Iran, riots and violence continue

If like me, you’ve been following the election eruptions in Iran today. Just wanted to post a link from the latest updates as of 2:52 am. Pray for the people in Iran please: and brothers and sisters, don’t forget the Church within its boarders…if you are a believer, you have ‘family’ there.

The link below is to a guy who is ‘live blogging’:

Iran Violence (VIDEO): Protests Erupt, Riot Police Launch Crackdown, by Nico Pitney

(left: A injured supporter of defeated Iranian presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi covers his face during riots in Tehran.)

2:26 AM ET — “U.S. rejects victory claim from Ahmadinejad.” The Associated Press offers a late-night lede:  The U.S. on Saturday refused to accept hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s claim of a landslide re-election victory in Iran and said it was looking into allegations of election fraud. […]

2:33 AM ET — A plan to depose Supreme Leader Khamenei? Trita Parsi, one of the most insightful voices discussing the events in Iran on U.S. news networks, sends over his latest thoughts: Clearly, the anti-Ahmadinejad camp has been taken by surprise and is scrambling for a plan. Increasingly, given their failure to get Khamenei to intervene, their only option seems to be to directly challenge — or threaten to challenge — the supreme leader.

Here’s where the powerful chairman of the Assembly of Experts, Mousavi supporter Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, comes in. Only this assembly has the formal authority to call for Khamenei’s dismissal, and it is now widely assumed that Rafsanjani is quietly assessing whether he has the votes to do so or not.  It may be that the first steps toward challenging Khamenei have already been taken.

2:52 AM ET — The National Iranian American Council notes a message from an Iranian to the United States: “Help us.”

Many videos and more live blogging HERE

9 comments on “Iran, riots and violence continue

  1. Doesn’t matter who wins really, the supreme leader of Iran decides who to bind and who to loose. That anyone in the West even cared for a moment about the outcome is surprising to me. Obama said he was “excited” by the robust debate in Iran. I’m unsure if you could become any more clueless than that. As for these protests, this is good. I never expected a protest, though I am well aware of many good Iranians who despize their government. I didn’t think, however, that there were so many as to cause such a vision. They need to fight, they need to overthrow the bloody Mullahs who stand above them. If they were able to topple the regime, it probably would save the world from the next world war, atleast for a little while.

    By the way, I just broke my promise, didn’t I?

  2. The situation is growing worse Ricardo:

    Obama Expected To Address Iran Unrest At 5PM ET

    LATEST UPDATES: Photos, Video From Rally… State Dept. “Deeply Troubled”…

    LINK: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/06/13/iran-demonstrations-viole_n_215189.html

    And: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,526363,00.html

    • Obama to address Iran unrest? What’s he going to do? Say how troubled he is about it? He has already put alot of stock on “dialog” with Iran to bring about world peace. What’s he going to do? Threaten to invade them? Maybe condemn them? Please, empty words. Iran will do as it pleases because it knows no one will actually punish them. Sanctions are toothless and irrelevant, and Obama has no intention of ever using military force. In fact, Obama has given Iran till the end of the year to see if the “dialog” will actually work. Meanwhile, latest intelligence estimates indicate that Iran will have a nuclear bomb probably before the end of the year. In fact, with the data they are acquiring from the North Korean tests, most likely it won’t take them long at all to develop a missile system that can hold a nuclear device.

    • Obama to address Iran unrest? What’s he going to do? Say how troubled he is about it?

      “I am deeply troubled by the violence that I’ve been seeing on television,” Obama said Monday, more than two days after protests began to break out Saturday in Tehran. “I think that the democratic process, free speech, the ability of people to peacefully dissent — all of those are universal values and need to be respected, and whenever I see violence perpetrated on people who are peacefully dissenting, and whenever the American people see that, I think they are rightfully troubled.”

      “There appears to be a sense of people who were so hopeful and so engaged and so committed to democracy, who now feel betrayed, and I think it’s important that moving forward, whatever investigations that take place are done in a way that does not result in bloodshed, and does not result in people being stifled, in expressing their views.” (6:45 p.m.)
      TO THE IRANIAN PEOPLE: “I would say to them that the world is watching and inspired by their participation, regardless of what the ultimate outcome of the election was. And they should know that the world is watching.” (6:47 p.m.)


      2:05 PM ET — Two more Republicans back Obama’s Iran moves. Spencer Ackerman highlights the comments of former Bush diplomat Nicholas Burns as well as Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN), who told CBS News:

      I think for the moment our position is to allow the Iranians to work out their situation. When popular revolutions occur, they come really from the people. They’re generated by people power within the country. For us to become heavily involved in the election at this point is to give the clergy an opportunity to have an enemy…and to use us, really, to retain their power.


      LATEST UPDATES: State Department Contacts Twitter Over Iran…
      Foreign Press Coverage Banned, Reporters Confined To Hotels…
      Iran Council Agrees To Partial Recount… Ahmadinejad Speaks From Russia…


      one of the video’s posted at ‘LIVE BLOGGING’

  3. And one also wonders about the legitimacy of the “rebel” contender. As I understand it, the candidates were hand picked by the supreme leaders of Iran. This brings to mind the writings of Anatoliy Golitsyn and other KGB defectors who discussed the patterns of disinformation. When you look at these governments, they all use basically the same patterns that the KGB did before the “collapse”. First of all, it is not unheard of for a government to create a false opposition group. Often some KGB agent or other government controlled man would come out as an outspoken critic of the government, somehow able to dodge bullets and avoid death while his friends die left and right for their anti-Communist views, and this man would be able to go very far as an agent of influence against the West, and also in drawing out the real opponents of the regime into the sight of the KGB.

    How does this man who was hand picked by the Iranian government turn out to be a person willing to encourage people to go out into the streets and riot? That’s a dangerous man for a government like Iran, how could the Mullahs have failed to understand him? And why is it that this man, who is encouraging these protests, has not yet been killed or arrested as of yet while people are being shot to death in the street? I just got a Fox News Breaking News email stating 7 people were just now killed. Maybe this man will be arrested eventually, but for some reason I am not confident that he is a real opponent of the regime. If this goes on and if things are as I suspect, they’ll probably wait until the protesters have done something really violent in order to launch a massive crack down against opponents of the regime. This makes sense also if the Iranians are fixing to start problems for the West. They need to remove some loose ends and unify their country as they march forward to nuclear war.

  4. Unless this is Iran’s “perestroika” where Ahmadinejad will be toppled. Of course, any such perestroika would be a joke if the supreme leaders of Iran aren’t also removed from power. There was also another pattern of disinformation written of by Mr. Golitsyn, that is “weakness and evolution” in a totalitarian regime would mean a shift in phases for some long range strategy. That be pretty interesting to see!

  5. Wow, review the Live Blogging. It’s getting alot worse tonight.

  6. That’s a very inspiring video; however, unless a miracle happens I don’t expect anything positive to come out of this.

  7. [QUOTE]When popular revolutions occur, they come really from the people. They’re generated by people power within the country. For us to become heavily involved in the election at this point is to give the clergy an opportunity to have an enemy…and to use us, really, to retain their power.[/QUOTE]

    They already are, the Iranian state media is using clips of USA news broadcasts to support the theory that the “riots” are caused by foreign intervention. It doesn’t really matter what we do or don’t do, the media over there will still blame the USA or the “zionists”.

    I notice, however, that the Iranian people are heavily connected to the internet. That’s a bit of a wild card for the Iranian government, it means the people have access to the truth.

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