The Green Brief #48 (August 3,4 - Mordad 12,13)

Discussion in 'Green Brief' started by NiteOwl, Aug 4, 2009.

  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 Monday, August 3 - Mordad 12. (Some reports are from August 4 as well)

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    Protests / Unrest

    1. Protests were held in Tehran and at least one other city today. They were in retaliation to the official endorsement ceremony of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad by Ayatollah Khamenei on August 2.

    2. In Tehran, people gathered at Valiasr Square and Vanak Square at 6 PM Tehran time. People also protested in other parts of the city, Keshavarz Blvd, Kargar Street, Azadi Square, Takhte Tavoos, Mirdamad, Enghelab Square and 7 Tir Square, as well as other areas. Protests also took place in front of IRIB’s main office and the Ministry of Interior.

    3. People marched peacefully on the sidewalks towards Fatemi Square and Sa’aie park. The number of security forces was in the hundreds.

    4. Clashes broke out between protesters and security forces, yet again. Police used tear gas and fired guns in the air. Protesters were, yet again, harshly beaten injuring at least seven women. People retaliated in some areas by setting garbage dumpsters on fire to disperse the tear gas.

    5. Clashes were mainly concentrated on Vanak, but were also reported from Fatemi Square and other parts of Tehran – albeit with less intensity. The protestors were joined by a very large number of cars on the streets, honking their horns in support. For the first time today protesters also gathered in South Tehran in Naziabad.

    6. Protests continued late into the night with people walking on the streets until past midnight. To disperse protesters, lights were cut off in some parts of Tehran, to force people to go home. Sharif and Tarasht Metro Stations were closed to disrupt the flow of people in and out of Central Tehran. People opened their doors to protesters who were being chased by Basijis on motorbikes.

    7. No reformist leaders were present during the protests in Tehran. Initial reports, on various MSM and Iranian websites, claimed that Mahdi Karroubi had passed through a protest in his car – if not outright joined one – but that claim was later denied by Karroubi’s office.

    8. Numbers were hard to corroborate. From pictures and from at least one reputed source, it seems that somewhere between 2,000-5,000 people gathered at Vanak, although overall, across the city the number would be closer to 10,000.

    9. Outside Tehran, there was a protest in Shiraz. Protesters were fired at by security forces resulting in 15 injuries and 3 deaths. This has been confirmed.

    Upcoming International Protests

    10. A flash demonstration is being organized in Toronto at Dundas Square on Saturday – August 8 at 12 PM for about 2 minutes. For more information:
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    11. A protest is being held today in Atlanta, USA on Lenox Square at the corner of Lenox and Peachtree between 6 and 9 PM. More information: People4Iran | Raising Awareness About The People of Iran

    12. August 5 protest against Ahmadinejad's inauguration, London, in front of the Iranian Embassy from 18:00 to 21:00.

    13. More protests being held in Germany. For time, place and information:
    Julia's Blog: Protests and rallies in Germany (subject to change w/o notice)

    (If you, your friends or your organization are holding events, protests or doing something else related to the Iranian elections internationally, please send me an email with details and I will give you coverage. (Will only cost you 10 million dollars!) My email is: – I am also curious if anyone is doing something for the day of Ahmadinejad’s inauguration OUTSIDE Iran.)


    14. The reformist Mojahedin of the Islamic Revolution Organization today released a statement warning that Iran was on the brink of chaos. Their statement was mainly directed at the trial of reformists on August 1. The organization called the trial a ‘show’ and illegal on all counts.

    15. The Assembly of Qom Seminary Scholars and Researchers also released a statement today calling the trial a ‘show’. The statement called the trial illegal and another mistake by the government. It called upon the government, once again, to pay heed to people’s demands and stop oppressing peaceful protesters and their supporters.

    16. Ayatollah Mohaghegh-Damad has sent an open letter to Shahroudi and harshly criticized the legality of the trial of the reformists. He called the trial “an infamous blot on Islamic Jurisprudence”. He called it outright illegal.

    17. 86 faculty members of Tehran University sent a letter to Shahroudi today asking for the release of Eng. Khodayari.

    18. The Association of Combatant Clerics also released a statement today calling the trial of reformists a staged act. The statement added that the government was trying to distract people’s attention from the government’s inhumane treatment of its citizens.

    (Rest Below)
  2. NiteOwl Member

    Government / International

    19. Mohsen Rezaie’s spokesperson today told Al-Alam TV that Rezaie’s attendance was merely a show of respect for the leader. He indicated that Rezaie reserved the right to protest the election and criticize it.

    20. Ahmad Khatami today criticized the use of Allah o Akbar by protesters.

    21. The King of Oman is on a state visit to Iran. He was one of the first heads of a state that congratulated Ahmadinejad on his ‘historic’ selection as Iran’s president.

    22. According to reports, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is not going to congratulate Ahmadinejad on his selection as Iran’s president.

    Arrested / Released / Killed
    23. Partially confirmed reports indicate that the director of Tehran’s main oil refinery has been arrested. He is considered to be close to Mousavi.

    24. IRIB has reported that three detained American hikers, accused of working for the CIA were being questioned. The location of their detention was not disclosed.

    25. Saeed Hajjarian’s confession will be shown soon on IRIB.

    26. The spokesperson for the parliamentary commission reporting on the condition of the detainees from the recent protests, Kazem Jalali, said today that their report had been handed over to the government. He also added that he was resigning from his position.

    27. The deputy prosecutor of Tehran said today that the reformists currently on trial, will be allowed to have attorneys present in the next session of the court on Thursday.

    28. A group of families of the reformists, who were put on trial on August 1, have released a statement calling the trial a sham. The statement added that the trial was an indicator of the complete prostration of those who staged it. They further questioned the legality of the trial calling it “devoid of the most basic legal articles”.


    29. Etemaade Melli, a newspaper belonging to Mahdi Karroubi’s party of the same name, has been warned by the government to tone down its criticism of the government. The government has also warned Etemaade Melli to stop questioning the legitimacy of the election via its interviews. Etemaade Melli has not been published for several days in the past few weeks because the government did not deem the material suitable for publishing.

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  3. Great job NiteOwl!
  4. as always, thorough and concise. awesome job!
  5. Thanks as always

    I read the Green Brief everyday--great work!
    Thanks so much for all you do,
  6. There are 5000+ daily views for this thread. That makes less then 5 cents a person for a whole month. Isn't that cheaper then the amount you are paying for that crap you call evening news?
  7. JohnDoe Moderator

    Thanks as ever Niteowl

    Just read on Press TV, that US President Barack Obama, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown will not send congratualtory letters to Amamadman!

    Later! Just read that Robert Gibbs has referred to Amamadman the elected president - wonder where they at the same press conference?
  8. Thank you again for all your hard work and dedication.

    I continuse to collect links to News/Video/Photo/iReport/Blog and editorial cartoons about Iran They are posted at Iran News Central

  9. WitteKr Member

    Thanks for reminding! Just donated...
  10. Who is "Eng. Khodayari"?

    Who is "Eng. Khodayari"?
  11. sp4rrowh4wk Member

    thank you, NiteOwl
  12. Visionary Member

    Very sad and disturbing, is this their first reaction to protests there?
    Interesting...but it still could be used as propaganda now that he's in the picture.
    I wonder why he resigned, maybe he didn't like the way he was treated when looking for answers.
    Really? Still, a bit too late for some and it doesn't make up for what they've put everyone on trial through in court and in prison.
  13. Thanks Again!!!
  14. Thank you

    thanks again!

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