14 June 2009

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad wins, Hussein Moussavi protests

A supporter of Iran's hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad holds up a poster bearing his picture during a massive rally to celebrate his victory in the presidential elections in Tehran's Valiasr square on June 14, 2009. Ahmadinejad defended his June 12 re-election but his defeated rival, Mir Hossein Mousavi, demanded the result be scrapped, setting the stage for further tense confrontations after the authorities cracked down on opposition protests.- Getty Image

Saturday, June 13, 2009
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was declared the official winner of Iran's presidential election on Saturday afternoon. According to the Interior Ministry, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won 62% of the vote. Mir Hussein Moussavi, the leading opposition candidate took just under 34%. However, supporters of Moussavi believed that Ahmadinejad cheated on the election and they are now putting their anger to the streets.

Ahmadinejad Re-Elected; Protests Flare
Riot police officers used batons and tear gas against thousands of demonstrators in the worst street protests in a decade. Witnesses reported that at least one person had been shot dead in clashes with the police in Vanak Square in Tehran. Smoke from burning vehicles and tires hung over the city late Saturday.

In a statement posted on his campaign Moussavi's website, he said: "Today the people’s will has been faced with an amazing incident of lies, hypocrisy and fraud. I call on my Iranian compatriots to remain calm and patient."

Iranian supporters of defeated Iranian presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi are followed by Iranian riot-police in front of Tehran university during riots in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, June 14, 2009. Iranian youth opposed to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad took to the streets Sunday, setting trash dumpsters and tires on fire, in a second day of clashes triggered by voter fraud claims.

And here is another one: Moussavi is Arrested
According to phone reports from inside Iran, there are rumors that Mousavi is under house arrest. Also, Mohsen Mirdamadi, the head of the Islamic Iran Participation Front has reportedly been arrested

About 200 police forces have surrounded the newspaper offices of Etemademelli and Green Word, holding at least 30 journalist inside. The fate of the journalists is not known. According to Mousavi’s website: On Friday evening Iran time, and in the middle of live internet coverage by Mowj-e Sevom (Third Wave), several officers without uniform and without a warrant attacked the office of Mowj-e Sevom in Gheytariyeh, Tehran and threatened the journalists and others who were there for interviews, beating them up and using tear gas. Protests are continuing in Valiasr, Tajrish and Vanak streets. There are rumors that four people have been killed so far. This has not been confirmed.

Source: salaswildthoughts.blogspot.com


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