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The Green Brief #25 (July 11)

Discussion in 'Green Brief' started by NiteOwl, Jul 11, 2009.

  1. NiteOwl Member

    I'm NiteOwl AKA Josh Shahryar - twitter.com/iran_translator 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. (My work is released under Creative Commons (CC). So use it freely and post it wherever you wish to.)

    These are the important happenings that I can positively confirm from Saturday, July 11 .


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    Protests / Unrest

    1. Delayed reports - just emerging - confirm that protests did indeed take place around the country on July 9th. We also have authentication of mass arrests during this time. Reports of black-outs during Ahmadinejad’s speech are now being confirmed by mainstream media as well (this was confirmed on twitter three days ago).

    2. Vast weekly protests and the heavy presence of Basiji’s have had a negative impact on Iranian bazaars; they are finding it harder and harder to stay open. As a result, commerce is slowly coming to a standstill. Reports indicate that the opposition is in the midst of planning more strikes and protests. Today, about 150 protesters pelted eggs at the German Embassy in Tehran protesting against the death of an Egyptian woman in Germany at the hands of a right-wing extremist.

    3. People in Tehran are continuing to honk their horns at the sight of Basijis - and chanting anti-government slogans while speeding away. Many people drive with their headlights on. Reports indicate that many Basijis are quitting their jobs and are being replaced by fresh recruits, many of them under 18. People travelling to Iran are being targeted at the airport upon entry and are being forced to divulge their Twitter and Facebook accounts so the government can monitor their online activity.


    Opposition

    4. In a letter to the Head of the Judiciary, Mahdi Karoubi – one of the candidates during the election and a key force behind the current protests – asked for the immediate release of all political prisoners as well as arrested protesters. In a letter addressed to Ayatollah Shahrodi, Karoubi claimed that, “People believed in the system, however, the system had been hijacked by a few.” He accused Tehran’s authorities of systematically eradicating opposition. He warned the government of “unimaginable consequences” if the current situation persisted.

    5. Ayatollah Montazeri has released a Fatwa that is very supportive of protesters and their cause. In the Fatwa, Montazeri “condemned violence against protesters as un-Islamic.” He’s pleaded with the government to not play with the name of Shi’ism and Islam with their actions. He hinted that Khamenei’s leadership is standing against Islam, human rationale and National interests – and that he was clearly in the wrong. Reports of Ayatollah Ustadi - Qom's temporary Friday Prayer’s Imam - resigning his position and calling a strike could not be confirmed.

    6. In an open letter released to the media, the women’s wing of Mousavi’s Participation Front have said that Iranian mothers were awaiting the release of their loved ones with teary eyes and aching hearts. They asked the government to immediately release all prisoners and to stop arresting people for using peaceful means to express their dissent.


    Government / International

    7. Iranian Foreign Minister, Manuchehr Motaki, has stated that Iran is willing to discuss issues with the West, but claimed that the government was going to present a package of issues for discussion – rather than just one. This comes at a time when the European Union has now fully suspended visas to Iranian diplomats who wish to enter any EU member nation.

    8. The spokesperson for Parliament's Imam’s Way Faction declared that the government’s legitimacy was “questionable” after what transpired post-election. Reports from Tehran indicate that many members within the Faction are thinking of not partaking in the “vote of confidence” that will be held in Parliament soon (the President selects a cabinet, and then a vote of confidence takes place). The spokesperson added that, “When a Cabinet Minister refuses to answer to the public, then it shouldn’t expect to get a vote of confidence.”

    9. Tehran’s Police Chief has declared a state of emergency in parts of Tehran. Iran’s government removed the head of security of Zanjan Province - after reports surfaced that he may be sympathetic to the reform movement. A number of prominent citizens in Tabriz have written a letter to Khamenei declaring that, “people were not satisfied with the election and that they will continue to voice their opposition to Ahmadinejad’s government.”

    10. One of Mousavi’s offices, located inside the Presidential Palace, was evacuated by government orders. Mousavi used this office during the last twenty years after leaving the Prime Minister’s Post. It was NOT his campaign headquarters. Meanwhile, the government is stepping up its media campaign of discrediting Mousavi’s role in Iran’s past. This comes at a time when a large number of Iranian clerics in Qom have reportedly threatened to leave Iran for Najaf, Iraq (Najaf is the holiest site in Shi’ism and Qom is a center of Shi’ite learning). They demanded the government to cease with their relentless pressure to side with them.


    Arrested / Released / Killed

    11. Reports from inside Evin Prison indicate that at least one prisoner has died under extreme torture. The prisoner is the son of a member of the group of Mourning Mothers and was reportedly named Sohrab A’rabi. Reports of torturous acts had been confirmed before, but recent details reveal more extreme forms such as:

    o Binding and then beating prisoners with batons
    o Forcing prisoners to lay on their wounded side – on hot asphalt
    o Pouring scorching-hot water over prisoners’ heads

    12. Reports of more than a dozen prisoners crammed into a 9 x 9 foot cell are increasing. Other reports indicate that the prison is so overcrowded that prisoners are now being thrown into cells that are half-demolished. Prisoners are interrogated non-stop for more than 12 hours. Injured prisoners are not receiving any medical attention - many are said to be in very bad conditions.

    13. Iran is now holding 36 journalists in prison. Reports indicate that despite the overcrowding, nearly 150 protesters arrested on July 9th in Tehran were moved to Evin Prison. We don’t have confirmations to the number of people arrested, but without a place to go. The arrest of many people were confirmed today - among them: Abbas Mirza Abutalebi (a reformist politician), Majid Saidi and Towheed Begi (photojournalists), Kaveh Muzaffari (a journalist who been detained and released prior), Shamsuddin Esaie (a key aide of Mousavi), and Hengameh Shaheedi (a key member of Etemaade Melli Party).

    14. On a positive note, Iranian courts postponed the court date for seven Baha’is detained in Tehran today. They are being prosecuted under Iran’s strict religious laws because of their faith. Reports also indicate that Kambiz Noroozi, a journalist detained yesterday, was released. The families of several detainees have pleaded directly to influential clerics in Qom to help attain the release of their loved ones.


    Media

    15. In an unexpected move, ISNA – one of Iran’s official news agencies – declared that recent unrests in China’s Xinjiang Autonomous Province was provoked by US intervention in Chinese affairs. ISNA declared that China did all it could to quell an uprising fueled by foreign intervention.



    *A hearty thanks to Sahar joon for helping me out with proof-reading and very valuable tips. Also, a BIG THANKS to all the translators who're spending their precious time on getting this to as many people as possible.

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  2. Thank you NiteOwl.
  3. Thanks

    Thank you once again NiteOwl!
  4. Visionary Member

    Good to hear.
    Hmm, interesting, eggs.
    Worrisome, but intriguing.
    Nice, if true.
    Glad to hear this too.
    More nations need to do the same and similar punishments.
    Hmm, this could be interesting to see.
    I wonder where they're interrogating people, if there's no room anywhere.
    You mention reports from inside the prison...that is promising, although what they are reporting is not. I'm curious if we are getting any info from people who were let go too?

    Thanks so much for the updates!
  5. rupert-IRAN Member

    Picky I know but this is dated July 09!

    Date with me in UAE IS 12th July, 2009!
  6. leo-IRAN Member

  7. Thnx NightOwl!
  8. They couldn't attract more than 150 people?
  9. Ray Murphy Member

    Great stuff. This murderous regime is definitely on a slippery slope now!

    One day after they've been chucked out of power and you and the crew there are interviewed on a major TV news program, you'll sit back and say you were just lucky to be in the right place at the right time and did what anyone else with a conscience and a few resources would have done.
  10. JohnDoe Moderator

    "Meanwhile, the government is stepping up its media campaign of discrediting Mousavi’s role in Iran’s past"

    Just wondering could the leaked tapes yesterday from 18th Tir 10 years ago, be linked to this? Because Mousavi is heard on tape 3 or 4?

    If so, then hey ho they have scored another own goal;) They have given away info as to how they think!

    Thanks again NiteOwl.
  11. Ray Murphy Member

    If they did leak it, it would be because they know they are cornered like rats and that Mousavi will win easily when the new election is held and that the current fake president will be consigned to history along with his religious supporters.
  12. JohnDoe Moderator

    I agree entirely. I think they probably did leak it, in a last ditch attempt to discredit Mousavi, because as you say they are cornered like rats, and have nowhere to go.

    As I said somewhere before, I think they have thrown everything they can at the people, and they have no other weapons - they have tried extreme fear & to terrorize the people - but still the protests continue (in whatever form), and march on toward freedom. So now they have to use the dirty tricks. But someone should tell them that is not going to work either. There can only be one outcome of this.

    Freedom for the people of Iran.

    Zindabad Persia:D
  13. thank you NIteOwl, thank you.
  14. Ray Murphy Member

    Yes, and another sign that they are cornered like rats, is that one section of the army has now come out and said that the soldiers are prepared to die to stop the UNARMED protestors and bring peace/control back to the streets (or similar words).
    This means they are expecting very soon:

    (a) A threat from another section of the Iranian army, or
    (b) An intolerable threat from powerful politicians and clerics
    (c) A threat from the people - once they start disarming the bullies, torturers, bash-artists and murderers.
  15. Mousavi's facebook page just announced that Rafsanjani will be leading Friday prayers.
    Mir Hossein Mousavi میر حسین موسوی's Photos - Wall Photos | Facebook

    This has to be good news, right? Google translates the caption as, "Remarkable eye to all friends who have a million march and rally" which I interpret as, "We will have a million-strong rally." Can anyone translate what's on the rest of the poster?
  16. Visionary Member

    The way I see it, it could be either really good news (he's going to give some kind of anti-regime speech and rally people maybe even revealing what he's been up to), really bad news (as in he's siding with the regime and will condemn the protests or says nothing specific, but decides to act as if everything is back to normal.), or no news and he isn't going to say anything about it and is going to keep stalling.

    Also it's kind of early for such an announcement isn't it? It seems to me that there's plenty of time for him to change his mind. Also it might be a trick by the government to get more people to go...which might be a mistake on their part.
  17. Rafsanjani leading coming week's Friday prayer

    The poster is clear:
    1. Another upheavel (HamAse) is on its way.
    2. Our Rande-vous Fri 26 Tir 1388 (17 July 2009).
    A. Rafsanjani leading coming week's Friday prayer at Tehran university
    3. Green wave ARISE, the promised day is coming.
    4. With S Mohamad Khatami & Mir H Mousavi in attendance.
    5. Attentions all friends awaiting demonstration and gathering of miliions.
    Analysis: This gathering can only happen as a counter-coup! If millions arise the Khamenei-AhmadiNejad coup cannot stop this from happening. Unless this is a not-so-funny joke?!
  18. JudyBee_FL Member

    Many thanks again NiteOwl for your GB. You have inspired me and many others to get involved in keeping #iranelection a trending topic so more people can be informed about what is going on in Iran. By showing support to the Iranian people, each of us can make a difference. Thanks for helping to facilitate our support.
  19. saahebnazar Member

    Can things move so fast in the other direction?

    While Karoubi & Montazeri have been vocal, not much news from Mousavi & Khatami not even in their official website. Rafsanjani also evasive and non-commital. Could this be the beginning of the end of #iranelection coup?
    Note that 8 Tir anniversary demo on Thurs revived hopes to the extent that there was quiet before storm and thousands went to streets. So much so that a weekly Thurs 4 pm protest movement was called for by many. People are not frightened anymore but they need time to reflect and regroup. The candidates initially called people to go and reclaim Tehran University a week after elections. This was called-off to avoid clashes between supporters of A.N. and Mousavi/Karoubi. The speeches by Khamenei, Janati, Ahmad Khatami, A.N. have all been unproductive from the regime's point of view, only adding salt to the injury. the shooting of protestors, arrests and tortures ineffective to calm the people. So after nightly allah-akbar, is it not time to claim back not only tehran university but also the whole of Tehran and Iran?!
  20. Ray Murphy Member

    It looks far too audacious to be true.
  21. RE:
    "D. 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.."


    Please see details about Haystack program here!!
    “Haystack,” Program Providing Unfiltered Internet Access in Iran to be Released

    and

    haystack.austinheap.com/
  22. Thank you Night Owl
  23. HeartForIran Member

    Thanks NiteOwl, for being a trusted source that is keeping us well-informed.
  24. I see the bad guys are already choosing a side. The side with other bad guys.
  25. a desert Member

    Yep, and they're trying to deflect curious eyes from their regime. 'Look, bad stuff over there, oh you sneaky, sneaky CIA men!'

    :rolleyes:

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