10:00 pm: The Guardian is reporting: Iran opposition alleges plot to implicate Mir Hossein Mousavi
Jailed Iranian reformists have been tortured in an attempt
to force them into TV “confessions” of a foreign-led plot against the Islamic
regime, it was alleged today, as the country’s guardian
council buried hopes for any significant revision of the disputed
According to Iranian opposition websites, the “confessions” are aimed at
implicating Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi
Karroubi, the defeated reformist candidates, in an alleged conspiracy.
Mostafa Tajzadeh, Abdollah Ramezanzadeh and Mohsen Aminzadeh, all Mousavi
supporters, are reported to have undergone “intensive interrogation” sessions in
Tehran’s Evin prison since Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad‘s disputed re-election.
They are among several hundred activists, academics, journalists and students
in a crackdown coinciding with the brutal suppression of street protests.
reportedly heard screams from Tajzadeh and Ramezanzadeh in Evin’s section 209,
which is reserved for political prisoners and is run by the hardline
intelligence ministry. Aminzadeh, a former deputy foreign minister, was heard
shouting: “I am not going to give interviews.”
Amnesty International said the reports came from “very credible sources”.
8:40 pm: Streets of Tehran like a garrison. People are depressed and angry.
BO’s hos take off the jihad loving gloves and lace into the poison dwarf.
5:49: The illegal brutal government of Ahmadinejad has succeeding in quelling the street protests by mowing peaceful protesters down in the street over the past two weeks.
Groups of “hacktivists” — Web hackers demanding Internet freedom —
say they are targeting Web pages of Iran’s leadership in response to
the regime’s muzzling of blogs, news outlets and other sites.
unclear how much the wired warriors have disrupted official Iranian
sites. Attempts by The Associated Press to access sites for state news
organizations, including the Islamic Republic News Agency and Fars, were unsuccessful — with a message saying the links were “broken.”
According to twitterers: Trading has come to a halt today and the Bazaar is virtually closed. Bazaar is are on strike
5:02 pm: Today in Liberty Park
Twitter Amnesty International claims Mousavi aides tortured to extract confessions
3:28 pm: Reuters reporting: Night raids terrorize Iran residents: rights group
“On June 22, while we were shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ from the rooftops
… the Basiji entered our neighborhood and started firing live rounds
into the air, in the direction of the buildings from which they believe
the shouting of ‘Allahu Akbar’ is coming from,” a middle-aged resident
of Vanak district said, according to the report.
A woman said Basijis climbed over walls to enter homes after they
failed to kick down doors in Velenjak district when people were
shouting from rooftops on June 23.
“When they entered the homes, they beat the residents. The neighbors
took to cursing the Basijis and throwing stones at them to divert them
from beating the residents, but then the Basijis attacked those
neighbors’ houses and tried to enter them,” she was quoted as saying.
Another resident said Basijis spray-painted a sign on the doors of
houses in a central district where they thought protesters had fled.
“A few minutes later, they came back and attacked the marked houses,
breaking down the doors and entering them. They beat the owners, and
broke the windows in the house and of their cars,” the resident said,
according to the report.
3:10 pm: I take it back. It is better when FOX doesn’t cover Iran. The very little coverage they are giving it today serves the interests of Ahmadinejad. They keep talking to Kayvon Biouki, “freelance journalist,” who claims there is no torture going on (we have video, schmuck), and there is no unrest. The guy is clearly a pro-government tool, so why would FOX give him such a platform?
Vigilant squirrel has full coverage here. At least these poorly attended efforts are not for Ahmadinejad.
The right should be staging big rallies. It is a mistake not to get behind these people.
Manhattan.The first ‘event’ by the Worker Party-types at the Islamic
Republic of Iran’s Consulate was about 7 people from the Workers Party with no
Iranians; basically a non-event. (will post a few pictures later)
Big Display was later at Columbus Circle.They do know how to put on a display
with lots and lots of green and candles and speakers and music…..
the most prevalent aspect (besides their supposed support for “free” elections)
was their out-reach via Revolution newspapers, very Leftist speakers and
Commie-sponsored flyers from the Workers Party and Amnesty International. (will
also post the flyers later)
Mixed in with their support for “Free”
elections, were plenty of slams at America and praise for the “Big Zero”.
1:156 pm: Mousavi rejects bogus gesture to recount 10% of the vote.
1:25 pm: Help Stop the Slaughter of Iranian Freedom Seekers (please sign).
12:18 pm: As Obama skulks away from the responsibilities of leading the free world, authoritarian regimes censor news from Iran
China, Cuba and Burma fear activism could spread to their countries.
12:08 pm: The fight against Ahmadinejad:
Mousavi’s website was hacked and is now shut down.
Mousavi’s message to Iranian ex-pats. Read the whole thing here.
the letter of the constitution, and the stated freedoms in the Islamic
Republic, all my communication with the people and you has been cut
off, and people’s peaceful objections are being crushed. The national
media which is being financed with public funds, with a revolting
misrepresentation is changing the truth, and labels the peaceful march
of close to three million people as anarchist, and the media that are
being controlled by the government have become the mouthpiece of those
who have stolen the people’s votes.I’d like to thank you again
for your peaceful objections which have received widespread coverage
across the world, and would like to ask you that by using all legal
channels, and by remaining faithful to the sacred system of the Islamic
Republic, to make sure that your objections are heard by the
authorities in the country. I am fully aware that your justified
demands have nothing to do with groups who do not believe in the sacred
Islamic Republic of Iran’s system. It is up to you to distance yourself
from them, and do not allow them to misuse the current situation.
A good statement, no doubt, and who knows the pressure he is under, but it appears that Mousavi is faltering. Big mistake. AP reports:
government approval for future protests, even as he complained of
unfair restrictions – a new sign that he is backing away from
confrontation with Iran’s rulers over a bitterly disputed election.
This is a complete turnaround from his position just the day before when he said that the attempt to steal the election would be crushed.
Click here for Atlas liveblogging archives: Iran: The Revolution
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