Monster demonstration in Tehran: the uprising continues

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    By Alan Woods, Wednesday, 17 June 2009

    The stormy street demonstrations in Iran are continuing and gathering strength. Anti-government protesters held another big rally in central Tehran today (Wednesday), which, to judge from photographs we have just received, has dwarfed even the massive demonstrations of the last few days. It defied renewed calls from Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader, to keep off the streets. Faced with vast protests, the ruling regime in Tehran is being pulled in opposite directions.

    Late on Tuesday, Ayatollah Khamenei met representatives of the four candidates who ran in Fridays election and urged them to maintain calm. He said no one should do anything that creates tension and all should clearly state that tensions and riots are not their demands. He said that if there was a need to recount some ballot boxes, this should be done in the presence of representatives of candidates. But the protesters are not heeding the calls.

    The government, clearly nervous, has been clamping down on all information tools, including text messaging, social networking sites, and other internet outlets, in an effort to prevent the opposition from organising rallies. But a further sign of the divisions in Iran's leadership is the fact that the interior ministry ordered an investigation into an attack on university students which they say was carried out by militia and police. It came a day after Iran's influential speaker of parliament, Ali Larijani, condemned the assault on the dormitory of Tehran University.

    The demonstrations are meeting with sympathy from the population. There were, however, further signs of a crackdown today. Human rights groups said at least 100 people had been arrested in the city of Tabriz, a historic centre of protest and a Mousavi stronghold. Meanwhile, the prosecutor general of the central province of Isfahan warned that those behind post-election unrest could face the death penalty under Islamic law.

    There were also unconfirmed reports that Mohammad Asgari, who was responsible for the security of the IT network in Iran's interior ministry, was killed yesterday in a suspicious car accident in Tehran. Asgari had reportedly leaked evidence that the elections were rigged to alter the votes from the provinces. Asgari was said to have leaked information that showed Mousavi had won with almost 19m votes, and should therefore be president.

    The (Counter-) Revolutionary Guard said that news websites and blogs were encouraging rioting by spreading lies and fake allegations and organising unrest. These illegal acts, they said, were disrupting public order. The Guard said these organised centres were supported by American and Canadian companies and media affiliated to US and British intelligence services. This clumsy attempt to link the protests with US imperialism is too stupid to require comment. The problem the authorities face is precisely that these protests have no organizing centre that can be arrested. The spontaneous character of the movement is both its greatest source of strength and its greatest weakness.

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    About time we had a good post...thanks
  3. Meanwhile, the prosecutor general of the central province of Isfahan warned that those behind post-election unrest could face the death penalty under Islamic law.
    Seems to me that the people hav'nt got a lot to lose. They might as well go for it, starting by killing the mullas, and their fanatical followers. Can't we just drop in some AK 47'S?
  4. Funny how western media is always blamed but they are reporting on there news channels that the protests are just a few thugs causing problems... from what I've heard.
  5. They do have alot to lose, but anyway as long as the government has armories full of millions of those AKs you might as well go on and drop some OR drop the key to some armories. lol

  6. Now you know why so many of us Americans are so defensive about our Second Amendment rights being violated (non-Americans - Second Amendment is the right to bear arms. A result of having to put up with British soldiers being quartered in Americans' homes and having their weapons confiscated during the Revolutionary Era. The controversy is how it should be interpreted - people disagree whether it means only the military can have weapons, or if anyone can have weapons, as long as they haven't been convicted of felony crimes and are of age).

    This sort of thing has a very poor chance of succeeding if the general population is able to have weapons of sufficient strength to defend themselves against other people trying to take control.

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