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The Green Brief #26 (July 12)

Discussion in 'Green Brief' started by NiteOwl, Jul 12, 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 Sunday, July 12 .


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    Protests / Unrest

    1. Sporadic protests were reported from Tehran today. Although the numbers could not be confirmed, many sources claimed that people tried to gather at Valiasr Square. Clashes were reported in Keshavarz Blvd, Towhid Square, Fatemi Blvd, Satarkhan Street and Valiasr Square. Heavy presence of security forces was reported in those areas. Reports indicated helicopters were hovering over Central Tehran- where most of these areas are located. Cell phone networks were cut off in the aforementioned areas as well.

    2. Hundreds of people staged peaceful gatherings in front of the Islamic Republic Court and Evin Prison. They were demanding the release of their loved ones. It is speculated that there will be a large protest in Iran on Friday, however, this cannot be confirmed as of yet.

    3. Shirin Ebadi - Nobel Peace Prize Winner and Iranian Human Rights Activist - has declared that this Friday, Iranians from all over the world, will unite to protest the appointment of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as President. A three-day hunger strike by prominent Iranians will also be observed in front of the United Nation’s Headquarters in New York City on July 22nd.


    Opposition

    4. The Democratic Party of Iran has declared its support for Mousavi. The party has declared that a regime only has legitimacy when that legitimacy is earned through the people. This party joins many others who have already pledged their support for Mousavi.

    5. In a statement released today, Mohsen Rezaie – another candidate in the disputed elections – announced five points that everyone in Iran should realize in understanding the post-election problems.

    - The Iranian Government should KNOW the difference between peaceful protesters and people who're working to destroy the Islamic Republic.

    - The Iranian Government should KNOW the difference between politicians/people who merely have complaints, and those who may be “foreign meddlers.”

    - Politicians should be able to pursue their rights and rights of the people through legal channels. Government organizations should seriously consider complaints from the people/politicians without the fear of persecution from someone else.

    - Negotiations should be held between those with complaints and the government for solving these complaints in order to safeguard national security and continue peaceful political participation in the country.

    - Government agencies should follow the law when restoring calm and safeguarding people’s rights.

    - Imam Ali’s guidelines and his life should be used as an example for solving all political issues.

    6. Ayatollah Bayat Zanjani has given a Fatwa declaring that people should use peaceful means to remove individuals who have illegitimately gained a government post from their official posts. He gave the Fatwa after being asked whether government employees should stop working because the government was illegitimate. Ayatollah Montazeri also declared in a Fatwa yesterday that anyone who uses their power illegitimately was automatically disqualified from their position of religious authority.

    7. In an interview released to the media, Shirin Ebadi has denounced the government’s wide-spread arrests of lawyers and human rights activists since the election. She also denounced a new ‘law’ being created by the justice department which gives it broader power to revoke lawyers’ permits, calling it illegal and asking the government to declare it null and void.
    Government International

    9. There are partially confirmed reports that Hashemi Rafsanjani will be leading the next Friday prayers in Tehran. It has also been reported that the Green movement is planning on participating, including leaders of the movement. This, however, cannot be confirmed at this point.

    10. The commander of the IRG has warned that those who oppose the election should be careful because the armed forces of Iran would not surrender against protests. He also announced that the armed forces for ready and fully capable of quelling any unrests that may come in the following days.

    11. In an attempt to ward off criticism from the government by the international community, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s assistant has issued a statement calling out the international community’s stance regarding the recent developments in Iran, hypocritical. Among his claims to justify government’s actions was that the number of political prisoners in Iran was far less than the number of political prisoners in Western countries. Several important clerics in Qom have criticized the government’s silence over the deaths of more than 150 Muslims Uighors in unrests in Western China. They have called upon the government to condemn the Chinese government’s brutality.


    Arrested / Released / Killing

    12. Since the beginning of the protests, 41 journalists have now been detained so far. Abulfazl Abedini – another journalist – has now been confirmed to have been arrested by unknown people and his whereabouts cannot be determined Sheila Najafi, a leftist activist and poet, was arrested from Amol and her whereabouts are unknown as well. . Saeed Hajjarian’s son Mohsen Hajjarian has now been arrested as well. Mahdi Madavi-Azad, another journalist and editor-in-chief of Shahab News, was arrested today as well.

    13. Sohrab A’rabi’s body was finally given over to his family. His funeral will be held tomorrow at Beheshte Zahra cemetery and he will be buried there. It’s worth noting that even though the last Green Brief indicated that he’d died under torture at Evin, it has now being reported that he had actually died weeks ago during a protest and that his body could not be identified until now.

    14. In Saqez on Saturday, security forces stormed the houses of several prominent Iranians who are either reformist or pro-protester without search warrants and arrested as many as 32 people. During the recent protests in Kermanshah, dozens of protesters have been arrested and moved to Dizel Abad Prison. In Tehran, as people continue to chant Allah o Akbar at night on their rooftops – some have even started using loudspeakers -, the security forces have slowly ramped up arrests of people who engage in this form of protest. Several people have been arrested so far.

    15. Mahdi Karoubi met with the families of detained reformists today. The detainees’ families told Karoubi that they weren’t anti-government and asked Karoubi to help them secure the release of their loved ones. Families of detainees are now being threatened by security forces that if they talk or give interviews about the detention of their loved ones, their relatives will be kept in prison longer.


    Media

    16. The sale of Nokia cell phones in Tehran has taken a setback in recent days as people in Tehranis accuse Nokia of helping the Iranian government in planting surveillance devices that have been used to arrest scores of Iranians. Sales have plummeted by as much as 50 percent.

    17. This comes at a time when today, the IRG warned Iranians to not use websites like Twitter, Myspace and Facebook to create tensions. All of the above mentioned sites have already been blocked in Iran. It has also been reported that since Mousavi’s call to stop buying advertisement time on IRIB, several prominent business-owners have complied. This has affected the IRIB’s income significantly.



    *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.

    Read this if you want to help or get help!

    Helpers:


    A. You can retweet this link and help others know what is going on in Iran.

    B: If you would like to help out with compiling all the news stories from Iran in a geo-spatial context, please request for sub-editorship at #iran.aic - WebIRC - AnonNet - Check out the website for the project at: Iran Map | Iran Map or email me at dbosca@gmail.com.

    C. 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 Browser Bundle

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

    Farsi:

    Tor Browser Bundle

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    Get video torrents and help on Tor here:

    Gonzo Times � Torrents List (82 videos)
  2. Thank you Niteowl. I haven't missed a single update so far.
  3. Thank you

    I haven't missed any of your reports either. I look forward to you report every day. Thank you and everyone that assissts you in compiling these reports so promptly.
  4. Kat-IRAN Member

    Thank you once again for your work in preparing this brief!!
    I'm wondering if Nokia has taken a dive in sales anywhere else? :D They deserve it! :D
  5. The best news source available

    Excellent updates. Continue the quest.
  6. wow.. exciting times.
  7. Nite Owl you are much appreciated.
  8. thank you

    thanks for keeping us informed
  9. leo-IRAN Member

  10. Thank you NiteOwl.
  11. Nokia

    I know of at least 100 people that I have talked to here in the US that will never buy Nokia or Siemmens products again, and many have promised to spread the word and encourage others not to purchase from these companies. We will see how it goes.
  12. Visionary Member

    Interesting stuff.
    Good to know that there was protesting going on Sunday too.
    Thanks for the updates!
  13. Thank you very much NiteOwl. You keep me posted every night!
  14. Same here. When all things end, and insha'allah the Iranian people get the change they so rightfully deserve, The Green Brief would make an excellent history book.

    Thank you and God bless all people of the world.
  15. Thank You!

    Your tireless efforts to get information out regularly and after also checking sources, is greatly appreciated.

    "Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed - else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die." ~Dwight D. Eisenhower

    Thank you for giving a well stated summary of the many, many, items that are circulating and using your talents for the freedom seekers in Iran. You daily refresh us.

    Namaste!

    USA4Freedom
  16. serj-IRAN Member

    Thank you

    Thank you NiteOwl for your updates and work, we all appreciate it at the upmost.

    God bless the Free People of Iran in their pursuit for FREEDOM.

    If we raise our voices as one, there's nothin g that cant be done.

    God bless you all.
  17. Drtoad Member

    Thank you

    NiteOwl, many thanks for your time, effort, and insight.
  18. Thanks

    Many thanks for informing us. Your work is extremely professional, ovjective, honest and accurate. Keep up the good work. Thanks you
  19. I assume you mean central Tehran?
  20. I just wanted to say this - The best form of protest is non-compliance. If stores stay shut, if government workers don't show up, if people don't buy from or in any way support businesses or corporations which are helping the government or are on the side of government, this will best get the people's points across, even better than protests.
  21. JohnDoe Moderator

    Salam and thank you again.

    A lot of interesting stuff here - glad to hear that Nokia are being hit. We are just about to replace one of our phones, and guess what it won't be!!!!
  22. Voters Union Member

    Basically I do think Ben Roome of NSN (Nokia Siemens Network) got it right when he said that the choice is between having a communications network that the government can bug, or not having a communications network at all.

    Does anyone really think that the Iranian government (or *any* government for that matter) would install a telecommunications network without the possibility to eavesdrop on the communication?

    Clearly, looking at the videos and pictures being sent out from Iran, clearly it is better to have mobile phones than not to have them.

    --

    Here's an earlier comment I wrote about the Nokia Siemens Network situation:
    http://iran.whyweprotest.net/promote-cause/6336-actions-you-can-take-2.html#post37671
  23. SIX points not five

    Just a very minor comment: you stated that Rezaie had outlined FIVE points in his statement. The Green Brief then proceeded to list SIX points!

    Great work overall, keep it up!
  24. i saw the comments made over july 4th weekend i take nothing you write as confirmation of anything it was sick how you joked about creating noncofirmed whatevers hope this ways on your soul
  25. HeartForIran Member

    NiteOwl: as always clear, accurate and carefull...and persisting in your efforts to contribute to the future freedom of the brave Iranian people! The day of freedom will come, Inshallah.

    Thank you!
  26. thank you

    blessings for what you are doing. please keep it up as this is the only way we know what is happening.
  27. Closing embassies

    For your information:

    The International Campaign to close down Iranian Embassies


    The world must know that the only way out of political Islam and its global aggression is to support the movement of people of Iran to overthrow the Islamic Republic and defend “freedom, equality, prosperity”, for the people of Iran. The People in Iran have spoken. They are demonstrating in the streets, and universities. People in Iran want to overthrow the entire Islamic Republic of Iran, for its terror, imprisonment, gender discriminations, denial of all social and personal freedom and mass execution. They want to get rid of this cruel government for imposing the most inhuman, brutal, misogynist and backward roles on people. Iranian people want universal human and civil rights to become the benchmark.

    Never has it been so urgent to stand firm by the people of Iran and proclaim that:



    · the Islamic Republic of Iran is directly responsible for terrorizing people globally with its daily crimes against humanity from Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan to Algeria and Palestine, even in the heart of Europe and the North America; from imposing reactionary and anti-human Islamic laws on people, from beheading and mutilations, to planting bombs and mass murder in buses, café and discotheques;



    · the Islamic Republic of Iran is directly responsible for sustaining terrorism as a main tool in further deepening the national, ethnic and religious splits in the Middle East and keeping alive this conflict as political capital and source for its power;



    · that every one of the leaders of Islamic Republic of Iran, be it so-called reformists such Khatami, Rafsanjani, and Mosavi or hard liners such as Ahmadinezhad, Khamenei are directly responsible for assassinations and executions of over hundred thousand of Iranian activists both in Iran and abroad;



    · that defeating the Islamic Republic in Iran is a prerequisite for demolishing political Islam as a movement, aspiring political power in the Middle East. Without the Islamic Republic of Iran, political Islam will become a trivial and insignificant opposition in the Middle East;



    · that President Ahmadinejad along with other leaders of Islamic Regime of Iran has violated Articles 9, 10, 11 and 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights;

    and therefore demand:



    · To close down all Iranian embassies

    · To freeze all bank accounts of the leaders of Islamic Republic of Iran

    · To expel the Islamic Republic from all the International Agencies

    · To trial all the leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran in an international court for their crimes against humanity, in particular in Iran



    Homa Arjomand

    The coordinator of The International Campaign to close down Iranian Embassies

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