Iran’s cities now awash with “terrorists”-updated

<b>Update:</b> Al Arabiya is reporting Iran’s clergy and Assembly of Experts are meeting in Quom and discussing the possibility of scrapping the Khomeini governance structure in favor of a new collective rule, eliminating the position of Supreme Leader. They are also dicussing removing Mahmoud Ahmadinejad from office for his conduct regarding the protests.

Some quick updates on the goings on in Iran:

As the title of this post infers, the Iranian government is now referring to those protesting as “terrorists” and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in reaction to comments made by both US and UK leadership, has insisted the two countries stop meddling in his affairs:
<blockquote>Definitely by hasty remarks you will not be placed in the circle of friendship with the Iranian nation. Therefore I advise you to correct your interfering stances.</blockquote>

The popular uprising now has a new face (and martyr) and her name is Neda. Yesterday a graphic video depicting a young woman dying on the street after being shot by basiji soldier went global in a hurry. The video (one of the more disturbing things I’ve seen, so consider yourself warned) can be found here and has sparked outrage the world over.

Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri has called for three days of mourning for slain protesters and called the governments actions “religiously prohibited.”

Five family members of former president Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani have been arrested for “provoking riots.”

Internet collective Anonymous, perhaps best known for it’s campaign against Scientology, has set up a forum to help Iranians stay a step ahead of the government online.

Michigan congressman Pete Hoekstra (apparantly about as bright as a broken hammer) suffered a large and sarcastic backlash after tweeting:
<blockquote>Iranian twitter activity similar to what we did in House last year when Republicans were shut down in the House.</blockquote>

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7 Responses to Iran’s cities now awash with “terrorists”-updated

  1. feeblemind says:

    We have seen faked/staged photography out of the Middle East before. How much of the Youtube stuff is genuine? Or does it matter at this point if it is authentic or not? I am not defending the mullahs. I just remember watching this theatre before in 1979. ‘Free Iran!’ was the cry and the Iranian people gave us the ayatollahs. I am watching the scene unfold with a great deal of cynicism. Re Pete Hoekstra: Maybe next time he can be described as ‘bright as a burned out light bulb’?

  2. Carl says:

    Feeblemind, have you watched the video of the girl dying? It’s real. Moreover, in 1979 the Iranians gave themselves the ayatollahs, not you, and by all accounts, until about a week ago, seemingly were content to keep them around. Perhaps by viewing events through such an auto-centric and cynical lens you are missing the point.

  3. wufiavelli says:

    Has anyone here checked out the terror free tomorrow poll. Was a survey done by phone before the election and it predicted an even bigger win for Ahmadinejad.

    A lot of that was due to people not voting in the first place.

  4. von Kaufman-Turkestansky says:

    Very disturbing video. I would not expect justice here.
    But is any of this about the aspirations of people to create a just society? This aricle by M K Bhadrakumar in Asia Times provides an interesting point of view:
    http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/KF23Ak02.html

    “Mousavi kindled hopes in the West – notably London, Paris and Berlin – and some “pro-West” Arab capitals. But then, that was because he was a known factor as foreign minister and then prime minister during 1981-89. The issue was never that he was a modernist or reformer. To quote Taheri, the well-informed chronicler of the Middle East, Mousavi when he was in power, “developed a wide network of contacts in the US, Europe and the Arab countries”.”

  5. Roy Berman says:

    wufiavelli: at this point who should have/would have/did win the original vote is irrelevant. The government’s violent and oppressive reaction to the protests has completely changed the terms of the game, whatever the end result will be.

  6. R. Elgin says:

    Also, “wufiavelli”, this is about more than a stolen election or “iffy” polls but about a disenfranchised Iranian public that is tired being threatened and coerced at almost every step they take. This protest will not end in threats because threats are no longer enough to contain the discontent.

  7. Wufiavelli says:

    http://www.juancole.com/2009/06/terror-free-tomorro-poll-did-not.html

    K found a good read on the terror free tomorrow poll.

    Besides the obvious mentioned above this is actually an important sticking point and can help us read what is going on.