Monday, June 29, 2009

Militia snipers shooting people

Since protested started for the fraudulent election results, unofficial reports suggest more than 150 people have been killed by Basij militia backed by revolutionary guards. Iranian state-own TV says 17 people killed and they accused terrorists for killings. But hey what can we expect? Since Ahmadinejad called protesters “Dust” and state-own TV accused people for vandalizing and spying of foreign services; of course they would deny regime’s militias are killing people and they are responsible for terrors on streets.

This video clip shows Baisj militia shooting with snipers from a roof at protesters on June 20, 2009.

It seems they had "shoot to kill" order because most people got shot in head or above chest which it proves regime took repressive measures to shutdown protests.

Related videos: Shot, killed by Basij militia on June 20 and Behind the scene of a protest

Ghoba Mosque Protest

Despite government permission to demonstrate at Tehran’s Ghoba mosque to honor an assassinated cleric, armed forces were turning people back on the main street (Shariati st) on June 28, 2009. Also armed forces clashed with protesters around Ghoba mosque and in Tehran streets.

In this video people heading towards the mosque and chanting "death to dictator":

This video shows people chanting in front of the mosque:

This video shows one of presidential candidates, Karroubi joins to protesters. It seems Mousavi didn't attend to demonstrations; it is rumored that he is arrested:

Protesters chanting in support of Mousavi and karroubi in streets around the Ghoba mosque:

Here there were clashes among protesters and armed forces but in this video some of protesters stop people from harling stons at armed forces. They say we are all Iranians; Protesters try to gain compassion of armed forces by reminding them that they are child of the very same country so they shouldn’t beat protesters. Basically protesters are trying to shake their conscience.

This video shows inside of the Ghoba mosque:

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Armed forces on the streets of Tehran

Armed forces are everywhere on the streets of Tehran on June 28, 2009.

Stand By Me

Wow, Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora and Iranian singer Andy sing "Stand by me". The beginning of lyrics is in Persian language but it turns to English very soon and it is wonderful.

I have always asked for artists to come forward and take part in moving society. We all know how icons can easily motivate people to do the right thing. I am happy and thankful to see these guys are sending this nice message out there.

By the way, I have to pay my tribute to Michael Jackson. He was an icon and no one would deny it. I would say he set new grounds for music industry and forever changed it. Iranians love him, specially middle class and above that could have access to his shows and songs.

Hat tips: Iranians for Human Rights and Democracy and minatalebli

Militia playing with fire, getting on fire

This video shot on June 20, 2009 when a group of Basij militia shot live bullets towards protesters from rooftop of a mosque so people set the mosque on fire. I should explain that most of mosques are Basij militia stations in Iran.

Winston reported that 8 basij militia died in mosque fire.

I predicated the day that Iranians realize how religious tyranny got power from their religious belief so they would turn back on the religious non-sense and destroy religious signs, symbols, mosques and clergies. I guess my dream slowly, very slowly is coming true. I guess Iranians are getting out of religion a bit and that’s a good start to get rid of theocracy.

Dark ages didn’t disappear by chance, Europeans suffered centuries under oppression of religious tyranny and when people realized that religion has kept them from growing, they got rid of it and they paved the way for modernization.

Shot in head by Basij militia

This video contains disturbing graphic content, please be warned if you are going to watch it.

At 1:20 you hear a gun shot and if you look at head of the arrow, you see one man drop dead right at the time when you hear gun shot. Cameraman reported that Basij militia shot the young guy in head. The guy died right there in no time and when people noticed it, they start to chant “I kill who killed my brother”.

But at heart they know that empty hands and stones don’t go well with guns and heavy armed forces!

Violence in Baharestan Square - June 24 report

I know I am lagging behind, I am sorry please bear with me.

On Wednesday June 24, all shops and roads end to Baharestan was shutdown by secuirity forces early in day to prepare to crackdown without trouble of shops being open and perhaps to capture the violence on video from their shops. They didn’t want any witness for the violence that was going to take place.

By looking at Baharestan sq. (Meydan-e-Baharestan colored in green in the middle of map) we could expect heavy deployment of armed forces in “109 Police station”, Parliament house, Islamic guidance ministry and a Mosque near to Baharestan sq. and they were about 10,000 armed forces surrounded the square. I have to explain that armed forces that nowadays suppress people are revolutionary guards, Basij militia (usually plainclothes), riot police and plainclothes security forces.

They were shutdown traffic in square, and dispersed people violently from side walks. When I write violent, I mean they used tear gas, and attacked people with baton and clubs. No matter if you were protester or just a by passer, almost everyone got hit. After Subway station (Metro Station) got crowded they shut down subway station too and dispersed all people out of station, well, again with brutal force.

Basically armed forces didn’t give people chance to come together in Baharestan sq. to protest. So all protests happened around this square, one block south of the major street that some people thrown down of a bridge and couple of blocks to the west, on the right side in Jomhuri street.

Also cell phone service was shutdown in the area. There were gunshots but I don’t know about injured or death toll of the protests on Wednesday June 24, 2009. Aforementioned report produced according to an eyewitness account.

Citizentube explains that following video was shot by someone standing inside a tall building looking down at the street below:
At around 01:44 you see a lots of people start running down the middle of the street as sirens blare loudly. It's not entirely clear who is chasing who, and it gets even more confusing starting at around 03:00 when people start climbing on top of cars and aggregating in the middle of what appears to be a six-lane roadway. At 03:30 a large mass of people - a mix of protesters and Basij - seem to be brawling with one another. People are trapped up against cars and other people as they aggressively fight with one another.

At 4:05 you see one fearless protester wearing green - the color of Mousavi's supporters - throw something at a group of Basij on motorcycles. Then another protester holding a long green sheet of cloth tries to run through a group of Basij and is beaten right there in the middle of the crosswalk.

The video continues for another five minutes. You can see police motorbikes being lit on fire, massive traffic jams piling up, and people re-gathering in the middle of a large intersection as they chant loudly.

Also here is another video:

Iranians shall overcome tyranny

Joan Baez sings "We Shall Overcome" with some lyrics in Persian language for people of Iran. It seems these days Iranian news affected people around the globe.

Thanks Joan and yes, we shall overcome.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Paralysing Mullahs’ Regime

There has been always a strong correlation between the structure of power in Iran and oil. Not only industry and services are heavily dependent on oil revenue, but also in a larger scale all repressive forces and institutions of dictatorial regimes rely on it. Oil production in Iran is not only at the service of development of country, but mainly at the interests of the corrupt ruling elite and especially survival of their oppressive regime.

In the case of the IRI, oil is the greatest income of state mafia which makes the regime possible to set up their repressive institutions, propaganda machine, thousands of plain clothes thugs to beat up angry people, apologist groups in the West, sold intellectuals from various factions of the regime who propagate that any the regime is both legitimate and can be reformed within its constitution, and terrorist groups to advance the IRI agenda in and out of the country. The regime also spends a part of this Iranian national resource to help the two Islamist terrorist groups, Hamas, Hezbollah to prevent peaceful solutions in the region.

The U.N. Security Council resolutions and EU have already mentioned the possibility of oil sanctions on the IRI due to its nuclear ambitions and its strategy to export violence in the region. In the light of such resolutions and added to them the ongoing brutalities after the coup, the world must timely step up: sanction on fuel supplies to Iran is the first step to shake off the regime and is now widely expected by both Iranians and the international community.

The domestic consume of gasoline is estimated 75 million litres a day, of which 36 million is imported from India. If the gasoline delivery is stopped, Iran’s domestic consummation, including that of the repressive machine, of the regime, can be paralysed within a week. In such a case the heroic people of Iran can better do the rest to send the whole regime in the dustbin of history.

India supplies a great part of the needed gasoline which helps the Mullahs’ regime to survive– it imports Iranian crude oil and exports to Iran gasoline after refining. In a perspective of an international solidarity with the oppressed people of Iran in struggle against the illegitimate regime of coup d’état, India as the biggest democracy of the world can play an important factor to side with the freedom-loving people of Iran in their struggle against the totalitarian IRI in Iran.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Who killed Neda?

The doctor who tried to save Neda before she bled to death on street was witnessing her death with bloody pain. He talks about Neda's last moments to BBC.

He, among other protesters in that street witnessed that a Basiji militia shot her to death. Just watch above video.

Iran's ambassador to Mexico, Mohammad Hassan Ghadiri, “It is not clear who killed who. Terrorists were among the demonstrators. Some armed people have attacked police, naturally, we have to respond.”

I would say either his blind or he is terrible at propaganda. Didn’t he know that people across the world watch videos of this regime criminal’s behavior? Doesn’t he know that Basij militia is a section of revolutionary guards (IRGC)? And doesn’t he know that they are armed and in plainclothes like security forces? I bet he does.

Here is the question for you Mr. Ambassador, you know you are lying but perhaps it is your job requirement but you can be honorable person and speak out the truth. Anyway would you tell me why only protesters got shot? Why most of them got shot in head, neck and chest? If people had gun, why didn’t Basij militia get shot? Why riot police didn’t get shot? If you were smart you could think about these questions before come lying on TV despite the fact this is the regime that commits violence against protesters.

Here is another video that shows after Basij militia clashed with people, running away because people outnumbered them and one of them shoots at people. Or watch all videos here on this blog to see who shot who.

By the way, Paulo Coelho on his blog explains how he got the video at the first place and his back and forth emails with Arash Hejazi, the doctor in Neda's video, the doctor that spoke with BBC.

Tribute to Neda; We are all Neda

Everyone I know either in real life or through the cyberspace who heard about Neda’s senseless murder by Islamic Iran’s regime, touched by her innocent death in cold blood. I am not sure how her family is gonna get peace because Iranian regime even didn’t permit her family to hold memorial for Neda; and buried her in hurry.

But we can keep her story alive and make sure her blood shall not go in vain. I hope it brings peace to her family.

Here on the net, somewhere that oppressor can’t stop memorials to take place, people of world have memorial for Neda. We are waiting to see you here.

Persian language song

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

What would you say or do when Police vandalize?

Riot police vandalizing, first they break glasses of door and a car then they are kicking door to break in. Seriously is anybody watching these scenes? How about UN? Where on the earth police vandalize and get away with it? Here, it seems they have order to destroy as much as they can. I have more evidences that I will upload later.

Police supposed to protect but they are torturing souls

The guy in video doesn’t even resist but still they kick him, grab his hair and beat him with baton. They are trying to break him and take away his pride by agony but they don’t know they can’t take away people’s dream.

During recent protests hundreds of people have been arrested and they reported they have been subject to brutal tortures to coerce detainees to confess to i.e. “getting paid by Mousavi campaign” or “being spy for foreign countries” and/or “being terrorists” and stuff like this. But people don’t have anything to tell them so they keep torturing physically and mentally to break them down.

Movement Improves In Iran

After Iran’s disputed presidential election, we have three different categories of people who now challenge the regime by taking to the streets:

The first category belongs to a Muslim population who voted for Mousavi or Karoubi by conviction; they still capitalise their hope in reforms within the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The second one is those who voted for one of the "reformists" as a "catalyst” to ease the way for a secular and democratic regime. They voted for them as the lesser evils, hoping to have one of them pave the way toward freedom and secularism in the future.

And the third category belongs to the Iranians who boycotted the election and want an immediate democratic and secular regime on the ruins of the IRI.

Without bringing up the value of democracy and democracy, without denouncing the 30-year-old IRI human rights violations, the first category is a hollow bubble which either disappears soon or must be transformed, materialised, and polarised into a national freedom movement close to the ideals of the second, and especially the third category.

Now, according to the news coming from the ongoing anti-regime protests in and outside the country, the second category is joining the third one to the point that the Iranian youth do not want to risk their lives for the survival of such a regime under any form. They start casting doubt on the legitimacy of the regime and will join the third category which wants a total elimination of the IRI.

By asserting that the first category is not hostile to IRI survival, the regime will try to find a compromise with Mousavi or Karoubi to halt uncontrolled development of the movement. This is also an option which is desired by Mullahs' international partners and all IRI lobby groups in the West which, among others, broker the IRI state mafia with the western Oil Companies and military investors.

The regime is highly prudent; therefore, it reinforces its troops on the streets. The IRI tries to separate "reformists" from the "agents of foreign enemies" or in fact from the second and third categories which are rapidly increasing. Khamenei openly threatened them in front of three hundred followers and plainclothes at the last Friday prayers, telling them to join the establishment before it is too late.

What concerns all secular and democrats is that we should avoid any mistrust and confusion which may result in an unnecessary rupture of these three different categories; it will be vital to focus on the unity of our nation in their fair struggles against the plague of the IRI as long as unity is possible; only thus will the first two categories get closer to the third category and so make regime change possible.

Only thanks to the unity, a possible desertion of state troops and their solidarity with their people can be expected. It would not matter to which category people belong.

This spontaneous movement improves and like any spontaneous movement it needs tactical phases to achieve its strategy.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

What’s going on in Iran? (II)

This video is a short recap of what is going on in Iran nowadays. It simply explains what’s happening and why people are protesting.

To watch first episode of this video, click here.

Monday, June 22, 2009

People shouting: Filth liar! We vote for Mousavi!

Last night, June 21, 2009, people shout "god is great" on their rooftops and some came on streets. In this video people shout "filth liar (towards Khamenie and Ahmadinejad), we vote for Mousavi!" and then continued by shouting "zealous Iranian, support us support us!"

Location: Tehran, Iran

Protest continues despite bloody crackdown

June 21, 2009 A day after bloody crackdown of peaceful protesters by Basij militia, riot police and revolutionary guards, people still came out and rally on streets. Well, armed police and militia were heavy on capital streets.

At 0:56 one person says in Persian language:
Whole world is watching you, don't be afraid!

Wounded by militia bullets

This video contains disturbing graphic content, please be warned if you are going to watch it.

Video shows two men who got shot by Basij militia are bleeding and a group of protesters trying to help them. I guess this video taken on June 20, 2009.

Once Gandhi said:
"Freedom is never dear at any price. It is the breath of life. What would a man not pay for living?"
and these young men and women are doing nothing less than Gandhi said, their giving their lives to taste freedom.

Behind the scene of a protest

These videos contain disturbing graphic content, please be warned if you are going to watch it.

Man behind of camera is trying to show every detail of a protest in a street on June 20, 2009.

Islamic government launched brutal and full force crackdown on protesters so people were scattered in streets around Revolution square and Freedom Square. So there have been different videos on different locations from people protesting and clashing with government forces, riot police and paramilitary forces.

At some point in above videos, people shout “Death to dictator!” in above clips which they mean supreme leader Khamenei.

Shot, killed by Basij militia on June 20

These videos contain disturbing graphic content, please be warned if you are going to watch it.

Take a look at detail version of this video, here

Videos show people who shot and killed by Basij militia during protest in Tehran on Saturday June 20, 2009.

Rumors suggest more than 150 people shot to dead by Basij milita. Even state-own media confirmed 13 dead, although they called them terrorists. Like always, state-own media is extremely censoring news about these protests and violent government backed Basij militia. Well, it is called state-own media!

Ist Obama "Ein Tehraner"?

While the, once prudent, EU leaders like Brown, Sarkozy, and Merkel now openly crticise IRI brutalities against Iranian civil demonstrators, Obama remains reluctant. on Iran’s disputed election, Obama said in his last interview in CNBC "not productive, given the history of U.S.-Iranian relations, to be seen as meddling." This seems an outdated excuse, especially for the Iranian youth who are challenging the Ahamadinejad's re-election as a result of a "coup" plotted by the IRI.

Mr. Obama can be rightfully sorry for the 1953 coup, but his sorriness does not justify his reluctance toward another coup, namely the IRI 2009 coup. Obama’s position on IRI's post-election brutalities seems an option which is not followed by many human rights activists, US politicians, and even some of his fellow Democrats, including his cabinet members like Clinton and Binden.

How about the values of human rights, what was an apparent tradition, if not a lip service, of his fellow Democrats, Kennedy, Carter, and Al Gore?

A 48-year-old President Kennedy’s sentence “Ich bin ein Berliner” is known by any school kid in Germany. It has been repetitively mentioned during President Obama’s two visits of Germany both before and after his election.

Millions of Tehrani demonstrators who now brace for recognition of their fair struggles would ask themselves if Obama finally speaks up saying "Ich bin ein Tehraner"?

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Revolutionary guards arresting two men

These two men followed by group of revolutionary guards, riot police and Basij militia into a dead-end alley on June 20, 2009. Government forces swear two men and threats them “if they don’t keep their heads down, he will break their head”. Man behind of camera is hiding and helplessly cursing forces quietly.

You can hear gunshot on background at 1:15.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Iran Election: Protesters clashed with riot police

Thousands of people peacefully headed to rally in response to Mr. Mousavi and in protest to fraudulent election result in Tehran on Saturday June, 20, 2009 but militia (backed by revolutionary guards) and riot police violently attacked them with batons and clubs and bullets.

Police fired tear gases, water cannons and guns with live ammunition so many killed. Protesters chanted "Death to the dictator!" and "Death to dictatorship!" near Revolution Square in downtown Tehran.

Supporters of Mr. Mousavi set fire to a barricade as they protest. Police beat protesters and fired tear gas and water cannons at thousands who rallied Saturday in open defiance of Iran's clerical government, sharply escalating the most serious internal conflict since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Iranian police sit on motorcycles as they face protesters during protest.

Supporter of Mr. Mousavi holds stones on his hands to throw at riot police.

Supporters of Mr. Mousavi attend during protest.

Supporters of Mr. Mousavi set fire to a barricade as they protest.

Iranian protesters cover their face from tear gas during clashes with riot police.

Supporters of Mr. Mousavi run from tear gas fired by riot police during a protest.

An Iranian protester stands next to a burning bus during clashes with Iranian police at a demonstration.

Supporters of Mr. Mousavi during protest.

Supporters of Mr. Mousavi hurl stones to riot police during a protest.

Supporters of Mr. Mousavi burn a motorcycle belong to Basij militia during protest.

Supporters of Mr. Mousavi set fire to a barricade as they hurl stones to riot police during protest.

An image taken from Iran's satellite English-language official Press TV station shows a bus burning during protest.

Supporters of Mr. Mousavi throw stones at riot police during protest.

Supporters of Mr. Mousavi throw stones at riot police during protest.

Iranian police sit on motorcycles as they face protesters during protest.

Supporters of Mr. Mousavi clash with police during protest.

Supporters of Mr. Mousavi shout slogans as they face riot police during demonstration.

Supporters of Mr. Mousavi clash with police.

Iranian police bikers as they face protesters during demonstration.

Supporters of Mr. Mousavi clash with police during protest.

Supporters of Mr. Mousavi

Supporters of Mr. Mousavi running from tear gas.

Armed Basij militias blocked the road; they want to stop supporters of Mr. Mousavi to attend to demonstration place.

In this image taken from amateur video posted online, shows supporters of Mr. Mousavi taking cover from what appears to be tear gas.

In this image taken from amateur video posted online, shows supporters of Mr. Mousavi protesting.

Hat tips: .faramarz and SFGate

Iran Election: Violent crackdown of protesters

Two more video clips of June 20, 2009 clash between protesters, Basij militia & riot police. Basij milita and riot police shot and killed about 30 people, and wounded many more. There is a rumor that Basij milita and plainclothes security forces have been taken injured from hospitals. Given history of Islamic republic and how they have crackdown opposition before, this news doesn’t surprise me. They have done it before so they would do so now.

Also watch these videos Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.

Iran Election: Rally Freedom Square subway station - June 20

This video is taken at near Azadi subway station on June 20, 2009. Crowds boo army chopper and chant “Death to dictator”, “Death to this deceitful government”.

Basij militia and riot police blocked roads, attacked people brutally and dispersed them. Following video shows one of protesters got shot and commotion.

Also watch these videos Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.

Iran Election: Young lady gave her life to get her vote back

This video contains disturbing graphic content, please be warned if you are going to watch it.

On June 20, during protest against election fraud, Basij militia used their machine guns. This young brave soul gave up her life to get her vote back. So far I heard more than two people killed by machine gun.

Today people did say "I have one vote. I gave it to Mousavi. I have one life. I will give it for Freedom." and people took their lives in their hands for freedom. It is not about vote anymore, it is beyond that.

Also watch these videos Part 1 and Part 2.

Iran Election: Protest suppressed violently on June 20

On June 20, Iranian Protests brutally and savagely attacked by Basij militia and riot police. Government backed militia and riot police used machine gun, knife, baton, tear gas, club and water cannon.

Also watch these videos Part 1 and part 2.

Iran Election: Militia shot at people with machine gun

Basij militia shot at people with machine gun and people have to run for their lives in Tehran.

Update 1: This video was taken on June 20, 2009 After Basij militia shot live bullets into crowad people decided to set fire on Basij station.

Hat tip: BBC

Friday, June 19, 2009

Iran’s complex political power structure

Hat tips: AP

Iran’s Post-Election

As Iran's 2009 presidential election authorities surprisingly announced on Saturday that hard-line incumbent Mahmood Ahmadinejad was re-elected with about two-thirds of the vote, Iranian people were immediately casting doubt over the authenticity of the results. At the same time, the “reformist” candidates of the regime, Mr. Mir Hossein Mousavi and Sheikh Mehdi Kahroubi, sparked accusations of fraud and branded the election was a total farce.

It was originally quoted from some staff of Interior Ministry that a second round would have been needed to determine the victor between Mousavi and Kahrubi, who according to them received respectfully the first and second place, while Ahmadinejad would have already been out of the race.

Nationwide from Monday on, millions of disappointed people have taken part in the post-election demonstrations carrying banners which said 'Where's my vote? They protest against the “coup” plotted by the hardliners, supported by Ayatollah Ali khamenei, the Supreme Leader. Nationwide clashes erupted as riot police and regime’s militia attacked demonstrators and universities in Iran. Several demonstrators have been reported killed and many activists arrested. Riot police continues to clamp down on a growing demonstration by supporters of the “reformist” candidates. Despite regime’s repression, fresh waves of protests are nationwide reported and are thought to continue.

Prior to the 2009 Iran's presidential election, a voting campaign was widely organised by the IRI and propagated by pro-IRI's media both in and outside the country to bring as much people as possible to the urns to vote for one of the Mullahs' candidates. A massive participation was announced by the regime as a proof positive that the IRI is “legitimate”. As Khamenei has constantly said, each vote is above all a "yes" to the Islamic regime". In the West, with the help of IRI's lobby groups, exported journalists, resident Islamists, state mafia close to different candidates, this demagogical campaign was to portray a legitimate and reformable image of the IRI.

A part of Iranian secular opposition, hoping that their vote to a "reformist" candidate would be considered as a "no" to Khamenei and his favourable candidate, President Ahmadinejad, fell into the regimes' trap and voted Mousavi or Kahroubi as the lesser evils in a naive attempt to run President Ahmadinejad out of office.
In actuality, since the inception of the IRI, there have never been fair elections in Iran. Firstly, all candidates are pre-selected by the Guardians Council, a watchdog institution that has the power to reject any candidates. Secondly, all elections have been rigged and fraudulent so far that among the pre-selected candidates by the Guardians Council, the regime capriciously picks one out of the urns.

To look into the background of these four presidential candidates, we see their direct involvement in the crimes, repressive institutions, and the key government positions in the last thirty years of Mullahs 'regime:

Apart from President Ahmadinejad, who is notorious for his thuggish behaviour and his black background in the repressive institutions of the regime, the other candidates have not a better past.

Mohsen Rezaie was head of the Revolutionary Guards for over 10 years, Mehdi Kahroubi was a former parliamentary speaker, Mir Hossein Mousavi was PM for 8 years during Khomeini's leadership. During this time, thousands of dissidents were summarily executed. As a Hezbollah and a disciple of Khomeini and a PM of Ali Khameini, Mousavi's hands were washed in the blood of many Iranians. The 1988 massacre of political prisoners which war ordered by Khomeini was helped by his Ministry of Information. During the Iran-Iraq War, his regime sent thousands of Iranians children onto the mine in the war zone.

After the 1979 revolution, new waves of people's struggles against the ruling dictatorship have already started in Iran. They will gradually take form during the process of struggle; they are in their nature different from the issues of "reformist" opposition. Most people, even those who voted for the lesser evils, are not really concerned about power struggles within the Islamic regime. They want an end of the whole Islamic regime.

Most Iranians especially the youth want a separation of religion from state; they wish a secular and democratic state. Hence, if they intensify their today's struggles, they will gradually separate their ranks of struggles from the power struggle-related rallies of "reformist" opposition. Of course these rallies may not take a long time and will extinguish as soon as an inner compromise has been acheived, but the longer these take, the more polarised and organised the real opposition to the whole regime will be, to the point that they not only cry "death to dictator"-- hinting the Supreme Leader, Khamenei, -- but also will directly target the whole regime by shouting across the whole country "death to the IRI". The polarisation of our society does not forcibly mean a class issues; it assumes above all a freedom from the plague of the IRI and consequently a transformation of the power to people's representatives.

Of course many of people working for the IRI-- those who do not have people's blood on their hands--are welcome to join the ranks of people, but this is only possible if people's struggles turns into a solid and continuous freedom movement. We can not expect a Mullahs' pre-selected president-- Mousavi or Ahmadinejad alike-- to join the camp of people because a freedom movement targets the whole Islamic regime by rejecting any form of political Islam.

Of course, in terms of their loyalty to the Supreme Leader and Islam as an ideology of state, there is no difference between Ahmadinejad and Mousavi, but let us see in the case of an odd twist of irony, if Mousavi wants to consolidate people's position, he is constitutionally not in the position to do so. Under the cover of an Islamic regime, no president has such a power to clean up Mullahs and pave the path for a real democracy in Iran-- presidential position is constitutionally so powerless that no president can challenge the Supreme Leader. The Islamic Constitution lets little power for the president vis-à-vis the absolute power of the Supreme Leader who rules over powers of both executive, legislative, and judiciary.

The question nowadays is how Iranian people can one day acquire their full freedom and what steps must be tactically taken initially. We should give our people respect for the courageous struggles they are presently showing with the empty hands against one of the most brutal regime of our history. In a long-term into the future, it is advised that our heroic people with the kind of self-organisation, self-esteem, courage, and patience needed for a regime change in Iran, must firstly consolidate their ranks before any premature rupture with the ranks of better organised "reformist" opposition.

It is evident and quite predictable that to halt the vibrancy of people's struggles, there is a possible compromise in the air between a "reformist" president candidate like Mousavi and the Supreme Leader. In such a case, whoever the next president, the regime will spread its bloody clutches for other four or eight years. If the Iranians who want a regime change give up their ongoing struggles, they will dig their own graves. Therefore, these people must use the current protest actions to recruit, organise, and plan their further and final freedom-struggles.

Gaps between people and any faction of the regime, including Mousavi, emerge and persist as long as the Islamic regime exists. Most of the gaps in daily attitudes of people can be flagrantly perceived. This is what substantially explains the lack of an Islamic influence in our new generation who desire a secular Iran. This ideal is of course ignored by the regime and its "reformist" candidates. Different segments of Iranian society are aware that under the IRI all Islamic inequalities are justified in so far as they are the consequences of three decades of repression in Iran--Man vs. woman, "sayyed" (Muhammad's descendants) vs. non-sayyed, Muslim vs. non-Muslim, insider vs. outsider, etc.

Although, the younger generation suffers from a tangible lack of leadership, they have experienced with their flesh and blood the plague of the Islamic regime. They know that the IRI is essentially incompatible to be reformed and the main problem of Iran is the IRI entirely, not a scapegoat of it called today "hardliners" or else.

Because of a 14-century domination of an intolerant belief system over all aspects of Iranian social life, subjects like Islam and the related issues have not been discussed by Iranian intellectuals. There has been a fear among people to talk about these matters. Therefore, issues like secularism, democracy, modernity, social justice, gender equality, independence from foreign domination of "Islamo-Arab" culture, have not been serious civic issues of the past generations.

Today, thanks to the plague of Mullahs' regime, the youth generation are more aware of such issues and this awareness creates the main gap between the Islamic regime, which in people's consciousness represents an inspiration of a new "Islamo-Arab" invasion, and the Iranian civic society in struggles for freedom, democracy, and secularism.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Iran Election: Rally in respect of people who killed in violence

June 18, 2009 huge crowds of people wearing black rallied silently and mourned in remembrance of those who killed in early week violence by Basij militia. Mousvai was in the rally and gave a short speech.

People stood in an infamous Square in Tehran, some had black candles, some flowers, some had their green armbands but all were silent and mourning.

Iran Election: Silent protest defies violence

In protest to fraud election result, once again protesters rallied silently. Mr. Mousavi asked form Iranians to attend protests and keep it peaceful so hopefully government backed militia and riot police wouldn’t repress peaceful protests.

Text message service has been shutdown since the day before Election Day which it makes it eight days. Cell phone services has been shutdown and sometime limited since June 13. They blocked social internet websites. Phone services are shutdown in some areas of city since June 17. Even electricity cut down in some areas. It means regime is doing all it can to prevent campaign news to get around but it didn’t stop people from rallying and protest for vote rigging on presidential election.

Above video was taken on June 17, 2009. Also take a look at photos from silent rally on June 17, 2009.

Iran Election: Riot police resort to violence

On June 14, 2009 second day of protests to fraud election result, riot police violently beats peaceful protesters with baton. They were trying violently to disperse protesters with tear gas and using violence.

Iran Election: Militia shots at civilians

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On this video you see people carrying an injured person and gun shots on background. A Basiji militias were shooting at civilians on June 15, 2009.

Iran Election: Militia shot fired on people

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A Basij militia shot fired on protesters and some people got killed. Above is a young man that got shot and killed by Basij militia on the street in Tehran on June 15, 2009.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

National soccer players went green

During Iran – South Korea retrun soccer match in Seoul, several players of Iran’s national team wore green armband in support of Mr. Mousvai but they forced to remove green armbands in second half of game.

The match ended in draw and Iran’s hope to play in FIFA world cup ended there.

Hat tips: FIFA

Iran Election: What’s going on in Iran?

This video is a short recap of what is going on in Iran nowadays. It simply explains what’s happening and why people are protesting.

Update: Click here to take a look at second episode.

Iran Election: Photos of June 17 Rally

Despite official ban on gatherings and protests, once again people are rallying in Tehran today on June 17, 2009 in support of Mr. Mousavi and protest to fraud election results.

Iran Election: Rally in protest to fraud election continues

June 17, 2009 a rally in protest to electoral fraud in Iran.

Iran Election: Silent Protest

On June 16, 2009 Once again supporter of Mr. Mousavi wanted to rally in protest to election fraud. Basij militia that found out about their protest, they organized a protest at the same place and same time. They wanted to confront militia with Mousavi supporter and draw a violent scene so Mousvai had to call off the protest but some of Mousavi supporter didn’t get the news and they started their own protest and very smartly ignored Ahmadinejad fans and silently protested. Some of the following photos are from yesterday silent protest in Tehran on June 16, 2009.

Mousvai supporter headed towards Iran state-owned broadcasting station. They were angry at TV News programs because they have been taking side of Ahmadinejad even after election, it call protesters “hecklers and trouble makers” for Islamic republic of Iran. By the way I didn't put photos of Ahmadinejad supporters because they have all media attention in Iran.

Iranian supporters of Mr. Mousavi demonstrate June 16, 2009 in Tehran, Iran. (Getty Images)

Backers of Mr. Mousavi demonstrate June 16, 2009 in Tehran, Iran. (Getty Images)

A supporter of Mr. Mousavi holds a picture of man injured during yesterday's clashes in Tehran during protests June 16, 2009 in Tehran, Iran. (Getty Images)

A young supporter of Mr. Mousavi protests June 16, 2009 in Tehran, Iran. (Getty Images)

In this frame grab taken from amateur video, supporters of Mr. Mousavi demonstrate in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday June 16, 2009. Thousands of protesters rallied in Tehran in support of Mousavi, according to witnesses and video footage. (AP Photo/APTN, Amateur Video)

Supporters of Mr. Mousavi demonstrate June 16, 2009 in Tehran, Iran. (Getty Images)

A police motorcycle burns as supporters of Iranian presidential candidate Mr. Mousavi protest in Valiasr Street June 16, 2009 in Tehran, Iran. (Getty Images)

Supporters of Mir Hossein Mousavi set fires during protests June 16, 2009 in Tehran, Iran. (Getty Images)

Supporters of Mir Hossein Mousavi watch a motor scooter burn during protests June 16, 2009 in Tehran, Iran. (Getty Images)

Supporters of Iranian presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi run in the streets during protests June 16, 2009 in Tehran, Iran. (Getty Images)

I picked some photos form Boston big picture; edited descriptions which I think it is appropriate and I repost them here.

Hat tips: The Big Picture