13 June 2009

Massive Rioting In Iran

The article below cannot sum up what was just shown on television here. Huge throngs of young people taking to the streets, riot police with batons beating them. A BBC journalist was caught up in the fray by accident. He described a man in a car ahead of them, who like the journalist, had no idea what was going on or why traffic had stopped. When the man got out of his car to see what was going on, he was attacked by riot police, the journalist got away. Iran may be able to get control now, but this will fester and won't soon be forgotten by the young generation. Big mistake fiddling with the elections. I think Ahmadinejad, would have probably won by a small margin, but the govt obviously did not want to take that risk. By interfering and keeping Mousavi's people out of the polling stations, not allowing his people to monitor like they were promised, cutting off SMS texting and websites. They have now created an entire generation that has no faith in the election process.
(CBS/AP) Supporters of the main election challenger to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad clashed with police and set up barricades of burning tires Saturday as authorities declared the hard-line president was re-elected in a landslide.

Opponents responded with the most serious unrest in the capital in a decade and charges that the result was the work of a "dictatorship."

Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, closed the door on any chance he could use his limitless powers to intervene in the disputes from Friday's election. In a message on state TV, he urged the nation to unite behind Ahmadinejad, calling the result a "divine assessment."

But Ahmadinejad's main challenger, Mir Hossein Mousavi, has rejected the result as rigged and urged his supporters to resist a government of "lies and dictatorship." link
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4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I doubt that it was a rigged election. Iran is not a country that has the same problems as the neighboring ones, for it makes no sense in rigging elections besides that means all officials who looked at this election were in on it and no one till this moment gave any evidence of it just some rumors here and there. Second, both the people who rioted and the police were wrong nothing worth rioting over and nothing worth beating some people over either. The West made Mousavi look as if he represents the West and they all pitched in he will win when that is not true. It is unfair to say 40 million people voted then a few thousand who didn’t like it are in the right.

People in Iran like Ahmadinejad unlike what is told in Western media, don’t fall in the same propaganda that people fell into before.

Read this:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/jun/13/iranian-election

Anonymous said...

Indeed, the US doesn't really care who is in power as long as it is with its policy. The obvious interfering of the Western officials has made it obvious what their intentions were; also this is doing Mousavi and his supporters a large disservice, he should denounce any interference from the West or else it will cast a shadow of doubt around him even if it is not true.

Thanks

Free Palestine Writers said...

Exactly true abuot the Western media. Actually i will be writing about this subject today. I said Ahmadinejad would have won anyway in my above post. The problem is that by Iran cutting off SMS texting and reformists websites they gave the western media something to latch onto and run with. My point is,The result would have been much the same I am sure. The scenes we keep seeing are contained to Tehran only.Outside Tehran Ahmadinejad is very popular. He gives aid to poor people through various programs. Mousavi wants to cut aid off mostly and move to bring in Western buisness and investment. The Americans were/are heavily behind mousavi, much American money is funnelled into the reformist movement. Sadly Americans have not learnt to stay out and this will now work against them. The only way Iran will beomce more progressive is if it is left alone to do so from within. It is heading in that direction, or was before this. The US wants things to happen faster and cuold not resist interfering.........again.

here's my post today:
http://irish4palestine.blogspot.com/2009/06/iranian-electionsobamas-huge-mistake.html

Free Palestine Writers said...

@Anonymous

Thanks for stopping by. My post yesterday was not my best. Was not feeling all that well when I wrote it, therefore did not explain myself very well.

all the best

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