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1 Iranian Dead, As Shots Fired At Rally

From Reuters:

Demonstrators head towards Azadi (freedom) square during a rally in support of defeated presidential candidate Mirhossein Mousavi in western Tehran June 15, 2009.

One Iranian dead as shots fired at Mousavi rally

By Parisa Hafezi and Fredrik Dahl

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran’s hardline Islamic Basij militiamen killed at least one person on Monday and wounded more when their building was attacked by demonstrators protesting an election they say was stolen by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

An Iranian photographer at the scene witnessed the shooting, which came during a demonstration by tens of thousands in the capital Tehran in support of opposition candidate Mirhossein Mousavi who has appealed the election result.

Shooting was heard in three districts of northern Tehran, residents said.

Members of Iran’s security forces have at times fired into the air during two days of the Iranian capital’s most violent unrest since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, and used batons to beat protesters who have pelted police with stones.

Shouting "Allahu Akbar" (God is greatest), the crowds earlier converged on Revolution Square, where Mousavi addressed part of the crowd through a loud hailer [bull horn] and held his fists clenched above his head, in a sign of victory.

The protest took place in defiance of an Interior Ministry ban and was a reply to Ahmadinejad’s state-organized victory rally, which also drew vast crowds to Azadi Square on Sunday.

Supporters stretching along several kilometers (miles) of a Tehran boulevard waved green flags, Mousavi’s campaign colors, and held portraits of him aloft as they tried to take pictures on their cell phones — even though his words could not be heard above the noise of the crowd.

Iran’s state television said Mousavi, smiling and looking relaxed in a striped shirt, had said he was ready in case the election was re-run.

"Mousavi, take back our votes," the marchers chanted before Mousavi appeared, along with other pro-reform leaders who backed his call for Friday’s election result to be overturned…

Apparently, Iran has shut down its internet access, as well.

It’s been very hard to get through to Iranian sites for some time now.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, June 15th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “1 Iranian Dead, As Shots Fired At Rally”

  1. tranquil.night says:

    How is Barry going to respond to this? His silence thus far is deafening. Rush played a great clip today of Bush on America’s commitment to the support of those who rise up in the name of freedom and this is a complete 180 from that – and there’s NO WAY to sweet talk that.

    He’d probably give a good chunk of missing stimulus and TARP money to see this reaction to election fraud, in Iran of all places, go away. If a faux election won’t fly in Iran without having to take technology back to the stone-age (most govt websites were hacked, including Ahmadi’s, and flooded to capacity with traffic), that’s big trouble for his future plans.

    But the 64 trillion Yuan question here is where’s Mousavi’s commitment since he’s the figure they’re rallying behind.

    From jelenawoehr RT: @jadi: Mousavi: People are standing for their right and I am ready to pay any price to defend your ideals

    • beautyofreason says:

      Right on, tranquil. :) I heard that clip on Rush as well and the moral fortitude of the Bush administration against tyranny was a welcome change from the platitudes of our current one.

      Obama has pinned his hopes on diplomatic engagement with Iran. The fake election (underscoring the fake republic) puts him in a bad light by showing the ugly side of the government he wants to negotiate with. How can a country that rigs the votes of millions be expected to come clean about its nuclear ambitions in talks with the big Satan (a.k.a. U.S.) ?

  2. canary says:

    Well, with the Obama’s Fairness Doctrine Act he is still pursuing, Soda-mayor will come in handy for that, and his militant org’s, Obama is probably taking notes for future reference. Both candidates want to nuke us, anyways.

    Is Oboma’s 4th of July invitation to NY for the winner, still on the table?

    • tranquil.night says:

      Mousavi is talking the talk but he needs to walk the walk. I think you’re right – if he’s going to get US support he needs to make clear that he’s going to end the nuclear program.

    • beautyofreason says:

      Well, to be honest, tranquil, Mousavi is not very different from Mr. A. He founded the terrorist group Hezbollah, hates Jews and also wants to develop the nuclear program. He’s just a lighter version of the current leader.

      Iran isn’t going to get U.S. support anytime soon. One poll showed that over 50% of Iranians want to develop nukes and 60% believe that all Muslims should fight Israel until it no longer exists – no truces, no tolerance, no peace.

      Most power rests in the “supreme leader,” who is unelectable and as conservative as Mr.A. I’m glad to see some debate but I am not optimistic that anything about Iran will change.

  3. NotStuckOnStupid says:

    Iranian protesters are using twitter to communicate to each other. If you twitter, please read:

    Cyberwar guide for Iran elections

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