Iran Burning, Pt. 3 (UPDATED REPEATEDLY)


Even though the Iranian government is cracking down on journalists and jamming communication, a reformist inside Iran managed to smuggle this video to a French news agency.


We didn’t want to rebel, but we want freedom, democracy and equality. We can’t use the Internet to get the news, all websites have been filtered and mobiles are jammed. FriendFeed, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and all social networks are also filtered. All the news agencies are also filtered and some newspapers have closed.

[The authorities] have lowered Internet speed to such a low rate that we cannot follow the news with it. Our state media is also cooperating with the government — they don’t show any news at all. All these things signify what we’re going through right now.

The Christian Science Monitor presents the case that the Iranian election was stolen. Some excerpts:

Defeated challenger Mir Hossein Mousavi claims that the official result of 62.6 percent for Mr. Ahmadinejad and just 33.7 percent for him was a “dangerous charade,” and has called for a new election. His newspaper, Kalameh Sabz, reported that more than 10 million votes were missing personal identification numbers that made the votes untraceable. He also says some polling stations closed prematurely, preventing some voters from casting ballots.


Results from 39.2 million handwritten ballots came much more swiftly than in previous votes, emerging within hours. Detailed election data typically released has not been made public.

Iran’s Supreme Leader sanctioned Ahmadinejad’s victory after a day, instead of the customary three.

Ahmadinejad made a surprisingly strong showing in wealthier cities, where he is known to have less support, and in the ethnic strongholds of his rivals. Results from cities and rural areas normally vary, but this time were remarkably consistent.


Analysts expected a closer race, if not a reverse of that result, after a final surge in cities across Iran galvanized a large anti-Ahmadinejad vote.

Secret Iranian government polls reported by Newsweek earlier this month estimated that Mousavi would win 16 to 18 million votes, and Ahmadinejad just 6 to 8 million. Those polls found that even the Revolutionary Guard and Iran’s “vast intelligence apparatus seem to have come around to this position: a large majority of them also plan to vote for Mousavi,” Newsweek reported.


Farhi says of the 11 million new Iranian voters, she “simply, simply cannot believe” that Ahmadinejad could have won 8 million of them.

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