran Important : Persian Kiwi is not arrested, but he/she does not have access to internet.# iranelection
  37. Trisphat Member

    that's the only retweetable part of your post

  38. persiankiwi is safe

    @oxfordgirl knows her stuff and has posted this:
    Can confirm persiankiwi is the real persiankiwi and is safe. RT RT RT Rt #IranElection #iran #gr8813 minutes ago from TweetDeck

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