Day 19 Iran Revolution: Supporters of Opposition Hanged

11:52pm: Oppressed peoples of the world unite! Funny — sort of. The Chinese Falun Gong are helping those fighting for liberty in Iran. Regular Atlas readers rememberrepressive Chinese government despises them, persecutes them and harvests their organs. Yes, harvests their organs.


ABC-OZ: Computer software invented to beat China's stringent internet controls is being used by pro-democracy activists in Iran to manoeuvre around authorities there.

Developed and managed by a team of volunteers from the Falun Gong spiritual group, Freegate was created to allow net users to bypass Beijing government censorship.

Now it is estimated as many as a million Iranians use the free service each day, as anti-government demonstrators take their protests online.

9:42 pm: The evil overlords weigh in from Nazi HQ:

Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC)
denounces all interference in Iran's internal affairs

PRESS TV – Tehran,Iran [Iran state run media]
The Organization of the
Islamic Conference
has denounced all efforts to interfere in Iran's internal

The OIC, about which I have written extensively here, is driving the UN bus. The same bus that Obama wants America to get on and throw off American sovereignty. Enter Harold Koh, stage left. 

8:10 pm: Arrested, beaten and raped: an Iran protester's tale. Afshin, a shopkeeper from south-west Iran, alleges that one of his friends was beaten and repeatedly raped after being arrested at an opposition rally after last month's disputed election. He gave this account to Esfandiar Poorgiv, a journalist and academic. It is published here as part of the Guardian's project to trace those killed and detained during the unrest. (hat tip James the Fin)

came to my shop around 10.30am. You could tell straight away that he had just
been released. His face was bruised all over. His teeth were broken and he could
hardly open his eyes.

He was not even into politics. He was just an ordinary 18-year-old in the
last year of school. Before the election he came to me and asked how he should
vote. He looks up to me. His father is an Ahmadinejad supporter.

He had gone home directly after his release, but his father did not let him
in. He didn't mention he had been raped. At first, he didn't tell me either. It
was the doctor who first noticed it and told me.

When he came to my shop he collapsed in a chair. He said he had nowhere to go
and asked if he could stay with me. I called a friend of mine who is a doctor to
come home and see him. Then I brought him home.

His shoulder blades and arms were wounded. There were some slashes on the
face. No bone fractures, but he was bruised all over the body. I wanted to take
some photos but he did not let me. The doctor said only four of his teeth were
intact, the rest were broken. You could hardly understand what he said.

Then the doctor told me what had happened. He had suffered rupture of the
rectum and the doctor feared colonic bleeding. He suggested we take him to the
hospital immediately.

They registered him under a false name and with somebody else's insurance.
The nurses were crying. Two of them asked what sort of beast had beaten him up
like that. He was a broken man. He told us not to waste our money on him, and
that he would kill himself.

He was arrested in Shiraz on 15 June, the Monday after the election. Some
sturdy young men made a human shield around the demonstrators. He was among
them. He said he managed to hit some of the anti-riot police. But then they
caught him and beat him up.

"I was kept in a van till evening that day and then transferred to a solitary
cell where I was kept for two days," he said. "Then I was repeatedly
interrogated, beaten and hung from a ceiling. They call it chicken kebab. They
tie your hands and feet together and hang you from the ceiling, turning you
around and beating you with cables.

Read it and weep.

7:00 pm: The handwriting is on the wall and everybody is scrambling. If the people who protested prevail, the struggle will be over what did they fight and die for.

Iran’s reformist opposition on Wednesday delivered a co-­ordinated message to Iranians, declaring the government of Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nejad illegitimate and encouraging supporters to challenge it.
A statement by  Moussavi, the opposition leader who says the June 12 election was rigged in favour of the hardline Mr Ahmadi-Nejad, followed similarly defiant calls by Mosharekat, Iran’s largest reformist party, and Mehdi Karroubi, the second reformist candidate.

Hossein Mousavi calls Iranian government illegitimate Guardian

6:48 pm: More than 500 Demonstrators gathered today in front of Chinese counselor in L.A to condemn China's support of Ahmadinejad.

Where are the tens of thousands who marched across Europe, the US and Asia against Israel when they were defending themselves in Gaza back in January? Now we know who and what those people are.

3:49 pm: Student beaten by Ahmadinejad's thugs, the Basijis Raye Man Kojast blog (hat tip Urban Infidel)

1:00pm Obama's evil eye

12:04 pm: Basij militia calls for Mousavi to be prosecuted over post-election unrest

Iran's opposition leader accused of nine offences in letter to chief prosecutor as Ahmadinejad cancels Libya trip

What are they going to do? Arrest the whole country? Haven't they done that already? In North Korea.

11:48 am: Numerous reports on twitter today of people gathering in "six places (Bahareset, Valiasr, Enghelab, Vanak, Tajrish, Sadehgieh)"

Amid the talk of despair and quashed protests, one defiant reformist supporter told this reporter: "The regime wants the world to think they have won. Don't believe it… Even if this regime is about to collapse, they would not let anybody know until their final hour."

Iran hanging2

  "I've made it clear that the United States respects the sovereignty of
the Islamic Republic of Iran and is not interfering with Iran's
affairs." Obama day before yesterday

I would suggest that Obama watch these hangings, but that bloodless fiend wouldn't blink an eyelash.

Israel should seize this opportunity to take out Iran's nukes. This is cannot go on. Free and fair elections without "pre-selected" candidates.

Mousavi supporters reportedly hanged J Post (hat tip James the fin)

As the Iranian authorities warned the opposition on Tuesday that they would tolerate no further protests over the disputed June 12 presidential elections, a report emerged of the hangings of six supporters of defeated candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi.

Speaking after Iran's top legislative body upheld the election victory of incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, sources in Iran told this reporter in a telephone interview that the hangings took place in the holy city of Mashhad on Monday. There was no independent confirmation of the report.

Underlining the climate of fear among direct and even indirect supporters of Mousavi's campaign for the election to be annulled, the sources also reported that a prominent cleric gave a speech to opposition protesters in Teheran earlier this week in which he publicly acknowledged that the very act of speaking at the gathering would likely cost him his life.

On Monday, witnesses said thousands of policemen and Basij
militiamen carrying batons were deployed in Teheran's main squares to prevent
any recurrence of the opposition protests. Drivers who so much as shouted
"Allahu Akbar" or beeped their horns had their windows smashed by the Basiji and
riot police.

Women police, better known as the Sisters of Zeynab, are also
now out in force, the witnesses said.

"Some people are still going out into the streets, but there
is despair and sadness"

Photo: Public hanging in Iran (file)

Where are the enlightened, the outraged, the self righteous?

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