June 13, 2009 by J. Madson
The election results are official and once again an election has been stolen. The people’s desire for Mousavi has been overturned by the Mullahs and other powerbrokers in Iran.
The real govt (mullahs) declared a winner with predetermined numbers not even attempeting to count the votes. Mousavi has declared himself the winner, in spite of the govt. official line, and there are riots in the streets. The govt has shut down many internet services, but twitters and youtube seem to still be working. We hear now that Moussavi has been put under house arrest and Rafsanjani has resigned or been detained. There’s also a report that Sianat az ara, the election monitors approved by all candidates, has declared the result a fraud. 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.
There are riots in the streets chanting “freedom! freedom! death to our govt.”
bbc news has great footage here
you can follow live blogging of the events here
Nikahang Kosar, Iranian leading cartoonist and blogger
form one of Andrew Sullivan’s readers:
I talked to my brother who is inTehran a couple of hours ago. YouTube is apparently down (filtered). The satellite TV and international radio stations (SW) are also jammed. But apparently a VOA satellite TV station has started to broadcast on a new frequency and so they have access to that. They had also lost the cell-phone service. (The phone system is operated by the Ministry of Technology and Communications; so it is state run.) It really is feeling like a coup.