The Green Brief #35 (July 21)

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  1. NiteOwl Member

    I'm NiteOwl AKA Josh Shahryar - on twitter. I'm a journalist and a human rights activist and NOT Iranian. This is a compilation of news from Iran that I've gathered through twitter and Iranian sites that were advertised on twitter. Remember, this is all from tweets. (My work is released under Creative Commons (CC).)

    These are the important happenings that I can positively confirm from Tuesday, July 21 . (Apologies for being late today, I babysit on Monday's and Tuesday and the baby demanded extra attention today.)

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    Protests / Unrest

    1. Thousands of people gathered in and around Tehran to commemorate the deaths of several protesters who died a month ago. It was also the anniversary of Dr. Mohammad Mossadegh’s uprising against the former Shah more than half a century ago. The protest today was set forth by the people – it did not have the backing of any of the reformist leaders.

    2. Hordes of protesters made their way to 7 Tir Square in Tehran chanting anti-government slogans. Protesters were wearing green armbands and headbands. Crowds gathered at Vanak Square, Valiasr Square, and adjoining areas.

    3. The number of women outnumbered the number of men in some areas.
    Although exact numbers are hard to obtain, most sources estimate the number of protesters to be around 15,000. Today’s slogans included praise for former President Mohammad Mossadegh - who was overthrown in a coup orchestrated by the CIA in 1953.

    4. Thousands of security forces armed with guns, batons and tear gas gathered in many parts of the city. Their presence was mostly jam-packed at 7 Tir Square. Many partially-confirmed reports indicate that several foreigners were spotted among the ranks of the security forces gathered at 7 Tir Square.

    5. Police clashed with protesters as the crowd continued to swell – using brutal force to disperse them. Helicopters flew above Central Tehran. IRIB personnel were again positioned on high-rise buildings to take photographs and videos of protesters - to later be used by security forces. Police had also surrounded the IRIB building for protection against protesters. Protesters walked past IRIB with no clashes reported.

    6. Women again took the brunt of the beatings as they were not fast enough to escape the attacks from security forces. Many were viciously beaten with batons. The use of tear gas was confirmed – especially at 7 Tir Square. Most of the shops around the city were already closed - protesters had nowhere to take refuge this time. Clashes were also reported from Baharestan Square. Although it has been confirmed that shots were heard from several areas in Tehran, no deaths could be confirmed. No confirmation of protesters suffering from gunshot wounds, either.

    7. On a lighter note, many eyewitness accounts reported that some security forces would stop running after protesters and start cursing their superiors. Many complained of fatigue and were seen panting and telling protesters, “To just go and leave us alone.”

    8. Reports confirm protests in Oroumieh and Shiraz. There have been accounts of small protests in Tabriz – but none have been confirmed. Cell phone service was cut-off throughout Central Tehran.

    9. In Oroumieh, hundreds of people marched peacefully but were attacked by security forces trying to disperse them. Partially-confirmed reports indicate that shots were fired at protesters. No casualties can be confirmed at this point.

    10. Hundreds of people marched through Chamran Blvd and Saadi Street in Shiraz, before being attacked by security forces. Protesters were beaten severely with batons. The security presence was so overwhelming, that many claim there were more security forces than protesters. People chanted, “We want goat meat - NOT a goat president!”

    11. The citizens of Iran again used electrical blackouts as a means to show their discontent. It was reported that many parts of Tehran, as well as some parts of Karaj and Qazvin experienced blackouts. Reports emerged indicating that Iranian TV did not even display the correct time as a means of confusing people who wanted to synchronize their overuse of electricity.

    12. Two original members of the 1999 student protests in Tehran - Ahmad Tabatabie and Hasan Zareh Ardsher - have announced their participation in the upcoming “hunger strike” in front of the UN building in New York. Academy Award-winning actor Sean Penn has also announced his support for the hunger strike. The hunger strike will be held July 22 – 25th.

    13. Seventy-two former political prisoners from Iran have announced that they will hold a hunger strike in Berlin to show their solidarity with the Iranian people. The hunger strike will take place July 24th and 25th.

    14. Mahdi Karroubi’s supporters are planning a protest that will be held on August 2nd – the same day as Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s Presidential Inauguration. The location has not been disclosed at this point.

    (Rest Below)
  2. NiteOwl Member


    15. Sayed Mohammad Khatami met with families of two political prisoners, Hossein Tajik and Hamza Ghaleb, last night. They both work for Mousavi’s campaign. Rafsanjani’s website published a page from his memoirs that talked about his days of fighting against the Shah during the Revolution. The page outlines that every generation faces challenges and that fear was never going to stop generations from fighting for their rights. Many are interpreting this as a direct message to Khamenei.

    16. Former Minister of Health, Iraj Fazel, has criticized the government’s clamp- down on peaceful protesters and asked for an immediate halt to the violence. He stated, “People of Iran did not revolt against the Shah so that the blood of our youth could be spilled by the revolution.”

    17. After yesterday’s gathering of reformists in Eastern Azerbaijan Province, reformists in Fars Province held a meeting in Shiraz today. They declared their support for Mousavi and called for the annulment of the elections.

    Government / International

    18. The infighting within the Iranian Government over Ahmadinejad’s appointment of Asfandyar Rahim Mashaie as one of his Vice Presidents continues. Reports today suggest that Ahmadinejad continues to support his selection. One of his aides, Mojtaba Samara Hashemi, was quoted today as saying, “Ahmadinejad will not reconsider the appointment; it is final.”

    19. Ahmadinejad’s continued support for Mashaie was “checked” today by Khamenei. Sayed Mohammad Hassan Abotorabifard informed the ISNA (Iranian Student’s News Agency) that Khamenei, the majority of Members of Parliament, and the Iranian people wanted Mashaie to either resign his position or for Ahmadinejad to take back his appointment. Abotorabifard, an MP from Qazvin, stated that Khamenei had sent an official letter to Ahmadinejad opposing the appointment of Mashaie.

    20. In an ironic twist to his claim of “good governance,” Ahmadinejad appointed his son-in-law, Mehdi Khorshidi, as Director of the Presidential Secretary, and the husband of Ahmadinejad’s sister-in-law, as the head of Iran’s largest youth organization.

    21. The Iran’s Chief of Police, Esmail Ahmadi-Moghaddam, accused the opposition of “inciting sedition” and announced that the, “Iranian police will crush anyone who creates tensions in Iran.” The Iranian Judiciary announced that it was NOT going to enact a statute that lawyers claimed “restricted their freedom to practice their profession.”

    22. Russia’s Foreign Minister stated, “Only a small number of people in Iran were chanting against Russia during protest.” Meanwhile, Iran’s Ambassador to Russia, declared, “Russian planes were far more secure in terms of flight-safety than the Airbus.”

    23. Congressman Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI), gave a speech in the US House of Representatives today. McCotter criticized the Iranian government and talked about Taraneh Mousavi's rape and murder. Here’s a video link to his speech: YouTube - McCotter on Iran's Khamenei: Your Referendum Has Been Held and You Have Failed Your Test

    Arrested / Released / Killed

    24. Reports suggest that as many as thirty people were arrested during protests today. No deaths could be confirmed.

    25. Mohammad Ali Dadkhah -an Iranian lawyer and human rights activist who was detained after the protests - has been charged with possession of illegal firearms and opium. Mohammad Ali Abtahi has also been charged with possession of illegal weapons. One Iranian blogger has managed to obtain pictures of the ‘weapons’ discovered in Abtahi’s house (LOL): تصاوير سلاح‏هاي كشف شده در منزل محمدعلي ابطحي � اولين وبلاگ مستقل پس از صدر اسلام

    26. It has now been confirmed that Shapur Kazemi – the brother-in-law of Mir Hossein Mousavi - has been in detention for more than a month now. Reports also indicate that during the past few days, at least six prominent reformists have been arrested in Mahabad.


    27. The editor for Keyhan Daily Newspaper’s dismissed Khatami’s call for a “referendum” and called it akin to proposals by Michael Ledeen – from the American Enterprise Institute who in 2003 pressed for a military overthrow of Iran’s regime. Press TV’s Javad Shamaqdari today said that the IRIB should give Ahamdinejad more airtime.


    28. Paula Slater has sculpted a detailed portrait bust of Neda Aga-Soltan which will be presented at a rally to support Iran on July 25th. The rally will take place in front of San Francisco City Hall. A picture of the sculpture: Death of Neda

    29. The Piazzale Michelangelo - one of Florence's main squares - went green today in support of the Green Movement. Video:

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    ****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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  3. FreedomAgent Member

    Thank you as always amazing detail

  4. Sunshine-IRAN Member

    Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    :( Another reminder to atleast partially cover your face. Don't let them get a decent pic to put on that damn!!!!!!!!!!

    Good!!! No unity amongst the basiji! They need to be a splintered group, unable to sleep at night, unable to look at their sons knowing they arrested/beat someone not too different today... I hope they get terrible sunburns, sprain their ankles, and can't sleep at night because there is a cricket under their bed. (Do you even have crickets? lol :confused: )

    This should be discussed in the protest planning forum. We should use this date as a time to rally across the globe, remind the international community what our brothers and sisters in Iran are enduring.

    Niteowl, thank you for your hard work and dedication to updating us!! I got off work and immediately checked to see if you had it up! Thank you thank you thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  5. FreedomAgent Member under continues attack it has become rally personal
  6. Paleene Member

    All I understood fm twitter was the Arabs were detected among the Basij, not plainchlothesmen - ? Just want to confirm while doing the German translation.

    Thank you again for the tremendous workload you stand, NiteOwl !
    Babysitting - does this give us a clue on your age, though?
  7. Crickets galore!

    Oh yeah, extremely loud and rude ones too. I remember as a kid, during summers, I used to throw rocks from my balcony to where the noises would come from. They'd shut up for a couple of minutes, and then start the orchestra again...damm I couldn't sleep well some nights.
  8. FreedomAgent Member

    remember sleeping on the "poshteboons", man the best memories
  9. NiteOwl Member

    Hmm, plaintclothesmen is what I got from my sources. I'll check again. Twitter did say Basiji - that was only some.

    My age? Hmm, I'm 27. :)
  10. NiteOwl Member

    And my sources have freshly updated it to Basijis... I'm gonna fix. :) Thank you for the heads up.
  11. Paleene Member

  12. Thank you for the update, NiteOwl.
    Please take care, one only has to be exposed to trauma (not necessarily experience it) to suffer Posttraumatic Stress-type symptoms over time. Remember to eat, sleep, and breathe (hugging the kids will help, too.)
  13. NiteOwl Member

    I don't know. I will have to start trying. For now, I'm just trying to stay strong and know that it will end eventually and that it's important that we all continue to take part in this.

    Thank you for the concern. :)
  14. sp4rrowh4wk Member

    thank you again, NiteOwl
  15. JKShalmani Member

    I repeatedly heard about 3 dates given for the Presidential Inauguration: July 25, July 26, and August 2. Just curious - will there be more than one ceremonies on different days, or is there confusion related to the Iranian/European calendars? - Just would be good to refer to the exact date when I talk to people about it... nothing essential, though.

    Thanks again and again for keeping us informed!
  16. Seamyst Member

    Thank you so much for your continued dedication to this!

    And geez, don't worry about being late because of babysitting - kids are important. :)
  17. Thanks!

    Thanks, NiteOwl! Sometimes there's so much static on Twitter that it's hard to find anything useful. You do a great job on this!
  18. RadioFreeGab Member

    NiteOwl, your passion for passing on information straight out of Iran is amazing! Keep those Green Briefs coming.
  19. watsongs2012 Member

    Niteowl: you're the best, thank you. looking forward to the rally in Kansas City this Saturday.
  20. ^Disregard that, I'm a stupid newfag.
  21. Visionary Member

    LOL Poor guys. :D
    Great to read about all the protests on Tuesday.

    Thanks for all the updates!
  22. HeartForIran Member

    Dear NiteOwl, thank you very much again for this Brief!
  23. People should totally let hundreds of crickets and other annoying, noisy, scary, and stinging/biting bugs loose in the their houses - lets get a plague of egypt thing going, lol. that way they cant sleep because of all the bugs, and are too tired to go after the protestors.
  24. I missed this green brief last night taking car of my baby, too. But tonight he is sleeping right now and I am ready to read the new one. Nite Owl, we are waiting.

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