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Sunday, June 14, 2009

Iran's Election Fallout On Twitter

Recap... Iran held it's presidential election, officials claim Ahmadinejad won over Mir Hossein Mousavi and the people that cast their votes claim the election was rigged and a fraud.

The streets were "on fire" according to Michael Totten when I wrote about this last night (link to him and video at the link.)

Twitter seems to have constantly updated information from multiple sources, with photos, video and news showing that the people of Iran are infuriated and chanting "Death to the liar government" and other sources claiming Ahmadinejad and the Mullahs are scared enough to have Mousavi arrested.

Tehran Bureau posts Mousavi's Letter to the people:

In the Name of God

Honorable people of Iran

The reported results of the 10th Iranians residential Election are appalling. The people who witnessed the mixture of votes in long lineups know who they have voted for and observe the wizardry of I.R.I.B (State run TV and Radio) and election officials. Now more than ever before they want to know how and by which officials this game plan has been designed. I object fully to the current procedures and obvious and abundant deviations from law on the day of election and alert people to not surrender to this dangerous plot. Dishonesty and corruption of officials as we have seen will only result in weakening the pillars of the Islamic Republic of Iran and empowers lies and dictatorships.

I am obliged, due to my religious and national duties, to expose this dangerous plot and to explain its devastating effects on the future of Iran. I am concerned that the continuation of the current situation will transform all key members of this regime into fabulists in confrontation with the nation and seriously jeopardize them in this world and the next.

I advise all officials to halt this agenda at once before it is too late, return to the rule of law and protect the nation’s vote and know that deviation from law renders them illegitimate. They are aware better than anyone else that this country has been through a grand Islamic revolution and the least message of this revolution is that our nation is alert and will oppose anyone who aims to seize the power against the law.

I use this chance to honor the emotions of the nation of Iran and remind them that Iran, this sacred being, belongs to them and not to the fraudulent. It is you who should stay alert. The traitors to the nation’s vote have no fear if this house of Persians burns in flames. We will continue with our green wave of rationality that is inspired by our religious learnings and our love for prophet Mohammad and will confront the rampage of lies that has appeared and marked the image of our nation. However we will not allow our movement to become blind one.

I thank every citizen who took part in spreading this green message by becoming a campaigner and all official and self organized campaigns, I insist that their presence is essential until we achieve results deserving of our country.

[ verse from in Quran: Why not trust in God, who has shown us our ways. We are patient in face of what disturbs us. Our resilience is in god. ]

Mir Hossein Mousavi

Hot Air provides an email from a reader:

My next door neighbor is an Iranian immigrant who came here in 1977. He just received a SAT phone call from his brother in Tehran who reports that the rooftops of nighttime Tehran are filled with people shouting ‘Allah O Akbar’ in protest of the government and election results. The last time he remembers this happening is in 1979 during the Revolution. Says the sound of tens of thousands on the rooftops is deafening right now.’ It’s almost four in the morning in Iran.”

Memeorandum shows the blogosphere abuzz with news.

Fox News has more about further arrests:

More than 100 reformists, including the brother of former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami, were arrested Saturday night, leading reformist Mohammad Ali Abtahi told Reuters.

"They were taken from their homes last night," former vice president Abtahi said.

Authorities released the former president's brother, Mohammad Reza Khatami, on Sunday, his wife said. She said at least two other top leaders of Iran's largest reformist party, including the party's secretary-general, were also released early Sunday, but that others remained in custody.

Additional arrests were expected.

Iranian officials, however, disputed the claims and said the reformists were merely summoned and "warned not to increase tension."

Some news agencies are reporting that things are starting to settle down in Iran and the International Campaign for Human Rights In Iran insisting the world at large should "Withhold Recognition of Iranian Presidential Election Results."

More on the ramifications of this election from The Telegraph.


Iranian Protesters Chants 'Death To The Government'

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