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Tehran ‘Eerily Calm’ – Death Toll At 17

From a relieved Associated Press:

An amateur video uploaded to YouTube on Sunday shows a mass of protesters marching and shouting what the video blogger translates as: “Have no fear, we are all together,” and then “Down with dictator.” The video is said to be of a demonstration on Sunday on Shirazi St. in Tehran.

In Tehran, an eerie calm as death toll jumps to 17

By Nasser Karimi And William J. Kole, Associated Press Writers

TEHRAN, Iran – An eerie calm settled over the streets of Tehran Sunday as state media reported at least 10 more deaths in post-election unrest and said authorities arrested the daughter and four other relatives of ex-President Hashemi Rafsanjani, one of Iran’s most powerful men.

The reports brought the official death toll for a week of boisterous confrontations to at least 17. State television inside Iran said 10 were killed and 100 injured in clashes Saturday between demonstrators contesting the result of the June 12 election and black-clad police wielding truncheons, tear gas and water cannons.

Police and members of Iran’s Basij militia took up positions Sunday afternoon on major streets and squares, including the site of Saturday’s clashes, but there was no immediate word on whether protesters were gathering.

Iran’s regime continued to impose a blackout on the country’s most serious internal conflict since the 1979 Islamic Revolution…

State-run Press TV reported that Rafsanjani’s eldest daughter, Faezeh Hashemi, and four other family members were arrested late Saturday. It did not identify the other four.

Last week, state television showed images of Hashemi, 46, speaking to hundreds of supporters of opposition candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi. After her appearance, hard-line students gathered outside the Tehran prosecutor’s office and accused her of treason, state radio reported.

Rafsanjani, 75, has made no secret of his distaste for Ahmadinejad, whose re-election victory in a June 12 vote was disputed by Mousavi. Ahmadinejad has accused Rafsanjani and his family of corruption.

The influential Rafsanjani now heads two very powerful groups. The most important one is the Assembly of Experts, made up of senior clerics who can elect and dismiss the supreme leader. The second is the Expediency Council, a body that arbitrates disputes between parliament and the unelected Guardian Council, which can block legislation.

His daughter’s arrest came as something of a surprise: Just Friday, Khamenei had praised Rafsanjani as one of the architects of the revolution and an effective political figure for many years. Khamenei acknowledged, however, that the two have "many differences of opinion."

Underscoring how the protesters have become emboldened despite the regime’s repeated and ominous warnings, witnesses said some shouted "Death to Khamenei!" at Saturday’s demonstrations — another sign of once unthinkable challenges to the virtually limitless authority of the country’s most powerful figure.

Sunday’s state media reports also said rioters set two gas stations on fire and attacked a military post in clashes Saturday. They quoted the deputy police chief claiming officers did not use live ammunition to dispel the crowds…

There was some confusion about the death toll. English-language Press TV, which is broadcast only outside the country, put the toll at 13 and labeled those who died "terrorists." There was no immediate explanation for the discrepancy…

Iran has imposed strict controls on foreign media covering the unrest, saying correspondents cannot go out into the streets to report.

Reporters Without Borders said 20 journalists were arrested over the past week. The British Broadcasting Corp. said Sunday that its Tehran-based correspondent, Jon Leyne, had been asked to leave the country…

For the record, Iran’s Press TV is now reporting:

Four Rafsanjani relatives released

Sun, 21 Jun 2009

Four close relatives of Iran’s Expediency Council Chairman Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani, who had been arrested for provoking unrest, have been released.

An Iranian security official told Press TV that Rafsanjani’s daughter, Faezeh, is still under arrest.

The five, who had been arrested last night according to reports, included Faezeh Hashemi and her daughter, as well as Hossein Mar’ashi’s wife, daughter, and sister-in-law — Mar’ashi is a cousin to Hashemi-Rafsanjani’s wife.

For the record, Rafsanjani is no saint. He was the man Ahmadinejhad beat in the ‘elections’ of 2005. He has been involved in numerous bombings, hostage takings and other murders.

He is also the richest man in Iran. Just as all of these acetic Muslim clerics are amazingly rich.

In the final analysis, these power mad Mullahs who run Iran aren’t going to give up power as easily as the Shah of Iran did.

(Of course it helped that all of the Shah’s allies turned on him. Something that the Russians and Chinese will never do to the Mullahs.)

For Mr. Obama to quote Martin Luther King, Jr. to these monsters, just shows how little he understands the situation. Despite having lived on three continents where there are Muslims.

These ‘holymen’ cannot be shamed or embarrassed into relinquishing their grip on Iran.

They have no conscience.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, June 21st, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Tehran ‘Eerily Calm’ – Death Toll At 17”

  1. Media_man says:

    Through his weak and tepid response to the incredible bravery of the Iran protesters, Obama has been revealed as the clueless jug eared idiot that he is. This is Obama’s Katrina moment. He’s toast.

  2. beautyofreason says:

    “These ‘holymen’ cannot be shamed or embarrassed into relinquishing their grip on Iran. ”

    Of course. In the last day I have heard accounts from Iranian bloggers and video posts showing many human rights abuses, including:

    16-year-old girl sniped and killed from militia from a rooftop
    Helicopters dumping lye or another caustic chemical onto crowds
    Gunmen randomly firing into crowds
    Water hoses shot into crowds
    Several dead unarmed young men
    Estimates of dead range from 17 (Iranian government) to 150 (unconfirmed)
    Basij busting down the doors at night of people suspected to participate in the protests
    Wide swaths of arrested protesters sent to Evin prison (a political prison known for torture)
    Stationing basij around foreign embassies that have opened their doors to treat wounded
    Iranian slam on all media leaking out from the country (internet, journalists, etc)
    Iranian Press TV refers to protesters and dead as “terrorists groups” clashing with police

    The mullahs are not holy, yet they will present their cooked election and bloodshed as the will of their god, as tyrants heading theocracies can so easily do. The election was already unfair because it eliminated most reformist candidates and represents only a small percentage of the political power of Iran – much unelectable. Yet the government cooked the numbers anyway. They have no shame.

    • tranquil.night says:

      That was mostly just yesterday when it was widely acknowledged that the cheese hit the fan. There’s been countless arrests – which probably means torture – and raids of university students, protesters, and civ reporters since day one as the regime tried it’s damndest to scare, disrupt, and isolate the people into not letting it get to this point. If Khamenei/Ahmadi falls I wouldn’t be surprised to see human rights violations much worse than we know – although it’d be hard to match Saddam.

  3. MinnesotaRush says:

    o-blah-blah (the putz) will step in for sure when they start waterboarding.

    Uh huh. Righhhhhhht.

  4. bronzeprofessor says:

    Sadly, one of the stories I came across — I think it was WSJ — had the sentence: “in a crackdown, police and state troops brought calm to Teheran.” Stunned, I went back to the same page later and saw the writer had changed his wording to sound less twisted.

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