Posts Tagged ‘Iran’

Footage from clashes in Iran

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

More and more the regime in Iran seems to ape the reactions of the Shah's regime to the popular uprising. If they continue to ignore the will of the people, and the people remain as united as they seem to be, the days of the ayatollah and the dual political system in Iran could be numbered.

I urge everyone to watch this video and see the increasingly desperate and violent efforts of the Iranian state to put down its people.

Video from Iran of clashes between riot police and protesters

Riot police on motorbikes in Iran

Riot police on motorbikes in Iran

Live updates about the Iran situation

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

The Guardian, one of the last decent newspapers, has an excellent website. Much time I have spent perusing it. Today, I found this link to a live-updating page about the Iran situation.

Two things struck me in particular:

The man who leaked the real election results from the Interior Ministry - the ones showing Ahmadinejad coming third - was killed in a suspicious car accident, according to unconfirmed reports

A key Iranian figure, Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, who has remained invisible since the election, has called an emergency meeting of the Assembly of Experts, according to the US-based Iran expert Reza Aslan.
"If true, this is a bombshell," says Nico Pitney on his excellent live blog of the crisis on the Huffington Post.

There is also a gruesome picture of a young man killed yesterday but I will not re-link that. It is on that page if you care to look. I hope this will not be another Tiananmen, but the senses of hope and danger are the same.

My own relatively uninformed opinion is that the anger initially directed towards Ahmadinejad has now crossed over and that the "other half" of the Iranian dual political system is now feeling the heat.

For a good summary of the co-existing systems of democracy and tyranny in Iran, visit this BBC link: How Iran is ruled

This picture really affected me:

Iran protest yesterday

Iran protest yesterday