FULL NATIONAL STRIKE ANNOUNCED FOR TUESDAY – ALL IRAN
10:55 PM ET — Farnaz Fassihi over at the Wall Street Journal reports on this horrific story of a 19-year-old shot in the head and killed during the demonstrations and Iranian officials asked his parents to “pay an equivalent of $3,000
as a ‘bullet fee’ –– a fee for the bullet used by security forces —
before taking the body back.”
Minutes before, an ambulance had arrived from Tehran’s morgue carrying the body of their only son, 19-year-old Kaveh Alipour.
On Saturday, amid the most violent clashes between security forces
and protesters, Mr. Alipour was shot in the head as he stood at an
intersection in downtown Tehran. He was returning from acting class and
a week shy of becoming a groom, his family said.
The details of his death remain unclear. He had been alone.
Neighbors and relatives think that he got trapped in the crossfire. He
wasn’t politically active and hadn’t taken part in the turmoil that has
rocked Iran for over a week, they said.
“He was a very polite, shy young man,” said Mohamad, a neighbor who has known him since childhood.
When Mr. Alipour didn’t return home that night, his parents began to
worry. All day, they had heard gunshots ringing in the distance. His
father, Yousef, first called his fiancée and friends. No one had heard
At the crack of dawn, his father began searching at police stations, then hospitals and then the morgue.
Upon learning of his son’s death, the elder Mr. Alipour was told the
family had to pay an equivalent of $3,000 as a “bullet fee”—a fee for
the bullet used by security forces—before taking the body back,
Mr. Alipour told officials that his entire possessions wouldn’t
amount to $3,000, arguing they should waive the fee because he is a
veteran of the Iran-Iraq war. According to relatives, morgue officials
finally agreed, but demanded that the family do no funeral or burial in
Tehran. Kaveh Alipour’s body was quietly transported to the city of
Rasht, where there is family.
According to several prominent Western bloggers with direct ties to the
protesters, Obama’s statement left the Iranians underwhelmed and angry.
THE MOST IMPORTANT repercussion of the US media’s propagandistic
reporting is that the American public is denied the ability to
understand events as they unfold. Take for instance The New York Times’
write-up of Khamenei’s sermon this past Friday in which he effectively
declared war on the protesters. As Russell Berman pointed out in the
Telos blog on Saturday, the Times’ write-up was misleadingly selective.
The Times did not mention that Khamenei ascribed world events to a
Zionist conspiracy which he believes controls the US. It similarly
failed to mention his long rant against the US for the FBI’s 1993 raid
on David Koresh’s Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas.
Had the Times – and other major media outlets – properly reported
Khamenei’s speech, they would have made clear to their readers that he
is not a rational thinker. His view of world events is deeply distorted
by his hatreds and prejudices and paranoia.
But then, if Times readers were permitted to know just how demented
Khamenei’s views of the world are, they might come to the conclusion
that Obama’s intense desire to sit down with him, and his constant
pandering to Iran’s “supreme leader” are ill-advised and
counterproductive. They might come to the conclusion that it is
impossible to achieve a meeting of the minds with a man who calls
Americans “morons” and leads his subordinate government officials in
chants of “Death to America,” “Death to Britain” and “Death to Israel.”
The rest of Glick here.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper,
adopting one of the toughest lines on Iran of any Western leader,
condemned on Monday what he said was Tehran’s totally unacceptable use
of “brute force and intimidation” to deal with protests. Obama looks worse and worse and his negative poll numbers reflect it. Hope-n-change, blech.
Tuesday 10:01 am
If you are on twiitter, help support the people in Iran willing to risk
their lives by having your location be IRAN, and your time zone under
settings be TEHRAN. Make it harder for the regime to kill even this
method of communication. Bombard them, help keep them from identifying
who is real and who isn’t……………
9:13 PM ET — Guardian Council ‘rules out vote nullification. (Nico reporting on the Huff Po)
Hardly a surprise. Iran’s state media reports: “Iran’s Guardian Council
rules out the possibility of nullifying the country’s June 12
Presidential election, saying there has been no record of any major irregularity.
Abbas Ali Kadkhodaei, the council’s Spokesman said late on Monday that
most of the complaints reported irregularities before the election, and
not during or after the vote. He added that the Guardian Council was
not the relevant body to look into such complaints. The Guardian
Council is the body in charge of supervising the elections and has to
approve the outcome before any result could be official.”
9:00 PM ET — “Uprising in southern Tehran?” The woman in the video says, “Bravo
to the youth.
8:54 PM ET — Rumor patrol. I’ve seen nothing to
corroborate rumors on the web that a Revolutionary Guard commander in
Tehran was arrested for refusing to cooperate with the crackdown on
demonstrators. It could be true, but I’ve seen no evidence that it is.
Earlier today I reminded Atlas readers of the July 4th party invitations Obama’s State department sent out to Iranian officials.
Urban Infidel advises us the invitation from the State Department for the 4th of July party is STILL
OPEN for the Iranian regime!
WASHINGTON (AFP) —
The United States said Monday its invitations were still standing for Iranian
diplomats to attend July 4 celebrations at US embassies despite the crackdown on
President Barack Obama’s administration said earlier this month it would
invite Iran to US embassy barbecues for the national holiday for the first time
since the two nations severed relations following the 1979 Islamic
“There’s no thought to rescinding the invitations to Iranian diplomats,”
State Department spokesman Ian Kelly told reporters.
“We have made a strategic decision to engage on a number of fronts with
Iran,” Kelly said. “We tried many years of isolation, and we’re pursuing a
different path now.”
8:45pm: Check out ‘Livestream – persianq (Iran) With Chatroom‘
The chatroom can be ugly – but the Iranians’ are saying they want George W. Bush.
And Ahmadinejad wants Obama, I’m sure. Obama is still talking about engagimg tje poison dwarf.
6:58 PM: This is huge: Revolutionary Guards commander defies Khamenei’s orders to use force on protestors
6:50: In the course of just a couple of hours, Google moves fast and kills a blog using Google’s publishing service to post photos of the demonstrators to collect their personal information.
6:46 PM: The reverbs go international:
Bahrain has ordered the closure of a prominent newspaper after it printed an article critical of political leaders in its powerful Gulf neighbour Iran.(h/t Rut)
Iran’s Uncrowned Prince Cries Over Violence (hat tip DJM)
From the Prince’s speech:
“Do not let them define what is disrespect for sovereignty, what is interference in others affairs…”
I wonder who that was for?
Here is the complete text: (thanks to DJM)
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights knows no national boundaries. Its
defense is not only a matter of ethics, but a mutual obligation of all
governments who are its signatories. It is also in their interests.
one, no one will benefit from closing his or her eyes to knives and cables
cutting into faces and mouths of our young and old… (pause) or from bullets
piercing our beloved Neda… whose only sin was the quest for freedom. No one but
tyrants and their thugs.
Do not let them define what is disrespect for
sovereignty, what is interference in others affairs.
gentlemen, a movement was born. On the 22nd of Khordad in my calendar, the 12th
of June in yours.
It is not Islamic or anti-Islamic, it is not for
Capitalism or Socialism, nor any other ideology or specific form of government.
It cares little about historical squabbles before its birth. But it is about the
sanctity – even more – the sovereignty of the ballot box.
It may not
succeed immediately. It may have ebbs and flows. But let me assure you, it will
not die. Because we will not let it die.
5:39 PM ET –The Huff Po has this:
Big day on Thursday. “Mousavi’s
facebook page just announced that they want to hold global solidarity
demonstrations on Thursday ‘for the martyrs that have been lost so far
in our fight for justice.’ In Tehran, the demonstration will be held at Imam Khomeini Shrine, according to the announcement.”
Drove down there at 4 ish. there were a lot of people in the square,
but no one allowed to gather, so people were just walking up and down
the meydoon (square). there was a HEAVY military presence — all kinds,
basij, riot police, khahki (camouflage) uniformed ones — all on
motorbikes, or in pick up trucks or standing — they ALL had those
batons and weren’t allowing people to stand still (ie. gather). we
walked around and tried to have a look from those walkways that cover
the meydoon/square but the police were also on them so wouldn’t let u
stand still for a second.
side of the square too see what was going to happen and if we could
gather in one place. there was not just young people, but all kinds of
age groups and people from all walks of life. then the police would
start coming to an alley where a lot of people were and shout at them
to move along/disperse. they would then get aggro and start chasing
people down the alleyways, hitting with batons. people would run but
then gather in another alleyway… very resilient.
leave. these police are v v intimidating. like animals really as u just
dont know if they are gonna wack you (which they would).
i wanted to
take photos of the milit presence, but it was way too scary. honestly
people who manage to record or take photos are incredibly shoja
(brave). then we saw that they had blockaded one alleyway (koocheh
mina) and people were getting trapped and beaten up with the batons.
there were people on roofs/windows looking so i hope they managed to
record some stuff. we moved around the meydoon and streets. after
hearing/seeing that they were blockading people in alleys.
police on motorbikes with batons started chasing us badly. we could
only run up the street and they are chasing u on these bikes about 5/6
mtrs away shouting at u to disperse — it is absolutely petrifying. we
were running on the sidewalk. they also had whips with them. there were
so many of them just riding and shouting at you. then we heard shots
and u just don’t know whether they are going to even shoot (as we know
they have done before). i am not sure whether it was guns or
firecrackers or what but at the time u all think is that it is
guns, and that u are about to feel a bullet hit u in the back or
something as u run. all i did was run with my hands clasped (like i was
praying) and just trying to make eye contact with them so that they
could see the sheer fear in my face! then a door opened in the street
and some people were ushering us into their garden to hide in there in
case the motor police guys came back (honestly there must have been
like 50-70 of them chasing us).
but it really wasn’t the best idea. i thought as i had seen them go
into people’s houses and smash doors etc minutes before and then there
is no escape for u. so we waited like 10 mins and crept out. it was
really quite scary. anyways. let us see what else comes out of the news
this evening. i hope no one was killed but i do know pple were beaten
up for sure.
Blog comment: “One thing is certain: 30 years of Islamic “cultural revolution” has fallen drastically. Iranian youth, protesting and sacrificing their lives in the frontal rows of this movement, defy every bit of propagandist educational system that desperately tried to brainwash them after the Islamic revolution. Iran won’t be the same after this uprising. Marg Bar Dictator!”
5:50 PM: Dutch foreign minister Maxime Verhagen has lodged a renewed protest with the Iranian chargé d’affaires in The Hague over what he described as excessive violence used against demonstrators in Iran over the weekend. (Raye Man Kojast? Where Is My Vote?)
Sharoudi Sports Complex, shown in the video, is very close to Haf-e-Tir Square, where an opposition rally was broken up
TEHRAN, Iran (CNN) — A defiant and chaotic protest
sprouted in and around a public square Monday despite a warning by
Iran’s Revolutionary Guard against the kind of street demonstrations
that have roiled Iran for more than a week, witnesses said.
3:49 pm:t CNN is reporting that Reporters without Borders is calling Iran the largest prison for journalists. I have to say that this is the first time in years that I have been watching CNN, but their coverage of Iran, is hands down, the best over the other cable news networks.
3:21 pm: U.S. Navy Hangs Back in Persian Gulf as Questions Mount About Defecting Iranian Revolutionary Guard (Foxnews.com)
That’s the American president talking. COWARD! Playing to the mullahs. No one thinks this about America, fool.
Students Being Shot At By Basij – Injured young students die in Iran **GRAPHIC**
Tehran Bureau on Twitter reports:
- pls be careful and keep your cameras at home — or well-hidden … !
note from Tehran: police/basij pulling cars over to inspect at
checkpoints… they will seize any cameras along with the owner’s ID
card“They are stopping and searching cars and peoples bags. They are taking peoples ID cards and cameras.”
- from Tehran: “They have cordened off about 20 metres of road in Vanak Square, I was there at 7pm tonight.”
- Basij crawling around haft-tir Sq.
Tuesday is general strike day In Iran.
They would know. The”solidarity” movement was successful – but then again they were not dealing with Islamic barbarian rulers.
The question is, how did America fall from the soaring rhetoric of President George W. Bush’s 2005 State of the Union address – when he said: “And to the Iranian people, I say tonight: As you stand for your own liberty, America stands with you” – to a position on the sidelines, passively watching Iranian security forces club and shoot unarmed demonstrators on the streets of Tehran?
The apparent answer is that advocates of a policy of accommodation that is more in sync with the priorities of the Tehran regime than with U.S. national security interests now wield influence from inside the Obama administration.
Young Women beaten in streets of Tehran while protesting.
1:40 p.m. Witnesses at Neda Soltan’s memorial service today in Tehran said that
it was violently broken up by the security forces and that people there were being arrested and beaten.(NY Times)
Poster hat tip DJM. This is based on the last words her Neda’s father
said: “Neda, don’t be afraid. Neda, don’t be afraid. [obscured by others
yelling] Neda, stay with me. Neda stay with me!”
The New Yorker has a report
“from the streets and the rooftops” of Tehran by a resident of the
city. Here are some of this anonymous correspondent’s observations:
On the afternoon of June 15th, I bumped into my old friend Reza at the
huge demonstration on Azadi Street—the march that nobody will ever
forget. He was with his wife, Hengameh, his arm raised, giving the “V”
sign for victory and shouting, “Death to the dictator!” Then he saw me.
His eyes widened and we kissed on both cheeks. “How many?” he asked
breathlessly, before answering himself. “A million, I’d say.” I had
last seen Reza a few months before, in the small office where he runs a
modest trading business. He had looked pale and tired, and was
complaining about money problems. But now was different. He shone.
“Come to dinner tomorrow night,” he called, and then we were separated.
According to a police official who was quoted in the Western press,
a million or more people took part in the Azadi Street march. Later, I
asked a person close to the rally organizers how many people there
were, and he told me that he thought the figure was closer to two
million. It was, he said, the biggest protest Iran had seen since the
1979 revolution, which overthrew the Shah. From where Reza and I stood,
half a mile from the western end of Azadi Street, where it enters Azadi
Square, a thick belt of humanity stretched eastward seemingly without
end. Although the rally was illegal, there was no sign of riot police
or Basij militiamen. In an Islamic republic that regards large,
unsanctioned gatherings as a threat, the marchers were smiling with the
joy of being in one happy, unhindered mass—a pleasurable feeling,
utterly unfamiliar. […]
For any Iranian who remembers 1979, today’s unrest is full of
echoes. The slogans we were hearing, such as “Death to the dictator!”
and “Freedom or death!,” evoke the revolution, as does the victory
sign. And now, joining other people from the building on the roof—and
the inhabitants of thousands of other apartment blocks—we sensed
something else: that, after thirty years, the revolution seemed to be
IRANIAN REVOLUTIONARY GUARD THREATENS TO CRUSH PROTESTS
12:57: EU presidency asks members to summon Iran’s envoys Raye Man Kojast? Where’s my vote (Hat tip Urban Infidel)
the bloc’s members on Monday to consider summoning the heads of Iran’s
missions in Europe to express “deep revulsion” over post-election
The Czechs said they had summoned the head of
the Iranian ministry in Prague to reject Iran’s protest that the EU and
its member states were illegitimately interfering in Iran’s affairs.
officials summoned the Czech charge d’affaires on Sunday along with
other 26 EU representatives to complain about EU critical remarks on
Iran’s elections. The Czechs hold the rotating EU presidency until the
end of June. (Reporting by Jana Mlcochova)
12:16 pm: DEBKAfile – In
spreading disorder, Iran’s nuclear assets are matter of concern (hat tip Madeline). The Islamic barbarians would use it on their own people, of that I am sure.
Islamic rulers are firing live ammo into the crowd.
TEHRAN, Iran – Riot police attacked hundreds of demonstrators with
tear gas and fired live bullets in the air to disperse a rally in
central Tehran Monday, carrying out a threat by the country’s most
powerful security force to crush any further opposition protests over
the disputed presidential election.
Britain, accused by Iran of fomenting post-election unrest, said it was evacuating the families of diplomats and other officials based in Iran.
said helicopters hovered overhead as about 200 protesters gathered at
Haft-e-Tir Square. But hundreds of anti-riot police quickly put an end
to the demonstration and prevented any gathering, even small groups, at
At the subway station at Haft-e-Tir,
the witnesses said police did not allow anyone to stand still, asking
them to keep on walking and separating people who were walked together.
The witnesses asked not to be identified for fear of government
This is rich ………but what you would expect from Islamic rulers? This over at government propaganda media (Iran, not NBC)
said that some armed saboteurs opened fire on civilians and killed
people in post-election violence in Tehran.
“A number of Tehrani citizens were shot dead by unknown vandals Saturday night,” said the office on Monday.
It said security forces have arrested an armed man involved in
Saturday’s riots but rejected reports over the arrest of an armed man
whose photo was released by some news agencies.
“Iran’s security and intelligence officials are currently probing
into the identity of the individual whose photo was published and
broadcast by news agencies,” it added.
This is while the situation in Tehran is back to normal for the
second consecutive day on Monday. On Saturday, ‘terrorist elements’-who
had infiltrated the rallies –created the most violent day of protests
by setting fire on a mosque and two gas stations as well as killing a
number of people.
Recent Tweets From Tehran bureau:
tell the world that we protesters are not terrorists [as reported by
state tv]. it’s the other way around: they’re terrorizing us!
- Sepah [IRGC] has announced it will crush us. they’re murderers.
- I’m going, but I’m scared. I may go quietly.
- there were plans to go and gather at 7 Tir [earlier today Tehran time] for that poor young woman Neda.
- people are frightened to death here. they have gone quiet. the stores are closed.
- you cannot believe it. they have turned this place into a killing field.
- they cannot make official visits to this country either!
- this man cannot be invited to international summits!
- This man doesn’t represent us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- The United States cannot grant this man a visa!
- don’t you see, they’re massacring us here.
- there is no other option: everyone has to get involved to help us.
- from Tehran (earlier today): tell the Europeans, stop posturing
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