iran on fire: elections, questions & protests

civil unrest in iranian cities after ahmadinejad declares victory

civil unrest in iranian cities after ahmadinejad declares victoryfrom wikinews: Protests, riots and violence broke out in cities in Iran Saturday night following an election which many in Iran and the world say was fraudulent. Demonstrations took place late into the night, with waves of police fighting protestors in Tehran, Shiraz, Mashad and Rasht.

Protesters chanting “Death to the dictator!” occupied major streets around Tehran, with roadblocks being set up against police. Tear gas has been deployed against protestors in the upscale Valiasr Street district of Tehran as well as at the University of Tehran.

The protestors are supporters of Mir-Hossein Mousavi, a candidate in the Iranian presidential election. Mousavi accuses the Iranian government of “appalling” fraud after it reported that the nation’s current president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who had been expected to receive less than 50% of the vote and have to face Mousavi in a runoff election, received 62%. Addressing officials in an open letter, Mousavi said, “this country has been through a grand Islamic revolution and the least message of this revolution is that our nation is alert and will oppose anyone who aims to seize the power against the law.” The protesters, reports say, do not seek to overthrow the Islamic regime, which has been in place in Iran since 1979, but instead to reform it.

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iran negs ahmadinejad?*
US media makes americans fear the intentions of iran*
riots erupt in tehran over ‘stolen’ election*
israelis back ahmadinejad (while holding their noses)*
US monitoring reports of ‘irregularities’ in iranian election*
chavez congratulates ahmadinejad*
landside win for ahmadinejad*
neocons claim iranian elections don’t matter*
US rejects victory claim by iran’s ahmadinejad*
protests hit tehran after ahmadinejad wins*
in wake of mass protests, iran cuts off cell phones, youtube, facebook*
top cleric calls for inquiry as protesters defy ban in iran*
iran’s tweets: windows into protests – or digital mirrors?*
activists launch hack attacks on tehran regime*
shots fired at huge iran protest*
iran election: state moves to end ‘facebook revolution’*
video: 7 protesters killed in iran; supreme leader agrees to recount*
web attacks expand in iran’s cyber battle*
what if ahmadinejad really won?*
cia’s iranian plan*
the ‘bomb iran’ contingent’s newfound concern for the iranian people*
some dots you may want to connect*
are you ready for war with a demonized iran?*
iran protest cancelled as leaked election results show ahmadinejad came in 3rd*
crunching iranian election numbers for evidence of fraud*
ahmadinejad stresses need for a new world order*

updates from jun18:
with unrest in iran, cyber-attacks begin*
iran’s ayatollah ali khamenei says limited recount possible*
twitter is a player in iran’s drama*
convergence & continuity: the american-backed terror campaign in iran*
state dept speaks to twitter over iran*
tehran threatens bloggers & ‘deviant news sites’*
new protest builds as iran expands its crackdown*
soccer protest: iran players show support for mousavi*
sarkozy says iran election a ‘fraud’*
white house: US not meddling in iran’s affair*
defying crackdown, mousavi’s supporters march again*
america – like iran – has been run by religious fanatics*
video: iran expert says this is ‘just the beginning’*
iran activists get assist from ‘anonymous,’ pirate bay*
supreme leader to speak out as silent, angry protests continue*
US funds terror groups to sow chaos in iran*
bbc caught in mass public deception with iran propaganda*
kissinger: obama is handling the situation in iran well*
video: kissinger threatens regime change in iran if coup fails*
iranian elections: the ‘stolen elections’ hoax*
abc’s jim sciutto’s twitter account ‘hijacked’ by pro-iranian govt messengers*

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