Saturday, June 13, 2009

Regime Change Begins Here

A woman supporter of Iran's moderate presidential candidate Mirhossein Mousavi shows stones used for throwing during clashes with police in Tehran June 13, 2009. Thousands of people clashed with police on Saturday after the disputed election victory of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sparked the biggest protests in Tehran since the 1979 Islamic revolution.
Reuters



A supporter of Iran's moderate presidential candidate Mirhossein Mousavi holds a piece of paper that reads "We write Mousavi, they read Ahmadinejad" during post-election unrest in Tehran June 13, 2009. Thousands of people clashed with police on Saturday after the disputed election victory of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sparked the biggest protests in Tehran since the 1979 Islamic revolution.
Reuters


Photos Hat tip: Rotten Gods

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From View from Iran, "Why We Were (Not) Naive":
We woke up to two messages: one from a friend who is 100% against participating in Iran's elections, and one from someone who is an Ahmadinejad supporter. You can imagine the glee they felt telling us "I told you so."

They did not tell us anything.

The fact is, there are vote counters out there who know very well exactly how we and millions of other Iranians voted. They know, and it terrifies them. If we had not participated, we would not have been able to send that message at all.

If you voted please do not kick yourself for being "naive." (BTW, Now readers know why I posted "Thanks for Voting" before the elections.)



From the "Thanks for Voting" post:

My Iranian Facebook friends have all turned green. I don’t know if they are recycling or conserving energy, what I do know is that they have put a green overlay on their profile images in response to Mir-Hossein Mousavi’s green campaign for president of Iran.

Do you think we should vote? An old friend texted me this morning.

Are you kidding me? I texted back. In the election four years ago, this same old friend tried to encourage friends, family, and strangers to vote for the Reformist candidate Moein despite calls for a boycott. “Do you think America or some other superpower is going to save us? No. We have to vote. It’s the only thing we can do.” In the end, he influenced a couple of people, but could not even get his own family to the polls.

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2 Comments:

Blogger Z said...

Germany's reporting there were 57 mill ballots printed with only 47 mill voters.
IRANIAN ACORN

Saturday, June 13, 2009 10:58:00 PM  
Blogger Dave Miller said...

It will be interesting to see if this will indeed be like the Philippines and bring real change, or in the end, be crushed like so many tries at democracy in the old Soviet Bloc.

Z... I am not aware of one credible charge that there was any fraud even hinted at on election day.

There most certainly were some voter registration issues before the election, but I believe those were uncovered and that both sides, including the GOP, acknowledge that Barack Obama won the election fair and square.

Sunday, June 14, 2009 5:43:00 AM  

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