<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>