Iran – Recent Events – More Protests, More Killings, More Upheaval

From a blogger who meticulously collected different Tweets from reliable sources and summarized them in Anonymous Iran, Green Brief #31:

Protests / Unrest

1. Hashemi Rafsanjani’s Friday prayers speech was accompanied today by large protests across Tehran and in many other parts of Iran. His sermon was not live-broadcasted on Iranian TVs, but one IRIB radio station did broadcast it (Here’s a PARTIAL translation of his speech: Rafsanjani’s Friday Prayer Sermon – Why We Protest – IRAN).

2. Many top Iranian pro-reform politicians were present during the Friday sermons including Mir Hossein Mousavi, Mahdi Karroubi and Abdollah Nouri. Mousavi’s wife, Zahra Rahnavard, and Rafsanjani’s wife and two daughters also joined the prayers today.

3. Karroubi was assaulted in front of Tehran University as he tried to enter the compound to join the prayers. Nouri – a former minister during Khatami and Rafsanjani’s presidency and a much respected reformist who’s derided by the conservatives – was also insulted and attacked by Basijis as he was making his way towards Tehran University. Reformist former president Mohammad Khatami was not seen attending the prayers. Conservative politicians largely stayed away from the prayers.

4. In his sermon/speech, Rafsanjani asked the government to release all prisoners, all sides of the political debate to sit together and discuss the issues, the government and security forces to follow the law when dealing with protesters, for an end to media censorship and said that the Guardian Council had missed a chance to restore people’s trust.

5. Rafsanjani’s speech at Tehran University was attended by thousands of people – many of them protesters who wore green bands on their heads or around their wrists. Thousands of people gathered outside the University while hundreds of thousands marched across other areas of Tehran even while the speech/sermon was being delivered.

6. Protesters inside the mosque chanted “Allah o Akbar”, “Azadi… Azadi” (Freedom… Freedom) and slogans against Russia and China. Rafsanjani tried several times to stop people from chanting but the chants continued sporadically. It is worth mentioning that there was a loudspeaker inside the mosque which chanted, “Death to America!”, but every time that slogan was heard, people loudly replied with, “Death to Russia, Death to China!”

7. How many people may have gathered in Tehran is very difficult to determine. While tweet sources claimed up to four million people were out on the streets, the real numbers were probably much lower. From photos and video footage that was released and testimonies from reliable tweet sources, one could assume that there were close to a million people or slightly more than a million took part in the protests. Again, this is just an estimate.

6. By far the largest part of the crowd headed from Tehran University to Azadi Square. Streets around the University were crowded with protesters. There were a few hundred pro-Ahmadinejad and pro-Khamenei protesters out too. Many held placards with Ahmadinejad and Khamenei’s pictures. They also staged a march towards Azadi Square.

7. Thousands of people gathered around the Ministry of Interior, the IRIB building and in front of Evin Prison. Large numbers of protesters were present in Keshavarz Boulevard, Enghelab Square, Valiasr, Jamhori Blvd, Ferdowsi Square and Quds Ave and well as 16 Azar Ave. Protesters chanted “Death to the Dictator” “Where’s My Vote?” and similar slogans.

8. Cell phone Networks were cut off in most parts of Central Tehran and in areas where protesters had gathered elsewhere. IRIB photographers and cameramen were filming individual protesters from within the crowds and from high-rise buildings. The task was made difficult because there protests in all parts of Tehran, not just the centre of city.

9. Basijis and other security forces today brutalized protesters once again. At least two people were shot and one girl was reportedly killed during the protests. Basijis used batons to beat people – even small children and women were not spared. Many women were reportedly stabbed with knives by Basijis dressed as women. Several mosques around the city were packed with Basijis waiting to come out and clash with protesters.

10. Heavy clashes were reported from around the IRIB building, Jame Jam Street, Keshavarz Blvd, Amirabad Street, University of Tehran dorms, Ferdowsi Square, Jomhoori Street, Azadi Street and almost all parts of Central Tehran as well as in front of Tehran University where clashes were the heaviest. Gunshots were heard from many parts of the city, especially Azadi Square. Basijis even attacked people who had come to prayers.

11. More than a hundred people were arrested from Tehran today, a large majority from the central part of the city. Tear gas was used extensively in many parts of the city by Basijis and other security forces. There were also reports that many Basijis were carrying taserguns and used them on many protesters. Military helicopters were flying around the city for much of the day. Many shop-keepers and people with homes close to the protests opened their doors for protesters running away from security forces. Cars driving past protests honked their horns in a show of support for protesters. Protests continued till about midnight Tehran time.

12. Today, there were also reports of protests in Karaj, Ghazvin, Mashhad and Tabriz. In Mashhad, hundreds of people walked the streets with green placards. It has been partially confirmed that Basijis used tear gas to disperse protesters in Mashhad and many people were injured. A small rally was held in Qom as well.

13. During Ahmadinejad’s speech in Mashhad yesterday, it has been confirmed that many people chanted Allah o Akbar and many people there to hear the speech wore green armbands and headbands.

Opposition

14. The Participation Front issued a statement today, thanking the Sea of Green for participating in rallies on Friday. The statement also added that the people responsible for the coupe d’état against the people would eventually lose the battle against the will of the people.

15. Reports indicate that Said Mohammad Khatami and Abdullah Nouri held a meeting on Tuesday last week to discuss the current situation in the country. It is being reported that Nouri has joined the opposition to the elections by urging of Khatami.

Government / International

16. President-Select Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has appointed several members of his cabinet so far, but the full list of cabinet members will be released after his inauguration. Among the appointees, Asfandyar Rahim Mashaie has been appointed to the post of first vice president. He also appointed a new chief for the Iranian nuclear agency.

17. Iran Intelligence Minister Gholamhosein Ejaie claimed today that Israel as one of the enemies of the Islamic Republic had been responsible for much interference in Iran’s affairs. Ejaie also added that the Israeli government had plotted to assassinate Ahmadinejad during the elections. (For once…)

Arrests / Release / Deaths

18. New reports indicate that at least 36 officers of the Iranian Army have been arrested for participating in Kamyl prayers for detainees and martyrs. They were arrested in Ray city close to Tehran on charges of holding secret meetings and activities pertaining to sabotage.

19. Shadi Sadr – an Iranian lawyer, feminist and journalist – was beaten and arrested while making her way towards the prayers today in Tehran. Later, her house was thoroughly searched by security forces. Her whereabouts are unknown at this point. New reports indicate that yesterday, Roshanak Siyasi – another feminist and reformist activist – was arrested as well. Other detainees from recent days include Ahmad Madadi, Raoof Taheri and Reza Abbasi from Zanjan.

20. An advisor to Mousavi has announced that a committee formed by reformists to follow cases of detainees will start operations from Saturday. Families of detainees can contact their office on this phone number: 77637696

21. I can now confirm the gang rape and death of Taraneh Mousavi. She was a leftist reformist student and was detained by Basijis a few days ago. She was raped repeatedly and her charred body was found in Ghazvin two days ago. Another detainee reportedly died on July 9. The cause of death cannot be ascertained at this point.

Media

22. IRIB censored many of Rafsanjani’s pro-reform remarks and instead focuses all of its attention on his words for unity. Fars News claimed that people were whistling and clapping while Rafsanjani was giving the sermon. IRIB also failed to mention people chanting against China and Russia.

*A lot of questions regarding Bernard Kouchner’s statement that France would recognize Ahmadinejad yesterday were answered by a responsible French citizen who provided us with valuable analysis of what actually happened: What Bernard Kouchner REALLY said about Iran – Why We Protest – IRAN)

**This picture is old, but I figured I’ll post it for anyone who hasn’t seen it. It shows how the Iranian government photoshopped a pro-Ahmadinejad protest a few weeks ago to make it look larger than it was: http://tinyurl.com/lkqscu — Courtesy of an Israeli friend)

***A hearty thanks to Sahar joon for helping me out with proof-reading and very valuable tips. Also, a BIG THANKS to all the translators who’re spending their precious time on getting this to as many people as possible.

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Iran – Split Amongst High Ranking Clerics Intensifies

The New York Times reports Clerical Leaders Defy Ayatollah on Iran Election:

An important group of religious leaders in Iran called the disputed presidential election and the new government illegitimate on Saturday, an act of defiance against the country’s supreme leader and the most public sign of a major split in the country’s clerical establishment.

A statement by the group, the Association of Researchers and Teachers of Qum, represents a significant, if so far symbolic, setback for the government and especially the authority of the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, whose word is supposed to be final. The government has tried to paint the opposition and its top presidential candidate, Mir Hussein Moussavi, as criminals and traitors, a strategy that now becomes more difficult.

“This crack in the clerical establishment, and the fact they are siding with the people and Moussavi, in my view is the most historic crack in the 30 years of the Islamic republic,” said Abbas Milani, director of the Iranian Studies Program at Stanford University. “Remember, they are going against an election verified and sanctified by Khamenei.”

The announcement came on a day when Mr. Moussavi released documents detailing a campaign of fraud by the current president’s supporters, and as a close associate of the supreme leader called Mr. Moussavi and former President Mohammad Khatami “foreign agents,” saying they should be treated as criminals.

The documents, published on Mr. Moussavi’s Web site, accused supporters of the president of printing more than 20 million extra ballots before the vote and handing out cash bonuses to voters.

Since the election, the bulk of the clerical establishment in the holy city of Qum, an important religious and political center of power, has remained largely silent, leaving many to wonder when, or if, the nation’s senior religious leaders would jump into the controversy that has posed the most significant challenge to the country’s leadership since the Islamic Revolution.

With its statement Saturday, the association of clerics came down squarely on the side of the reform movement.

The group had earlier asked for the election to be nullified because so many Iranians objected to the results, but it never directly challenged the legitimacy of the government and, by extension, the supreme leader.

The earlier statement also came before the election was certified by the country’s religious leaders, who have since said that opposition to the results must cease.

The clerics’ decision to speak up again is not itself a turning point and could fizzle under pressure from the state, which has continued to threaten its critics. Some seminaries in Qum rely on the government for funds, and Ayatollah Khamenei and the man he has declared the winner of the election, incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, have powerful backers there.

They also retain the support of the powerful security forces and the elite Revolutionary Guards. In addition, the country’s highest-ranking clerics have yet to speak out individually against the election results.

But the association’s latest statement does help Mr. Moussavi, Mr. Khatami and a former speaker of Parliament, Mehdi Karroubi, who have been the most vocal in calling the election illegitimate and who, in their attempts to force change, have been hindered by the jailing of influential backers.

“The significance is that even within the clergy, there are many who refuse to recognize the legitimacy of the election results as announced by the supreme leader,” said an Iranian political analyst who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisal.

While the government could continue vilifying the three opposition leaders, analysts say it was highly unlikely that the leadership would use the same tactic against the clerical establishment in Qum.

The backing also came at a sensitive time for Mr. Moussavi, because the accusations that he is a foreign agent ran in a newspaper, Kayhan, that has often been used to build cases against critics of the government.

The editorial was written by Hossein Shariatmadari, who was picked by the supreme leader to run the newspaper.

The clerics’ statement chastised the leadership for failing to adequately study complaints of vote rigging and lashed out at the use of force in crushing huge public protests.

It even directly criticized the Guardian Council, the powerful group of clerics charged with certifying elections.

“Is it possible to consider the results of the election as legitimate by merely the validation of the Guardian Council?” the association said.

Perhaps more threatening to the supreme leader, the committee called on other clerics to join the fight against the government’s refusal to adequately reconsider the charges of voter fraud. The committee invoked powerful imagery, comparing the 20 protesters killed during demonstrations with the martyrs who died in the early days of the revolution and the war with Iraq, asking other clerics to save what it called “the dignity that was earned with the blood of tens of thousands of martyrs.”

The statement was posted on the association’s Web site late Saturday and carried on many other sites, including the Persian BBC, but it was impossible to reach senior clerics in the group to independently confirm its veracity.

The statement was issued after a meeting Mr. Moussavi had with the committee 10 days ago and a decision by the Guardian Council to certify the election and declare that all matters concerning the vote were closed.

But the defiance has not ended.

With heavy security on the streets, there is a forced calm. But each day, slowly, another link falls from the chain of government control. Last week, in what appeared a coordinated thrust, Mr. Moussavi, Mr. Karroubi and Mr. Khatami all called the new government illegitimate. On Saturday, Mr. Milani of Stanford said, former President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani met with families of those who had been arrested, another sign that he was working behind the scenes to keep the issue alive.

“I don’t ever remember in the 20 years of Khamenei’s rule where he was clearly and categorically on one side and so many clergy were on the other side,” Mr. Milani said. “This might embolden other clergy to come forward.”

Many of the accusations of fraud posted on Mr. Moussavi’s Web site Saturday had been published before, but the report did give some more specific charges.

For instance, although the government had announced that two of the losing presidential contenders had received relatively few votes in their hometowns, the documents stated that some ballot boxes in those towns contained no votes for the two men.

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Ayatollah Khamenei’s Speech

The supreme leader in Iran, Ayatollah Khamenei, gave the following speech today:

[01:26] (Ayatollah Khamanei) Remember god,

[01:28] (A. K.) Iran has gone through a lot since the revolution

[01:28] (A. K.) Any of them could have put us in turmoil

[01:28] (A. K.) Even from our neighbors

[01:31] (A. K.) (Allah o Amber)

[01:33] (A. K.) Our youth are in a materialistic world

[01:33] (A. K.) In a time of turmoil

[01:33] (A. K.) They don’t know what to do,

[01:33] (A. K.) They need to understand spirituality,

[01:34] (A. K.) They need to get back to spirituality,

[01:34] (A. K.) But they don’t know how,

[01:34] (A. K.) It’s been two centuries since the west has destroyed cultures,

[01:34] (A. K.) But our nation wants to regain that spirituality back.

[01:34] (A. K.) So that the revolution can be regained.

[01:36] (A. K.) I swear to the holy Imams,

[01:36] (A. K.) I ask you O god give us more faith

[01:36] (A. K.) O God, I ask you to give us a calm and peaceful heart

[01:37] (A. K.) O god, these oppressed people, give triumph over the enemy.

[01:37] (A. K.) Protect them,

[01:37] (A. K.) O god we do everything for you and only for you,

[01:37] (A. K.) O God take our Salams and greetings to Mahdi (the hidden Imam)

[01:38] (A. K.) (Praying in Arabic)

[01:39] (A. K.) I would like to say to our dear brothers and sisters,

[01:40] (A. K.) I would like to speak about the issue of the election which is the important issue in our country

[01:40] (A. K.) I have three issues to talk about,

[01:40] (A. K.) In three different parts

[01:40] (A. K.) I do have some things to tell the people.

[01:40] (A. K.) One issue will be for the political members of the politicians,

[01:41] (A. K.) I would like to also talk to the western countries,

[01:41] (A. K.) And the leaders of their media

[01:41] (A. K.) First issue is for the people,

[01:41] (A. K.) I will only thank you,

[01:41] (A. K.) I don’t like to talk too much,

[01:41] (A. K.) I don’t like to use nice arguments only

[01:42] (A. K.) Even if I do exaggerate, it won’t be enough to say what i have to say,

[01:42] (A. K.) The elections of June 12 was a fulfillment of the nation’s responsibility

[01:42] (A. K.) It was a proof of participation of the people that was a show of the love towards their system

[01:43] (A. K.) It is similar but better than the democracies in other countries,

[01:43] (A. K.) BUT

[01:43] (A. K.) Those countries don’t have a democracy as good as ours.

[01:43] (A. K.) The constitution of 1988

[01:44] (A. K.) This is the largest number of people that have taken part in an election in Iran since the founding of the republic

[01:44] (A. K.) And the passing of the constitution,

[01:44] (A. K.) I would like to deeply thank you

[01:45] (A. K.) The youngsters in our country showed especially,

[01:45] (A. K.) that they are partaking in the political process since the beginning of the revolution.

[01:46] (A. K.) Now we’ll see the same responsibilities from them that we saw during the Iraqi Aggression War

[01:46] (A. K.) As for elections some people want one person others want someone else

[01:46] (A. K.) This is natural

[01:46] (A. K.) We saw everyone, men women, the young and the old,

[01:47] (A. K.) People participating from all over the country to make this a success,

[01:47] (A. K.) This election is a political defeat for your enemies,

[01:47] (A. K.) For your friends all over the world a celebration.

[01:47] (A. K.) A historic one,

[01:47] (A. K.) People are showing love and loyalty for their Imam and martyrs

[01:47] (A. K.) And for the system

[01:48] (A. K.) This election was a religious democratic event

[01:48] (A. K.) everyone saw it

[01:48] (A. K.) It was a showing against the dictators and oppressive regime

[01:49] (A. K.) And FOR a show of support for the religion and system.

[01:49] (A. K.) We can see the results of the exams

[01:49] (A. K.) Also another point about the election

[01:49] (A. K.) The election of June 12 showed that people with beliefs and hopes and joys is living in this country.

[01:49] (A. K.) The enemies are using it,

[01:50] (A. K.) If our young didn’t have any hope,

[01:50] (A. K.) They wouldn’t partake in the election

[01:50] (A. K.) If they didn’t feel freedom, they wouldn’t vote.

[01:50] (A. K.) Faith in the system has been shown by the massive participation.

[01:50] (A. K.) The enemies target the belief and trust of people on that system

[01:51] (A. K.) This trust is the biggest investment of the Islamic republic

[01:51] (A. K.) They wanted to take it from us

[01:51] (A. K.) They want it to shake our trust in this system

[01:51] (A. K.) The enemies of the people of Iran will succeed when people won’t participate.

[01:51] (A. K.) The system will be questioned.

[01:51] (A. K.) Only when no one partakes in it.

[01:52] (A. K.) We couldn’t compare that to anything that happens.

[01:52] (A. K.) The enemy wants to make people believe that they have been fooled

[01:52] (A. K.) It started 3 months ago.

[01:53] (A. K.) I have been hearing enemies saying repeatedly that the elections will be fraudulent.

[01:53] (A. K.) They had been preparing months in advance

[01:53] (A. K.) This 30 year old system has not come about without sacrifices and hard work.

[01:53] (A. K.) And people have a firm belief in it.

[01:54] (A. K.) But the enemies want to shake that very belief.

[01:54] (A. K.) The third point is,

[01:54] (A. K.) These rivalries, between different candidates were transparent.

[01:54] (A. K.) They were clean and clear cut.

[01:55] (A. K.) And transparent

[01:55] (A. K.) The enemies are trying through their media – which is controlled by dirty Zionists.

[01:57] (A. K.) The Zionist, American and British radio are all trying to say that there was a competition between those who support and those who didn’t support the state

[01:57] (A. K.) Everyone supported the state

[01:58] (A. K.) I know everything about these candidates

[01:58] (A. K.) I have worked with them.

[01:58] (A. K.) I know all of them

[01:58] (A. K.) I don’t believe in everything that they say

[01:58] (A. K.) some of their views and practices can be criticized

[01:58] (A. K.) I believe that some of them are better in serving the country

[01:58] (A. K.) BUT the people have to make the choice.

[01:58] (A. K.) It’s not my will

[01:58] (A. K.) My choice wasn’t told to people,

[01:59] (A. K.) And they were not asked to follow my views either

[01:59] (A. K.) They decided on their own who to follow

[01:59] (A. K.) So this is a competition within the state

[01:59] (A. K.) It is not acceptable to change the appearance of the issue

[01:59] (A. K.) this is evil if someone does that

[01:59] (A. K.) there is no fight between people and state

[01:59] (A. K.) No revolutionaries and anti-revolutionaries

[01:59] (A. K.) This is between the state parties

[01:59] (A. K.) people voted for these people with belief in the state

[02:00] (A. K.) they came to the understanding that will be better for the state

[02:00] (A. K.) then voted

[02:00] (A. K.) These competitions and debates were very interesting.

[02:00] (A. K.) It was very transparent

[02:00] (A. K.) It was a blow in the face of those who say that this competition is just a formality

[02:01] (A. K.) Forgetting that the candidates actually sat and talked.

[02:01] (A. K.) positive aspect of the debates was that during the debate and TV conversation everyone spoke explicitly and openly

[02:01] (A. K.) saying what they believed

[02:01] (A. K.) Then some criticized the candidates

[02:01] (A. K.) They had to respond to the criticism

[02:01] (A. K.) They began to defend themselves

[02:02] (A. K.) The positions and stances taken by people and groups were presented without any ambiguity

[02:02] (A. K.) So people could hear what every candidate had to say

[02:02] (A. K.) So that people could see all of this

[02:02] (A. K.) So people could judge them all accordingly

[02:02] (A. K.) People felt that in the Islamic state, they are not stranger

[02:02] (A. K.) We don’t have US and THEM

[02:02] (A. K.) Everything was open and transparent before the people

[02:02] (A. K.) Everything was presented clearly

[02:03] (A. K.) It became clear that people’s vote would rely based on the same judgments

[02:03] (A. K.) People wanted to make their choices willingly

[02:03] (A. K.) And according to their own tastes

[02:03] (A. K.) Thus, the number of votes increased

[02:03] (A. K.) People were able to have a better understanding of the views of the candidate

[02:03] (A. K.) they were able to decide better

[02:03] (A. K.) the debates were even extended to the streets and homes

[02:03] (A. K.) So this added to the power of choice of the people

[02:04] (A. K.) Such debates will strengthen the minds

[02:04] (A. K.) to Help make better choices

[02:04] (A. K.) BUT

[02:04] (A. K.) They shouldn’t get to a point where they lead to major differences

[02:04] (A. K.) Otherwise adverse effects follow

[02:04] (A. K.) It would be good to be kept to the extent to which it existed during campaign

[02:04] (A. K.) If it leads further, it will cause problems

[02:05] (A. K.) it will be better to have such debates at the administrative level

[02:05] (A. K.) We should carry these debates

[02:05] (A. K.) to the administrative level

[02:05] (A. K.) They should describe their policies

[02:05] (A. K.) Defend themselves against criticism

[02:05] (A. K.) People will have a chance to do that,

[02:05] (A. K.) But we should try to overcome the negative aspects

[02:06] (A. K.) Criticisms will be heard during the four years of a president’s term

[02:06] (A. K.) We should try to address the negative aspects

[02:06] (A. K.) We could see that people became irrational and emotional sometimes.

[02:06] (A. K.) They tried to destroy the other side sometimes

[02:07] (A. K.) Even we saw that the practice of the past was being questioned.

[02:07] (A. K.) rumors were mentioned

[02:07] (A. K.) accusations were leveled

[02:07] (A. K.) Some statements made were not fair

[02:07] (A. K.) government and governments of the past were criticized in an unfair manner

[02:07] (A. K.) the entire 30 years were criticized unfairly

[02:07] (A. K.) people became emotional

[02:07] (A. K.) they said some unpleasant and unacceptable things

[02:07] (A. K.) I watched the debates on TV

[02:08] (A. K.) I enjoyed freedom of speech

[02:08] (A. K.) (YEAH FUCK YOU!)

[02:08] (A. K.) i was happy that Islamic republic was there to help people make this choice

[02:08] (A. K.) YET

[02:08] (A. K.) the negative aspects made me unhappy

[02:08] (A. K.) for their supporters this was also not good and they were disturbed by the unfair criticism

[02:08] (A. K.) We saw this on both sides

[02:09] (A. K.) In this Friday prayer sermon

[02:09] (A. K.) I should mention of the realities of both sides

[02:09] (A. K.) both sides can be criticized for such negative aspects of behavior

[02:09] (A. K.) ON the one side, the president was insulted,

[02:09] (A. K.) EVEN BEFORE the debates, 2, 3 months ago,

[02:09] (A. K.) I used to see insulting statements against him,

[02:09] (A. K.) Accusations were leveled against the president

[02:09] (A. K.) against the legal president

[02:09] (A. K.) he was wrongly accused

[02:10] (A. K.) the president who is trusted by people was accused of lying

[02:10] (A. K.) Are these good?

[02:10] (A. K.) Fake records were made and then distributed around the country

[02:10] (A. K.) we were aware of the situation

[02:10] (A. K.) we knew what was published was not true

[02:10] (A. K.) they insulted the president

[02:10] (A. K.) said he was superstitious

[02:10] (A. K.) they falsely accused the president by such words

[02:10] (A. K.) so they trampled over ethics and fairness [02:10] (A. K.) on the other hand,

[02:11] (A. K.) Similar things were done against the outstanding record of the Islamic Republic

[02:11] (A. K.) Some important figures of the state were mentioned

[02:11] (A. K.) People who have spent their lives for the state

[02:11] (A. K.) I have never have mentioned names during prayers on Friday before but I have to now

[02:11] (A. K.) Rafsanjani and Nateq Noori’s names have been mentioned

[02:11] (A. K.) These gentlemen have not been accused of financial misdoings

[02:12] (A. K.) But their relatives.

[02:12] (A. K.) If you have anything against them, prove them legally through the courts

[02:12] (A. K.) Unless it is proven, no one can be accused.

[02:13] (A. K.) I have known Rafsanjani for a long time

[02:13] (A. K.) he is one of the most prominent members of this revolution

[02:13] (A. K.) he was one of the major fighters before the revolution

[02:13] (A. K.) after the victory,

[02:13] (A. K.) he was one the most influential members of the Islamic state

[02:13] (A. K.) still is

[02:13] (A. K.) he walked with the Imam

[02:13] (A. K.) Still walking with him

[02:13] (A. K.) he was almost martyred several times

[02:14] (A. K.) he spent all his money on the revolution,

[02:14] (A. K.) they young people should know about this fact

[02:14] (A. K.) he has had many responsibilities now

[02:14] (A. K.) president, leader of parliament

[02:14] (A. K.) he has not made money out of the revolution for himself.

[02:16] (A. K.) Same with Mr. Nateq Noori

[02:16] (A. K.) he has also served this revolution

[02:16] (A. K.) He has rendered great services

[02:16] (A. K.) there is no doubt about it

[02:17] (A. K.) but the live TV debates are good

[02:17] (A. K.) but these shortcomings should be removed

[02:17] (A. K.) after the debates I talked to the president and warned him

[02:17] (A. K.) he said he will listen to me.

[02:17] (A. K.) the admin has a clear stance on corruption

[02:17] (A. K.) It should be fought anywhere it is found

[02:18] (A. K.) Yes there is corruption within our system.

[02:18] (A. K.) YES there are people who are corrupt.

[02:18] (A. K.) But at the same time,

[02:18] (A. K.) It is one of the one of the healthiest system in the world as well

[02:19] (A. K.) but then accusing the government of corruption because of Zionist reports is not the right thing

[02:19] (A. K.) questioning the credibility of the government is not corrects either.

[02:19] (A. K.) Everyone is obliged to fight corruption.

[02:19] (A. K.) If it is not brought under control, it will spread like it has in some western countries

[02:19] (A. K.) They are up to their ears in this corruption

[02:20] (A. K.) this is part of their scandal

[02:20] (A. K.) it goes way beyond than it is publicized

[02:20] (A. K.) Let me talk to people

[02:20] (A. K.) To make this absolute victory a failure,

[02:20] (A. K.) is some people’s goal

[02:20] (A. K.) To not let you enjoy

[02:20] (A. K.) to not let the world register the highest rate of turn out

[02:20] (A. K.) but it has been registered

[02:21] (A. K.) The highest rate of turn out has been registered in your name

[02:21] (A. K.) The race has ended

[02:21] (A. K.) whoever has voted for these candidates will receive divine reward.

[02:21] (A. K.) they all belong to the state

[02:21] (A. K.) they have gotten closer to god by voting, they have

[02:22] (A. K.) there were 40 million votes for the revolution,

[02:22] (A. K.) not just 24 million for the winner

[02:22] (A. K.) The people have trust

[02:22] (A. K.) Their votes will not go in vain by the people.

[02:22] (A. K.) The legal mechanism in our country won’t allow any cheating.

[02:23] (A. K.) Those are involved in the election process are aware of this fact

[02:23] (A. K.) Especially if there is an 11 million votes difference

[02:23] (A. K.) If it were little than that, we would say there’s doubts,

[02:23] (A. K.) but how can 11 million votes be replaced or changed?

[02:23] (A. K.) At the same time

[02:24] (A. K.) I said this and the guardian council believes that whoever has doubts can present proof to the legal channels.

[02:24] (A. K.) I will not accept any illegal initiative.

[02:24] * A. K. is now known as A. K.

[02:24] (A. K.) Today,

[02:24] (A. K.) If the laws are broken today,

[02:24] (A. K.) No election will be immune in the future

[02:25] (A. K.) in every election,

[02:25] (A. K.) there are losers and winners

[02:25] (A. K.) no other election will ever be trusted if you take other avenues.

[02:25] (A. K.) thus, all legal procedures should be observed

[02:25] (A. K.) If there are any doubts, the issue should be followed by legal procedures

[02:25] (A. K.) we have laws

[02:25] (A. K.) the candidate’s representatives had the right to inspect the ballot stations

[02:26] (A. K.) And to make complaints

[02:26] (A. K.) through the legal procedure

[02:26] (A. K.) If they have doubt, it should be recounted – the individual ballot boxes.

[02:26] (A. K.) Today is a very sensitive moment in our country

[02:26] (A. K.) look at the Middle East

[02:26] (A. K.) look at the economic situation in the world

[02:26] (A. K.) look at Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan

[02:27] (A. K.) VERY sensitive juncture in history, we are in.

[02:27] (A. K.) we should be careful to not make mistakes

[02:27] (A. K.) the voters’ duty was to take part in the elections in the best possible manner

[02:27] (A. K.) but we have a bigger responsibility

[02:28] (A. K.) political party leaders should be very careful about what they say and do

[02:28] (A. K.) if they do anything extremist, their radical moves will moves will take them to where it won’t be solvable

[02:28] (A. K.) we’ve seen this happen before

[02:28] (A. K.) when extremism is forced upon a society, it leads to another one

[02:28] (A. K.) if political elite want to fix someone at the cost of another thing

[02:29] (A. K.) to BREAK the law

[02:29] (A. K.) they would be responsible for the bloodshed

[02:29] (A. K.) And any form of unrest

[02:29] (A. K.) I would like to advise all these gentlemen,

[02:29] (A. K.) All my brothers and friends

[02:29] (A. K.) Just observe the hands of the enemy

[02:29] (A. K.) They are hungry wolves

[02:30] (A. K.) ambushing and removing the diplomacy cover from their faces

[02:30] (A. K.) Don’t underestimate them.

[02:30] (A. K.) I will tell you,

[02:30] (A. K.) diplomats of other countries in the past few days have taken away their masks and showing their true image

[02:30] (A. K.) The most evil of them all is the British Government.

[02:31] (A. K.) I should tell these brothers,

[02:31] (A. K.) you are responsible before god

[02:31] (A. K.) you will be asked questions

[02:31] (A. K.) remember the last will and testament of the late imam

[02:31] (A. K.) the law determines what should be done

[02:31] (A. K.) elections are held so that any difference should be settled at the ballot box

[02:31] (A. K.) it should become clear there.

[02:31] (A. K.) what people want and what they don’t want

[02:32] (A. K.) not on the streets

[02:32] (A. K.) if after every election those who haven’t gotten votes start to have street camps and invite their followers to come to the streets,

[02:32] (A. K.) And the winners’ followers take their followers to the streets,

[02:32] (A. K.) Then why did we hold elections to begin with?

[02:33] (A. K.) what have the people done wrong?

[02:33] (A. K.) They live on these streets

[02:33] (A. K.) That we want to show them we can do such things

[02:33] (A. K.) For terrorists it is different

[02:33] (A. K.) infiltrating terrorist will hide behind these people.

[02:34] (A. K.) if you make covers for them, then who’s responsible?

[02:34] (A. K.) people have been killed from ordinary people and the Baseej

[02:34] (A. K.) Who’s responsible?

[02:34] (A. K.) The issues is that some people have killed Baseeji forces and killed other people,

[02:34] (A. K.) who should address this issue?

[02:34] (A. K.) Who should react?

[02:34] (A. K.) attack at universities,

[02:34] (A. K.) Good students were beaten up

[02:34] (A. K.) not the ones who were involved in riots.

[02:35] (A. K.) then they chant slogans of supporting the leader.

[02:35] (A. K.) Then you become unhappy and your heart is hurt to see all this.

[02:35] (A. K.) street wrestling is not acceptable after the elections

[02:35] (A. K.) this is challenging democracy and election

[02:35] (A. K.) I want both sides to put an end to this

[02:36] (A. K.) then the responsibility of the consequences should be shouldered by those who aren’t putting an end to it.

[02:36] (A. K.) by thinking that by turning out onto the streets that you can pressure the officials your demands is wrong.

[02:37] (A. K.) first of all.

[02:37] (A. K.) it will not be acceptable to submit to illegal demands

[02:37] (A. K.) this would be the start of dictatorship.

[02:37] (A. K.) This is a miscalculation,

[02:38] (A. K.) If there are any consequences, they would directly affect the leaders behind the scene

[02:38] (A. K.) the people would know them in due time as well.

[02:38] (A. K.) I call on all these dear friends, brothers and sister to observe the law

[02:38] (A. K.) to follow the legal code

[02:38] (A. K.) the law welcomes you

[02:38] (A. K.) legal channels are there for you

[02:39] (A. K.) i hope that almighty god will help us all to follow the legal channels.

[02:39] (A. K.) don’t allow the enemies to destroy and ruin the celebration of our elections.

[02:39] (A. K.) If there are people who choose other paths, I will come and talk to people even more exclusively.

[02:40] (A. K.) now, third

[02:40] (A. K.) I want to talk to the media leaders and leaders

[02:40] (A. K.) I have witnessed the statements of American and EU countries’ leaders and listening to them.

[02:40] (A. K.) I have monitored their actions and reactions in the past few weeks,

[02:40] (A. K.) Before and after the elections,

[02:40] (A. K.) Their behavior was different

[02:41] (A. K.) First, before the elections, their media orientation and their statements made was they wanted to

Cast out the hearts of the people a feeling that the election was useless to cut the turn out,

[02:41] (A. K.) They could guess the results,

[02:41] (A. K.) but they never expected 85%

[02:41] (A. K.) 40 million voted

[02:41] (A. K.) they never believed this

[02:41] (A. K.) after they witnessed this, they were shocked

[02:42] (A. K.) they learned what a great development in Iran has taken place

[02:42] (A. K.) they found out they had to adjust themselves to this new situation

[02:42] (A. K.) to the Middle East, Iran and the world

[02:42] (A. K.) they learned that a new chapter has opened in connection related to the Islamic Republic.

[02:42] (A. K.) This great turn out was observed

[02:42] (A. K.) they reported it time and again

[02:42] (A. K.) they were all surprised since Friday morning

[02:43] (A. K.) some of the reactions and feedback to these correspondents were also noticed

[02:43] (A. K.) when they saw objections by some candidates, they saw an opportunity

[02:43] (A. K.) they used it from Saturday to Sunday

[02:43] (A. K.) their tone changed

[02:43] (A. K.) they slowly saw these protests

[02:43] (A. K.) which were held by the invitation of the candidate

[02:43] (A. K.) they became hopeful

[02:43] (A. K.) their masks were removed

[02:43] (A. K.) they saw a way

[02:43] (A. K.) they revealed their true nature

[02:44] (A. K.) a number of heads of states and other leaders of EU and America made statements that clarified the true nature of those leaders.

[02:44] (A. K.) it was said on behalf of the US president that he was waiting for a day that people came out to streets.

[02:44] (A. K.) Inside the country

[02:44] (A. K.) their agents started their action

[02:45] (A. K.) they started to cause riots in the street

[02:45] (A. K.) they caused destruction

[02:45] (A. K.) burnt houses,

[02:45] (A. K.) theft and insecurity prevailed.

[02:45] (A. K.) the people felt unsafe and insecure

[02:45] (A. K.) this has nothing to do with supporters of the candidate

[02:45] (A. K.) this is the servants of the westerners

[02:45] (A. K.) Zionist agents and their servants.

[02:46] (A. K.) What was clumsily done inside Iran by some, made them greedy

[02:46] (A. K.) they thought that Iran is Georgia.

[02:46] (A. K.) An American Zionist capitalist some time ago claimed that he had spent ten million dollars and created velvet revolution in Georgia

[02:47] (A. K.) They are comparing the Islamic Republic with GEORGIA!?

[02:47] (A. K.) What do you think we are?

[02:47] (A. K.) You don’t understand us.

[02:47] (A. K.) What are you talking about?

[02:48] (A. K.) what is the worst thing to me in all this

[02:48] (A. K.) are comments made in the name of human rights

[02:48] (A. K.) and freedom and liberty

[02:48] (A. K.) made by American officials

[02:48] (A. K.) they said that we are worried about Iranian nations

[02:48] (A. K.) WHAT? Are you serious?

[02:48] (A. K.) Do you KNOW what human rights are?!

[02:48] (A. K.) Who did that in Afghanistan?

[02:48] (A. K.) The wars and bloodshed

[02:48] (A. K.) Who is crushing Iraq under its soldier’s boots?

[02:48] (A. K.) in Palestine?

[02:48] (A. K.) Who supported the Zionists?

[02:49] (A. K.) even inside America

[02:49] (A. K.) During the time of the democrats

[02:49] (A. K.) Time of Clinton

[02:49] (A. K.) 80 people were burned alive in Waco?

[02:50] (A. K.) Now you are talking about human rights?

[02:50] (A. K.) Well,

[02:50] (A. K.) I believe that the officials of America and EU should feel some embarrassment

[02:50] (A. K.) shouldn’t say anything like that

[02:50] (A. K.) Islamic republic supports oppressed people of Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine

[02:50] (A. K.) we support all those who are oppressed

[02:51] (A. K.) we are supporting the flag of human rights

[02:51] (A. K.) flag of humans is raised in this country by Islam

[02:51] (A. K.) we don’t need advice about human rights

[02:51] (A. K.) My speech about the election is over.

[02:51] (A. K.) (VERY ABRUPTLY!)

Some thoughts on the speech:

I think we find one clue to why he rigged the vote count so crudely. His argument that a majority of eleven million was too big to allow for any irregularities suggests he believed that a big lie was the only one that would work. But if you utter a big lie, you had better hope it could persuade some. It appears to have persuaded no one but a few fools at the Washington Post and the executive editor of the New York Times.

And the endless attempt to blame all this on Britain and the US and the “Zionists.” This is a regime that is so hermetically sealed, so rigid in its dogma, so brutal in its ideology it probably believes its own lies. It is, as David Brooks notes today, very, very fragile. When every piece of data requires a reassertion of doctrine in order to banish reality from people’s minds, government becomes impossible. All that is possible is brute force and terror.

I fear deeply what is about to happen. But I also sense that the Gandhi-strategy of the majority is a winning one. If they can sustain their numbers and withstand the nightly raids, and if they can overwhelm the capital tomorrow in another peaceful show of strength, then they can win. And the world will change. This is their struggle now, requiring the kind of courage that only God can provide. Their God, my God, the God of the Torah and the Koran and the Gospels.

Something is happening in Iran.

I sense the same thing. The mood in Iran appears unmistakable, at least based on what we can find on the internet. I wrote before that if the regime’s support in rural areas is a mirage, then this system, the establishment, and with that the regime are done for. And I don’t mean in a few months or years, I mean right now.

No government, no matter how ruthless, dictatorial, and brutal can oppose public opinion and ideas lastingly. Ideas are like bulldozers. Over 70% of the people in Iran are below 30. By virtue of this fact alone this system will change sooner or later. Time will tell if that “sooner or later” is right now.

Expect many more severe crack downs, brutality, and killings in the days to come.

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Iran – Ayatollah Rafsanjani Calls Emergency Meeting

This is the highest government body in Iran convening, the only people who have the power to remove the Revolutionary Leader Ayatollah Khamenei. Like I said this morning

I am certain about one thing: The regime must be scared to death at this point. Otherwise they would already have clamped down much harder, as they used to.

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Iran Protests Continue to Escalate

A friend told me today that protests are not only going on in Tehran, but also in Shiraz and Isfahan. These suppressed protests are among the first in history to make extensive usage of modern technologies, such as Twitter. The effect of these tools as a catalyst should not be underestimated.

I am certain about one thing: The regime must be scared to death at this point. Otherwise they would already have clamped down much harder, as they used to. This reminds one of the protests from ’78 and ’79 which the Shah was no longer able to contain and basically began to tolerate as a concession.

We are witnessing events that Iran has not seen in 30 years. Never since the revolution have there been so many young educated people ready to take responsibility. Never have networking technologies thwarted the regime’s plans like they are now. Never since then have masses of people chanted “death to the dictator” on the streets.

In my view, what is going to happen in the days and weeks to follow hinges upon one crucial question: How much support does the current system still have in the rural areas of the country?

If there really is no big support for Ahmadinejad and for the establishment any longer, and the protests that are going on right now do not only reflect the mood of young city dwellers but of the general population, then I truly believe that the establishment is toast, and that all bets are off from hereon out.

If the opposite is true, then the protests will peter out sooner or later. We will likely see a massive crack down by the Revolutionary Guards, tons of political arrests, and a return to business as usual, for now.

If the truth lies somewhere between the two extremes, the current system may remain in place, but both sides will come together and meet somewhere in the middle. For example, Ahmadinejad might offer Moussavi some high post, so his supporters calm down, and the current power structures remain in place.

Only time will tell which direction Iran is going to take.

Some more clips from recent protests (some of rather graphic nature):

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