Iran Burning, Pt. 5 (UPDATED REPEATEDLY)

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Opposition leader Mir-Hossein Mousavi gave a speech to his supporters earlier today; here’s the translation:

I have come due to concerns of current political and social conditions – to defend the rights of the nation. I have come to improve Iran’s international relations. I have come to tell the world and get back Iran’s pride, our dignity and our future. I have come to bring to Iran a future of freedom, of hope and of fulfillment.

I have come to represent the poor, the helpless, and the hungry. I have come to be accountable to you, my people, and to this world. Iran must participate in fair elections. It is a matter of national importance. I have come to you because of the corruption in Iran. 25% inflation means ignorance, thieving and corruption.

Where is the wealth of my nation? What have you done with the $300 billion in the last four years? The next Government of Iran will be chosen by the people. Why do all our young want to leave this country? I know of nobody else who places himself ahead of 20 million other of a nation.

This image–as well as the image of a smashed computer I posted a few days ago–is from when plainclothes government security forces raided dorms at Tehran University:

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Well, apparently an inquiry into those raids led to a fistfight in the Iranian legislature:

Apparently, Abutorabi (Parliament secretary) questioned the connections of the plainclothes security forces who had earlier storm Tehran University’s dorms and killed and injured students. Abutorabi claims that those individuals have been identified and says: “Why do plainclothes individuals without permission from the government get to storm the dorms?”

Then Ansari, a member of the parliament took the floor and talked about the “fact finding” committee and the fact that everyone in that comittee is an Ahmadinejad supporter and therefore questioned the legitimacy of the committee.

After Ansari, Abutorabi took the floor again and continued questioning the plainclothes security forces once again. At this point Hosseinian, Koochakzadeh, and Resaee, the three biggest supporters of Ahmadinejad in the parliament, started a verbal argument which ended with a number of physical fights. As a result a number of pro and anti Ahmadinejad members of the parliament join the fight and start slapping and pushing each other.

In the end, the anti Ahmadinejad block claims that they will expose the identities of those behind the plainclothes security forces.

Keep in mind that the pro and anti Ahmadinejad blocks belong to the same political party! I think the government is starting to crack up from the inside.

[Emphasis mine]

UPDATE: More pics, from Andrew Sullivan and HuffPo:

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UPDATE II: And here’s a video of one of today’s rallies:

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