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The Green Brief #31 (July 17)

Discussion in 'Green Brief' started by NiteOwl, Jul 17, 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 you can post it wherever you want as long as you provide a link to the original source and the disclaimer... PLEASE?.)

    These are the important happenings that I can positively confirm from Friday, July 17 . (A list of all the Green Briefs: The Green Briefs)


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    Protests / Unrest

    1. Hashemi Rafsanjani’s Friday prayers speech was accompanied today by large protests across Tehran and in many other parts of Iran. His sermon was not live-broadcasted on Iranian TVs, but one IRIB radio station did broadcast it (Here’s a PARTIAL translation of his speech: Rafsanjani's Friday Prayer Sermon - Why We Protest - IRAN).

    2. Many top Iranian pro-reform politicians were present during the Friday sermons including Mir Hossein Mousavi, Mahdi Karroubi and Abdollah Nouri. Mousavi’s wife, Zahra Rahnavard, and Rafsanjani’s wife and two daughters also joined the prayers today.

    3. Karroubi was assaulted in front of Tehran University as he tried to enter the compound to join the prayers. Nouri – a former minister during Khatami and Rafsanjani’s presidency and a much respected reformist who’s derided by the conservatives – was also insulted and attacked by Basijis as he was making his way towards Tehran University. Reformist former president Mohammad Khatami was not seen attending the prayers. Conservative politicians largely stayed away from the prayers.

    4. In his sermon/speech, Rafsanjani asked the government to release all prisoners, all sides of the political debate to sit together and discuss the issues, the government and security forces to follow the law when dealing with protesters, for an end to media censorship and said that the Guardian Council had missed a chance to restore people’s trust.

    5. Rafsanjani’s speech at Tehran University was attended by thousands of people – many of them protesters who wore green bands on their heads or around their wrists. Thousands of people gathered outside the University while hundreds of thousands marched across other areas of Tehran even while the speech/sermon was being delivered.

    6. Protesters inside the mosque chanted “Allah o Akbar”, “Azadi… Azadi” (Freedom… Freedom) and slogans against Russia and China. Rafsanjani tried several times to stop people from chanting but the chants continued sporadically. It is worth mentioning that there was a loudspeaker inside the mosque which chanted, “Death to America!”, but every time that slogan was heard, people loudly replied with, “Death to Russia, Death to China!”

    7. How many people may have gathered in Tehran is very difficult to determine. While tweet sources claimed up to four million people were out on the streets, the real numbers were probably much lower. From photos and video footage that was released and testimonies from reliable tweet sources, one could assume that there were close to a million people or slightly more than a million took part in the protests. Again, this is just an estimate.

    6. By far the largest part of the crowd headed from Tehran University to Azadi Square. Streets around the University were crowded with protesters. There were a few hundred pro-Ahmadinejad and pro-Khamenei protesters out too. Many held placards with Ahmadinejad and Khamenei’s pictures. They also staged a march towards Azadi Square.

    7. Thousands of people gathered around the Ministry of Interior, the IRIB building and in front of Evin Prison. Large numbers of protesters were present in Keshavarz Boulevard, Enghelab Square, Valiasr, Jamhori Blvd, Ferdowsi Square and Quds Ave and well as 16 Azar Ave. Protesters chanted “Death to the Dictator” “Where’s My Vote?” and similar slogans.

    8. Cell phone Networks were cut off in most parts of Central Tehran and in areas where protesters had gathered elsewhere. IRIB photographers and cameramen were filming individual protesters from within the crowds and from high-rise buildings. The task was made difficult because there protests in all parts of Tehran, not just the centre of city.

    9. Basijis and other security forces today brutalized protesters once again. At least two people were shot and one girl was reportedly killed during the protests. Basijis used batons to beat people – even small children and women were not spared. Many women were reportedly stabbed with knives by Basijis dressed as women. Several mosques around the city were packed with Basijis waiting to come out and clash with protesters.

    10. Heavy clashes were reported from around the IRIB building, Jame Jam Street, Keshavarz Blvd, Amirabad Street, University of Tehran dorms, Ferdowsi Square, Jomhoori Street, Azadi Street and almost all parts of Central Tehran as well as in front of Tehran University where clashes were the heaviest. Gunshots were heard from many parts of the city, especially Azadi Square. Basijis even attacked people who had come to prayers.

    11. More than a hundred people were arrested from Tehran today, a large majority from the central part of the city. Tear gas was used extensively in many parts of the city by Basijis and other security forces. There were also reports that many Basijis were carrying taserguns and used them on many protesters. Military helicopters were flying around the city for much of the day. Many shop-keepers and people with homes close to the protests opened their doors for protesters running away from security forces. Cars driving past protests honked their horns in a show of support for protesters. Protests continued till about midnight Tehran time.

    12. Today, there were also reports of protests in Karaj, Ghazvin, Mashhad and Tabriz. In Mashhad, hundreds of people walked the streets with green placards. It has been partially confirmed that Basijis used tear gas to disperse protesters in Mashhad and many people were injured. A small rally was held in Qom as well.

    13. During Ahmadinejad’s speech in Mashhad yesterday, it has been confirmed that many people chanted Allah o Akbar and many people there to hear the speech wore green armbands and headbands.


    Opposition

    14. The Participation Front issued a statement today, thanking the Sea of Green for participating in rallies on Friday. The statement also added that the people responsible for the coupe d’état against the people would eventually lose the battle against the will of the people.

    15. Reports indicate that Said Mohammad Khatami and Abdullah Nouri held a meeting on Tuesday last week to discuss the current situation in the country. It is being reported that Nouri has joined the opposition to the elections by urging of Khatami.


    Government / International

    16. President-Select Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has appointed several members of his cabinet so far, but the full list of cabinet members will be released after his inauguration. Among the appointees, Asfandyar Rahim Mashaie has been appointed to the post of first vice president. He also appointed a new chief for the Iranian nuclear agency.


    17. Iran Intelligence Minister Gholamhosein Ejaie claimed today that Israel as one of the enemies of the Islamic Republic had been responsible for much interference in Iran’s affairs. Ejaie also added that the Israeli government had plotted to assassinate Ahmadinejad during the elections. (For once…)


    Arrests / Release / Deaths

    18. New reports indicate that at least 36 officers of the Iranian Army have been arrested for participating in Kamyl prayers for detainees and martyrs. They were arrested in Ray city close to Tehran on charges of holding secret meetings and activities pertaining to sabotage.

    19. Shadi Sadr – an Iranian lawyer, feminist and journalist – was beaten and arrested while making her way towards the prayers today in Tehran. Later, her house was thoroughly searched by security forces. Her whereabouts are unknown at this point. New reports indicate that yesterday, Roshanak Siyasi – another feminist and reformist activist – was arrested as well. Other detainees from recent days include Ahmad Madadi, Raoof Taheri and Reza Abbasi from Zanjan.

    20. An advisor to Mousavi has announced that a committee formed by reformists to follow cases of detainees will start operations from Saturday. Families of detainees can contact their office on this phone number: 77637696

    (Rest Below)
  2. NiteOwl Member

    21. I can now confirm the gang rape and death of Taraneh Mousavi. She was a leftist reformist student and was detained by Basijis a few days ago. She was raped repeatedly and her charred body was found in Ghazvin two days ago. Another detainee reportedly died on July 9. The cause of death cannot be ascertained at this point.


    Media

    22. IRIB censored many of Rafsanjani’s pro-reform remarks and instead focuses all of its attention on his words for unity. Fars News claimed that people were whistling and clapping while Rafsanjani was giving the sermon. IRIB also failed to mention people chanting against China and Russia.


    *A lot of questions regarding Bernard Kouchner’s statement that France would recognize Ahmadinejad yesterday were answered by a responsible French citizen who provided us with valuable analysis of what actually happened: What Bernard Kouchner REALLY said about Iran - Why We Protest - IRAN)

    **This picture is old, but I figured I’ll post it for anyone who hasn’t seen it. It shows how the Iranian government photoshopped a pro-Ahmadinejad protest a few weeks ago to make it look larger than it was: http://tinyurl.com/lkqscu --- Courtesy of an Israeli friend)

    ***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:

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  3. Thank you so much. This has surly been a busy day for you. I have spent my day finding and posting almost 200 news articles at Iran News Central to help keep people informed.

    Keep ip the good work.

    Whozits
  4. this small rally?


    While the picture is certainly photoshopped, it is silly to argue that it proves how small the rally was. The geographic circumstances of that rally had people wrapped around streets, rather than an open space. Deceptive picture? yes Deceptive numbers? no.
  5. Green Brief out in record time. Thank you for ALL your efforts to keep the world informed.

    I'm still confused by French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner's statement. Does the French Gov. recognize the president select or not...
  6. i noticed green too, but how does one distinguish between casual use of green versus protester use? green is afterall the most popular color in iran, including in headband worn by hezbollahis. the arms bands though would certainly be protesters.

    thanks again.
  7. NiteOwl Member



    Misworded. Apologies. I fixed it. :)
  8. NiteOwl Member

  9. Vee Member

    Thankyou for all you do.
  10. Cool.

    Also, Nateq Nouri is not a reformist. He is from the pragmatic conservatives, like Rafsanjani.
  11. yes he is certainly NOT a president-ELECT!!

    "President-Select Mahmoud Ahmadinejad" - very apt!
  12. Ray Murphy Member

  13. thanks NightOwl..hope everything is well in Anartica!

    I might add that Dr Ray posted a link to above also showed the same photo shop picture from a rally 2 years ago i think.. lol
  14. MizMalone Member

    Thanks!!

    Than ks NightOwl for all your effort and time. your work is indispensable in this matter! <3
  15. Thank you

    As all the information comes available in so many spurts durting the day, I turn to 2 sources... Nico Pitney's blog on HuffingtonPost and your absolutely amazing compilation of confirmed fact and translation.

    You are doing an amazing job and, someday, hope you gain recognition for what you do to help bring democracy, freedom and change to Iran.

    Thank you.
  16. Visionary Member

    Hmmm, I wonder if the people of Iran will have the chance to see it all for themselves. Also I wonder if this will distort their view of what was said and how it will affect things.
  17. I would guess that those supporting Green will listen or watch it from the radio broadcast, or from internet. Those who support regime most likely will not, and even if they did it would make no difference. There doesnt seem to be a whole lot of middle ground betwen the camps.
  18. Mihanzadeh Member


    I don't get it are you trying to convince us that Antarinejad have a lot of supporters or yourself. He may had a lot of people out there that day but they aren't even close to the numbers that the ordinary, I mean non paid / bribed demonstrators are.

    These are the same people who try to control the demonstrators by beating them and killing them, so don't hold your breath for another gathering because they are busy.

    Zendeh bad irani!!

    Ps. These government agent will be out of their job soon I think we should start collecting money for them (So we can show are green spirit) ds.
  19. No. I meant that complaining about that instance is as silly as the pro-regime people and nutcases who complained about this BBC incident: whatreallyhappened.com: MEDIA PROPAGANDA ON IRAN

    Big deal BBC used Ahmadinejad's rally picture and labeled it Mousavi rally.
    Big deal Iran media photoshop Ahmedinejad rally to add more people.

    BOTH rallies had hundreds of thousands of people.
    It would be a other thing if they put pictures when no rally happened.
    Or if rally was real small but they put big picture.
  20. Sunshine-IRAN Member

    I'm always amused that those who do the most arguing are usually unregistered...Comparing that to the bravery of our bothers and sisters in Iran...

    Thank you niteowl. I had to repeatedly remind myself today that you would have lots to catch up on today, I've been anxiously checking for your brief for the last couple hours. :)
  21. So the pictures in the above link are faked too? Or did they coordinate having the same flags, Ahmadinejad speaking, same banners on building and all that as well?

    Really, it is not a big deal. He had a hundred thousand supporters. We had millions.

    We win.

    We dont need to lie.
  22. Voters Union Member

    I think the confusion is due to the *reporting* of that Kouchner said, not what he actually said. I assume that NiteOwl as well as some other reporters reprinted the translated AFP news without checking what Kouchner actually said.

    It happens to the best of them and highlights to me two important things about news:

    - A a reader, never trust any news source 100% (no, not NiteOwl either) , but always be critical of what you read and try to find more information closer to the source if you are in doubt (things are quite often lost in translation, for example)

    - News doesn't have to be less than 24h old to be news-- sometimes it is more important to get everything right and to be able to fit the news into a bigger picture than "to get it out" as quickly as possible.

    My thanks also to NiteOwl for all the good work.
  23. thanks!

    thanks for the infos, please ask your local media for more infos about what is going on in Iran! vive la liberte!
  24. Thanks again for being the voice of Iranians for the world to hear.
  25. FreedomAgent Member

    Doorood bar to
  26. jojo Member

    Who is "The Participation Front"? Is that some organisation in Iran? Who's behind it?

    And btw @NiteOwl many many thanks for all that good work!
  27. Boor

    Dear Night Owl:

    Many thanks to your hard work. It's a pleasure to read your briefs. With all due respect, I have a little bit of problem with your confirmation of Taraneh Mousavi's rape and murder story. There are plenty of contradictory information or misinformation about this case, and until a few hours ago, there is no indication of any reliable information or sources emerging to confirm or reject this unfortunate event. Since, especially news of such importance and gravity can influence the opinion of masses and will affect many people's lives and reputation, I would really appreciate if you could some how let us know how you decided to confirm this story. Of course I understand that you can not and should not disclose your sources or the sensitive information, but I'd really like to know how reliable and accurate the information which made you confirm this story with such certainty are.

    I believe the information you have provided us have so far been very reliable and objective, but due to the sensitivity of this particular story, it's extremely important that all of us do our best to make sure we don't fall into the propaganda traps of our friends or enemies! Please try to respond to this as best as you can in your next wonderful and valuable Brief.

    Best Regards:

    Boorboori
  28. If they can't fit a million people into one photo does that that make it acceptable to photoshop them in?? If they don't behave honestly with their material when can they be trusted to report any truth?!! This calls into question the legitimacy of the video clip that has been posted. Eye witness accounts of said rally claim this footage was NOT taken from the same event...

    ...I know who I believe
  29. Good grief! :eek:
  30. JKShalmani Member

    Well, I guess in any other country than Iran the wearing of green is likely to have no connection with the Iranian opposition movement. But seriously - if people in Iran wear green when showing up at a political event these days it can be taken for granted that they do it intentionally...
  31. Great Job

    Great job yet again NiteOwl!
  32. HeartForIran Member

    Hello NiteOwl, thank you so much for your Brief again. And of course you know you should not tell about your sources. YOU are our source! That should be good enough!

    HeartForIran
  33. Sport, Swedish golfer Stenson.

    http://www.expressen.se/polopoly_fs/1.1643895!slot100slotWide75ArticleFull/3447786819.jpg[img]

    [url]http://www.expressen.se/sport/golf/1.1643892/stenson-hyllar-van-med-ett-gront-band[url]

    Sorry butt I cant spell. Mebey sam one ells can translate the story.
  34. Paleene Member

  35. NiteOwl Member



    Thank you Paleene. :))
  36. JohnDoe Moderator

    Come on Henrik Stenson!!!!! Well done that man:) I've just become your fan!
  37. JKShalmani Member

    wow... thank you Paleene! I just posted it on my FB for everyone to see :) :)

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