The Green Brief 2 - NiteOwl

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  1. NiteOwl Member


    I'm Josh Shahryar AKA NiteOwl 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 and have tried maximally to avoid listening to media banter. What I have compiled below is what I can confirm through my tweets to have happened in the past day and in the past week in Iran. Remember, this is all from tweets. There is NOTHING included here that is not from a reliable tweet. No news media outlets have been used in the compilation of this short brief as I would like to call it.

    These are some of the happenings that I can positively confirm from Friday, June 18:

    1. The ‘black’ protest was held today in Tehran. Most people were wearing black in order to commemorate those protesters killed earlier this week, however, many people joined the protest coming out from work and were not wearing black. Mousavi, Karoubi, Rafsanjani and his family were all at the protests. At the same time, protesters were joined by Mullahs and university professors – who were apparently very vocal. The numbers of protesters was very high, however, among conflicting report, it seemed safe to estimate the number at least 1.5 million people and possibly much more. Late at night, a candle light vigil was also held. Protesters went to mosques to continue morning late into the night.

    2. No violence was reported during the protests from my sources, however, isolated incidents may have occurred of which I did not get information. Sources claimed that the Baseejis tried to provoke people and some even burned things themselves to blame it later on protesters. About a dozen students from the Institute of Theoretical Physics and Mathematics Studies were arrested after the protest as well as scores of others either when found in isolation or in small groups. All universities in Tehran were closed for the day.

    3. Unlike before, though, this time plainclothes gunmen were not surrounding the protests. They were spotted from time to time and made most of the arrests. The number of non-Iranian Arabs present around the protests was much smaller than yesterday. Mohammad Tavassali, Former Tehran mayor was also arrested by them today. He is a prominent aide of Rafsanjani. Kaveh Servati, another prominent backer and supporter of Mousavi’s campaign was also detained. Ebrahim Yazdi of the Freedom Movement of Iran, however, has now been freed because of failing health and is in a hospital, but still under strict supervision

    4. Other protests were held in Qom, Isfahan, Tabriz, Ahvaz, Shiraz and Mashhad as well as smaller ones in other cities. Sources confirm that people were beaten in Isfahan, Tabriz, Shiraz and in Qom. Many arrests were also made in these cities, however, conflicting reports about their identities prevents this brief from naming them. Many mullahs joined protests in Ahvaz and Mashhad. In Shiraz, thousands of people gathered around a coffin to mourn the protesters who had been killed during previous rallies.

    5. Currently, the protest in Tehran is continuing in small numbers in the mosques, and a very reliable source has confirmed that thousands upon thousands of people are protesting at 3 AM (the time of the writing of this dispatch) in Isfahan. Saturday protest in Tehran is to be held at four at Enqelab Field.

    6. Abroad, 70 Iranian protesters in Dubai near the Iranian consulate were dispersed by UAE police and were told they had protested enough and needed to go home as their voices had already been heard. In Brussels, a few hundred Ahmadinejad supporters protested in support of him. This happens at a time when no major rallies were held supporting Ahmadinejad in Iran – not even in the rural areas where his strength lies. The Iranian national press continues to downplay the numbers and importance as well as character of the peaceful protests in Tehran and around Iran in support of Mousavi who spoke along with other leaders in Tehran claiming they won’t stop till their demands are met. Most of the Iranian press inside the country continues to call protesters thugs and hooligans.

    7. As the last Brief indicated, Rafsanjani has now openly started supporting Mousavi. Sources indicate that he is currently in negotiations with clerics from Qom and the Guardian Council. However, they also claim that he no longer has the freedom to fly out of the country.

    8. The Guardian Council has ordered all the candidates to participate in their next meeting. This meeting will be held in Tehran some time on Saturday. There is no news on whether this is going to be a negotiation or simply an ultimatum to stop the protests – as indicated by some sources. The Guardian Council had ordered a partial recount before part of which has been carried out and results match previous results that were issued by the government. The Minister of Interior claims results are very accurate.

    9. Grand Ayatollah Yousof Sanei – one the most prominent Shia clerics in the world – has shown dissatisfaction with the way the government is treating the protests as well as the protesters. He has asked the government to listen to what the protesters have to say and consider their demands seriously.

    10. The last dispatch claimed that 8 people had died in Azadi Square in Tehran on Monday. New reports from hospitals through sources show that 12 people had been killed and 29 injured. Today, a student also died in Kermanshah of her wounds that she’d received after being beaten a few days ago. Adding the numbers, now the Brief can confirm that 37 people have at least been killed in the protests so far.

    11. The number of people that have been arrested since the start of the protests can be anywhere between 2,000 to 5,000; no reliable estimate exists. But most sources indicate a number somewhere around that. Sources also claim that Baseejis are abducting reformist sympathizers from their hospital beds as well as taking away injured protesters from the ER. No source has been able to pinpoint the location of the abductees. This comes as the governor of Isfahan threatened protesters with death, according to sources there.

    12. Mohammad Asgari – the Ministry of Interior employee who leaked a fraudulent election result sheet, showing Mousavi as the winner to the press – has been killed in a car accident. The government has not given further information about how and where he has been killed – sources claim.

    13. Letter from professors at Iran University to Mousavi asks him to pursue the goal of getting people's rights and getting back their votes till the end. Students of Iran University's faculty of Fine Arts will be joining the protests officially starting Saturday. Iran Khodro workers – the largest and national automaker in Iran – also spent half an hour of each of their working shifts not working. They claimed they were supporting the protesters. Iranian footballers are being touted as heroes by protesters for wearing green bands during their World Cup qualifier game against South Korea by the protesters even though they lost the game and won’t be qualifying to the World Cup as a result.

    14. Sources claim that hundreds of Baseej militiamen are being moved from the northwest towards Tehran. It is claimed that the military and now the police are not using harsher tactics to scare away the protesters. It’s being claimed – yet unverified by all sources – that many high-ranking members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard have been detained because they were considering to put their lot behind Mousavi and the protesters. One of the sources was escorted home today by policemen after he was in danger of being attacked by Baseejis.

    15. And Finally, Mousavi has asked the world to participate in protests on Sunday in support of protests in Iran. He has also asked them to wear green to show their support openly. The request asks protesters to gather in capital cities around the world and show their support.

    Finally a few words to those who are reading this:

    Iranians who are trying to connect to twitter or other sites and need a way to connect please visit this website:

    For my announcements, see @iran_translator

    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 human error will always manifests itself in even the most flawless of non-mathematical things. However, this includes nothing from the Western media, including the BBC which I have been generously using to inform people and I laud them for their courageous journalism.

    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.

    People Who Want to Send Me Tweet Links: You don't need to find me, I will find you. Don't hassle yourself. Your voice will be heard through millions of others like me.

    People Who Want to Hunt Me Down: I'm an Afghan. If you ever tried to attack me, you'll see my back only after your back has met the ground.

    P.S. Please post this around. I will be writing one brief of this kind everyday until this ends.
  2. ::Mousavi may have been hacked

    Friday still may be on
  3. sp4rrowh4wk Member

    thank you. depending on you and others like you to help maintain support and momentum.
  4. asuka997 Member

    That's our job, then. Let's get some protests organized!
  5. I Ran Hubbard Member

  6. Mousavi's facebook's new entry looks off, so yeah, definitely hacked.
  7. I Ran Hubbard Member

    The more people keep pushing this rumor about hacked facebook, the less likely I am to believe it. Someone clearly has an agenda.
  8. It's written in third person, and doesn't have the eloquence or politeness of his previous posts (Dear Friends, etc). I've been told by a trusted source that it was not an authentic post, as well.

    I know you have no idea who I am, but I'm hoping this will allow you to draw the right conclusion.
  9. There is another thread here planning global protests on Saturday as well.

  10. sina12345 Member

    You're right, it does seem a little fishy. I was hoping we could confront khamenei in Friday's rally, I don't understand why he'd cancel it. Especially the tone of his message, completely 3rd person and out of it....odd.
  11. From what I can ascertain it seems that the constant back and forth and general confusion on the friday rallies came at the same time that some of Mousavi's staff was arrested
  12. Mousavi's Facebook NOT hacked

    According to what I consider to be reliable news reports,

    "Mousavi somehow managed to reach the venue and addressed the huge crowd.

    He announced that a rally scheduled for Friday had been cancelled, and that his supporters should prepare for a major march planned for Saturday afternoon from Tehran's Revolution Square to Freedom Square."

    I can also verify that @mousavi1388 posted the identical message on Twitter. Both the message on Facebook and Twitter were after I posted the question on his Facebook page asking if the Rally was on or off. It was a very short time after I posted the question, the twitter post happened. Soon afterwards the identical message appeared on Facebook.

    Tim New @timdnew on twitter
  13. Protest Rally doesn't equal Friday Prayers. I've seen that same reference - they were planning to have a protest rally AT the Friday prayers.
  14. NUR Member

    Who else other than the IRI's intelligence establishment?
  15. Confirmation

    A source actually at the rally confirms that Mousavi wanted to move the rally to Saturday in order to reduce conflict with the Basiji on Friday night (not that they need a reason).
  16. I Ran Hubbard Member

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