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If you are reading this right now, you have more luxury than someone in Iran could ever hope for right now. If you are watching TV or a video on youtube, updating your status on Facebook, Tweeting, or even texting your friend, you are lucky. If you are safe in your home, and were able to sleep last night without the sounds of screaming from the rooftops, you need to know and understand what is happening to people just like you in Iran right now.



They are not the enemy. They are a people whose election has been stolen. For the first time in a long time, a voice for change struck the youth of Iran, just as it did for many people in the United States only seven months ago. Hossein Mousavi gained the support of millions of people in Iran as a Presidential candidate. He stands for progressiveness. He supports good relations with the West, and the rest of the world. He is supported with fervor as he challenges the oppressive regime of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

On Friday, millions of people waited for hours in line to vote in Iran's Presidential election. Later that night, as votes came in, Mousavi was alerted that he was winning by a two-thirds margin. Then there was a change. Suddenly, it was Ahmadinejad who had 68% of the vote - in areas which have been firmly against his political party, he overwhelmingly won. Within three hours, millions of votes were supposedly counted - the victor was Ahmadinejad. Immediately fraud was suspected - there was no way he could have won by this great a margin with such oppposition. Since then, reports have been coming in of burned ballots, or in some cases numbers being given without any being counted at all. None of this is confirmed, but what happened next seems to do the trick.



The people of Iran took the streets and rooftops. They shout "Death to the dictator" and "Allah o akbar." They join together to protest. Peacefully. The police attack some, but they stay strong. Riots happen, and the shouting continues all night. Text messaging was disabled, as was satellite, and websites which can spread information such as Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, and the BBC are blocked in the country. At five in the morning, Arabic speaking soldiers (the people of Iran speak Farsi) stormed a university in the capital city of Tehran. While sleeping in their dormitories, five students were killed. Others were wounded. These soldiers are thought to have been brought in by Ahmadinejad from Lebanon. Today, 192 of the university's faculty have resigned in protest.

Mousavi requested that the government allow a peaceful rally to occur this morning - the request was denied. Many thought that it would not happen. Nevertheless, first a few thousand people showed up in the streets of Tehran. At this point, it is estimated that 1 to 2 million people were there. Mousavi spoke on the top of a car. The police stood by. For a few hours, everything was peaceful. Right now, the same cannot be said. Reports of injuries, shootings, and killings are flooding the internet. Twitter has been an invaluable source - those in Iran who still know how to access it are updating regularly with picture evidence. People are being brutally beaten. Tonight will be another night without rest for so many in Iran no older than I am. Tonight there is a Green Revolution.


For more information:
PICTURES:
here and here
NEW INFORMATION:
Here - near constant updates
Here - ONTD_political live post
ON TWITTER:
@StopAhmadi, @IranElection09, @Change_for_Iran


دنیارابگوییدچطورآنهاانتخاباتمان دزدیده اند
Tell the world how they have stolen our election


- original post by one_hoopy_frood, here.
Please repost using the repost code supplied at the bottom of this post. (seen on @shadesong on Twitter and here on her journal)

(edited to emphasise reposting)



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upstart_crow
Jun. 16th, 2009 11:10 pm (UTC)
I'm watching as much about the Iranian election as my currently ill state will allow, and wish very much that I could do and write more. But it's incredible.

Like a lot of U.S. Americans were and still are, I will confess I was somewhat suspicious of Iran (not its people necessarily) until seeing an incredible travel doccumentary on PBS that was created, in part, to foster understanding between our two nations. That and the wonderful graphic novel Persepolis really made me re-think and re-evaluate my thoughts on Iran.

I do hope that these protests ultimately go well for everyone there.
natf
Jun. 17th, 2009 11:47 am (UTC)
Thank you for your reply.

Edited at 2009-06-17 11:52 am (UTC)
upstart_crow
Jun. 17th, 2009 08:23 pm (UTC)
OK, in my fatigue I didn't realize this was something that could be reposted. *g* I'll repost later.

In the meantime, can I take that icon?
natf
Jun. 19th, 2009 08:16 am (UTC)
Of course you can. I stole/borrowed/shared it from someone else in the #iranelection twitter-community/hashtag.

edited post slightly at the end

Edited at 2009-06-19 08:21 am (UTC)
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