IRAN: Day 17 Liveblogging the Revolution

7:17 pm: Intelligence Minister says some of the arrested “will not be released.”

2:42 pm: Twitters from Iran are reporting that Iranians are protesting news that Iran’s
Guardian Council confirmed the results of the elections.

Daneshju Park is full of Basij and special guards and
militia forces are being organized in the park 4 dealing human chain

People have
“come out on the streets… [they] are in the various city squares,”

Police and plain clothes forces are settled across the
Valiasr street to disallow the protesters to make a humanchain

2: 26 pm: Photos from Sunday, June 28 in Tehran



2:00 pm: Jun 29  – Elections in Iran –
Part V: The Waning of the Protest Movement
MEMRI A. Savyon is Director of the Iranian Media Project.

Two weeks after the elections, it seems that the Iranian regime has managed
to suppress the protest movement. This report examines the reasons for the
waning of this movement.

1. Violence by the Regime

In attempt to quell the protests, which were mostly peaceful, the Iranian
regime has employed brutal violence. IRGC and Basij units, some of them in
plainclothes, used both cold weapons (clubs and knives) and live fire against
the protestors. In addition to employing violence against the demonstrators in
the streets, the security forces also raided student dorms, especially in
Tehran; arrested protesters, political activists, journalists and intellectuals;
and persecuted owners of homes from which the call of “Allah Akbar” was heard in
the nights. The heads of the regime made threats against anyone who participated
in the demonstrations, blocked websites and media outlets supportive of the
protest movement, and waged a media campaign against this movement by describing
the protestors and their leaders as hostile elements collaborating with Iran’s
enemies. Permits for political and party activities were revoked, and a special
court was establish to prosecute the protestors.

2. Unlike Some of the Demonstrators, the Protest Movement Leaders Never
Advocated a Regime Change in
Iran; Their Campaign Is Part of a
Struggle between Two Streams within the Regime

The leaders of the protest movement, Mir Hossein Mousavi, Mehdi Karroubi and
Mohammad Khatami, called on the demonstrators to keep their protests peaceful,
and stated that they would negotiate with the regime to attain their goals,
which are the holding of a new election or the establishment of a committee of
ayatollahs, acceptable to all sides, to examine the election results. Unlike
some of the protestors, these leaders are not interested in a change of regime
in Iran, and have never called to topple Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. [1]


3. Absence of International Support

The policy of the West during this crisis has been one of non-intervention in
the events in Iran.


The events in Iran following the elections were a public outburst of rage
that encompassed many sectors of Iranian society. This outburst was made
possible by the emergence of a comprehensive common denominator, namely anger
over the rigged elections. The protestors sought a leadership, but did not find

The regime’s power and brutal suppression of the protests, the absence of a
religious leadership, and the silence of the world meant that the protest
movement could not maintain its momentum, and started to crumble after two
weeks. However, it is safe to assume that another, more effective, protest
movement will arise when the necessary “ingredients” are present, namely – a
public of protestors, a compelling ideological agenda presenting an alternative
to the regime, a religious leadership that will head the movement and will be
willing to pay the price, and international support.

It can also be assumed that the present Iranian protest movement is likely to
impact the Sunni Arab societies in the countries neighboring Iran, which are
also no strangers to election fraud.
Mullahs’ moolah!

The Weekly Standard: Whatever happens in Tehran, there’s no going back to the Ayatollah Khomeini’s Islamic Republic.

The American Thinker has my latest article: The Case for Iran: Fighting for Freedom. Read it.

12:21 pm: Ahmadinejad orders probe into Neda’s ‘suspicious’ death PRESS TV
Lol ……..is it possible to handcuff yourself?

12:07 pm: Iranian press reports: Debate reportedly turns physical in Iran’s parliament. The news site Baztab reports that Iranian MP Pezeshkian was physically confronted while urging the regime to show tolerance towards critics. (hat tip Nico Pitney) 


12:04 pm: Five embassy staff freed by Iran

12:00 pm: Iran election: faces of the dead and detained (hat tip jan)
Bless the Guardian, which has created an interactive grid to identify the courageous fighters arrested, beaten and/or killed. Please go…. click each face.

Terrific protest in support of the protesters in front of CNN – perhaps because they are the only network who covered it. Good job, FOX! Josh Weiss grabbed some great snaps here.


11:54: Is Mousavi selling out? There were reports
earlier that Iran’s Guardian Council, “a 12-member clerical panel
charged with vetting and authenticating the June 12 vote, said on
Monday that Mr. Moussavi had offered proposals to ‘rebuild public

If he pursues this, the people will turn on him. Remember, the last revolution took two years. There is no saying how long this one will take, but the mullahcracy is going down – and taking Obama with it :)


Picture from Sunday (6/28)

2:20 am: Iran ‘has arrested 2,000’ in violent crackdown on dissent

More than 2,000 Iranians have been arrested and hundreds more have
disappeared since the regime decided to crush dissent after the
disputed presidential election, a leading human rights organisation
said yesterday.

Dinosaur media asshattery:
Tweeters melt away after 15 minutes of fame Times Online

This article from Times Online shows how out of touch and utterly without heart these zombies are. The left and their flying monkeys are only too anxious to write the post
mortem on the Iranian revolution, but the Iranians continue to defy the
cynics and the toadying totalitarians in their fight for freedom.

For more than a week, IranElection was the most popular “trending” topic on Twitter, and as journalists were expelled or arrested the microblogging site became one of the top sources of news — or at least gossip — from Tehran.

Until June 12, the tweeters had been ordinary people sharing their thoughts with friends, but suddenly they acquired tens of thousands of “followers” and became de facto journalists, trying to keep track of deaths, arrests and protests. But the truth or otherwise of tweets was always difficult to verify and the accounts came from just a handful of young, anti-government urbanites in Tehran; the Iranian internet phenomenon was largely propelled by non-Iranians piling in.

In any case, either internet blocks or arrests have reduced the trickle of information to virtually nothing. Names such as persiankiwi and Change_for_Iran, for a brief moment apparently the voices of democratic Iran, may prove untraceable now that they have had their 15 minutes of cyberspace fame.

Judith Evans, the author of this deadly propaganda, should be flipping burgers. Those of us actually reporting on the events in Iran for 12 weeks came to know these citizen journalists. They were doing the real reporting, the dangerous work. For this Evans to call them a handful of young anti-government urbanites is an insult to humanity.

The videos, audios, pictures backed up their accounts. Judith and her ilk are history. Actually, this bitter old harridan would be lucky to get a job flipping burgers. She couldn’t flip mine.

What a bloodless asshat.

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