Friday, July 31, 2009

July 30 protests in Tehran Iran – cont.

Let me comment on some of these videos from yesterday July 30, 2009 protests in Tehran.

After Supreme leader, Khamenei’s though stance against protesters on Friday Prayer on June 19 and blaming presidential candidates Mousavi and Karroubi for bloods on streets, people hold him liable for slaying of protesters by Basij militia backed by revolutionary guards. People’s abhorrence towards supreme leader now is more than ever on public scene and vote fixation problem is growing to bigger problem that existed long time before vote rigging and it is about Khamenei’s leadership.

In following video people chant “Khamenei is a murderer, his leadership is false (vain, void, expired)”. Targeting Khamenei and his son, Mojtaba in slogans is something that alarming for all conservative parties of Islamic republic and revolutionary guards, although I believe revolutionary guards are flexible and with their unlimited resources they fit on either side.

“Khamenei shame on you, leave the monarchy!” people are chanting in the beginning of this video. Yeah monarchy! It is not surprising that Islamic republic of Iran has not been republic at all. In fact supreme leader with absolute power made him a dictator and perhaps an Islamic Shah and his form of government could be called theocratic monarchy of Iran.

People joined to protests at anyway possible. Drivers honked car horns in support of protesters. We heard some new sort of revolutions developing out of Iranian civil movement towards democracy, some called it twitter revolution others called it facebook revolution, so why shouldn’t have honking revolution next to all of this self proclaimed revolutions. In this civil movement, people use every tool at their disposal but tools don’t make revolution, it is people make things happen.

People were everywhere and some set garbage bins on fire to reduce tear gas chemicals in front of Saeei Park in Valiasr Ave.:

Police arrested two protesters and beat them on the street:

People didn’t let it go and continue protests in night time. In this video shot in infamous Yousefabad district in Tehran, eyewitness said that Basij militia later in night attacked people and fired guns.

People chant “Death to dictator, (supreme) leader or doctor (Ahmadinejad)” in Motahari - Valiasr junction in dusk. Ahmadinejad has PhD and many of his supporters call him Doctor Ahmadinejad.

Also check out protests on Thrusday July 30 and protests in memorial park (Behesht Zahra) and you can find many more videos in peive17 YouTube channel.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Protests on Thrusday July 30

Armed forces and Basij militia on Tehran streets:

Protest continues in Vanak Sq:

People have betean and teared-gas by armed forces and Basij militia.

Police force beats people with baton and club. Gun shots heard on Tehran streets and on this particular video. Can you see a police man on 0:47 that shoots directly at people?

Also here is a cell phone video shows people demonstration while chanting death to dictator.

Also take a look at protests in Behesht Zahra post.

People chant "Mojtaba (supreme leader's son), we wish you dead, and never become the leader". Reports suggest that he is behind of vote fixation and extreme crackdown on opposition and protesters:

Also in this video people chant "Political prisoners should be freed".

And here the popular chant of these day is "Death to dictator":

Today Tehran’s street was full of outraged people that even didn’t given time and privacy to mourn for their loved ones, for the youth and young that have died on the bloody streets and in detention centers behind closed doors. And here another protest in Terhan streets:

And in this video, people chanting "Our supreme leader is a murderer"!

And it wasn't only in Tehran; there were protests in other cities like Shiraz, another video from Shiraz, Rasht, Isfahan, Arak and Ahwaz. Also this video gives you a rough estimate of crowd in cemetery in Tehran.

Protests in memorial park (Behesht Zahra) in Iran

Today Iranian protesters wanted to honor many who killed during protests and in detention after protests in memorial park in Tehran known as Behesht-e-Zahra should cut it short due to armed forces interference. Also people wanted to mark 40th day of death of Neda Agha Soltan a young lady that killed during a protest by Basij militia.

Police dispersed and arrested many so far.

Reuters reports: "Police forced Mousavi to return to his car and leave the cemetery. Police also are warning mourners to leave the place or face the consequences." Bamdadkhabar reports (Persian language): "Police stopped Karroubi's car to enter to the cemetery and some people around Karroubi got beaten by police."

Another video from cemetery:

People chant "Mir Hussein" followed by numerous police forces:

This video shot by cell phone camera gives you an idea of today slogans in cemetery. Also in this video people heading back from cemetery in the subway line (Metro) chanting differently, against what Russia and China that support dictatorship Islamic Iran.

And here people first chant "say death to China" as a symbol of a dictatorship country that helps Islamic dictatorship in Iran:

Mujahedin Khalq is targeted

Mujahideen-e Khalq (known as MKO, People's Mujahedin of Iran) are the only Iranian organization that Islamic republic and revolutionary guards fear most so they made sure that these organization won’t get away easy in Iraq since Saddam Hussein’s downfall. Ayatollah Khamenei, supreme leader of Iran personally asked Iraqi President Jalal Talabani to expel MKO members from Iraq on January 1, 2009. Seems Iraqi army found out the best timing to go as planned with MKO:

It is true that MKO despise in Iran mostly for their fighting alongside of Iraqi army against Islamic republic and there are considered fanatic by many Iranians, they are an Islamic socialist militant organization and extremist in their own way. Whatever they are, they are Iranians and people that shouldn’t get killed in the camps, get them out of Iraq and I am not sure Iran would be safe destination for them.

Ahmadinejad losing it all the way

This video might be of your interest if you want to hear other side of story like what Ahmadinejad supporters think. A guest from Iran is a columnist for pressTV and obvious Ahmadineajd supporter.

Admitting trouble in establishment by an Ahmadinejad supporter on Aljazeera is a big step and as obvious as it gets, Ahmadinejad backed by revolutionary guards leading the change in hierarchy of regime.

But on the other hand Ahmadinejad supporters are in denial that people headed to streets because they fed up from tyranny of regime and in fact conflict of interests within establishment has little to do with it. People know who they voted for and they wanted back. Here is a CNN vote that 93% of people think Iranian presidential election wasn't fair.

Also in response to the claim that “nowhere else other than Tehran” people protested, I have to say that's a hogwash because other cities like Shiraz, Isfahan, Mashad, Sanandaj and some southern cities protested too but there are less news about those protests due to extreme news ban. One more thing that limits people in smaller cities to come out as much as metro cities is that government Basij militia easily can identify protesters and repress them easier in smaller cities than metro areas.

Also you should know that I am not labeling him of Ahmadinejad supporter just because I don't like his argument, NO! On other interview he told Al jazeera: "There are no political prisoners in Iran" and "A few hundred thousand people overseas cannot impose their will on 70 million people in Iran". You be the judge, I rest my case!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Should United States engage with Iran?

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace brought together a panel with Ali Ansari, Roger Cohen and George Perkovich moderated by Karim Sadjadpour to discuss whether the United States should engage with Iran or not?

I noticed there is no change in Obama’s attitude and speeches towards Islamic republic even after human rights crisis in Iran and now that Hillary Clinton made it clear that US will go on with their old plan to engage with Iran, I understand it is their interest to do so but Iranian people have too much at stake and engagement with Islamic republic at the moment will be punch in a face of millions of Iranians.

Without a doubt it is a tough call because no one wants Islamic republic with nukes even most Iranians don’t want nuclear warheads or bombs and it is very important for world security too but on the flip side, any engagement with Ahamdinejad’s government will put down people’s effort for democracy that they fight for.

Hat tip: Carnegie Endowment

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Iranian rowing champion goes green

It is a first gold medal for Iran's rowing team on July 26, 2009 in Racice, Czech Republic. Mohsen Shadi Naghadeh, 19 years old chose to wear green wristband in support of green movement in Iran.

Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images Europe

He risks loosing opportunity to play in national rowing team. Iranian national soccer players who wore green wristbands during Iran – South Korea match barred from playing for national soccer team.

Hat tip: Zimbio

Iranian experts: get a grip!

This interview aired on June 28, 2009, I know it is a little old but it is very interesting that finally someone comes and publicly admits that CIA don’t know anything about Iran power players. So I recommend this video to those so-called Iranian experts that have no clue about Iranian political system and sociodynamics, yet writing articles defending election results in Iran.

Every time that I read a piece from an Iranian expert arguing Iran election was A-OK, I wondered how the hell they get information that even CIA seems know nothing about it. No one for fact can say what happened behind closed doors that they stuffed ballot boxes, changed votes of different candidates or Ahmadinejad won by very slight narrow margin but at the end IRGC took over and announced their own made-up results. From now on I politely ask some of so-called Iranian experts to stop making invalid arguments on validity of Iran election.

United4Iran: NYC Protest

This is a great shot from NYC protests in support of Iranian cause for democracy and to condemn human rights violations in Iran.

Aside from poor sound quality, everything else is nice.

Related: Worldwide Protests

Monday, July 27, 2009

‘Time for Freedom’ a song for brave Iranians

These days everyone does something to show their respect and gratitude for brave people who lost their lives during protests, Mozane on their YouTube page wrote:

A heartfelt song written by Iranian-American duo 'Mozane' as a homage for the brave people in Iran who risked and lost their lives during the recent protests...

It will never be the same
It will never be in vain

If you wanna know more about them check their website.

United4Iran: Worldwide Protests

On July 25 protesters gathered worldwide, condemned human rights violations in Iran and urged regime to release prisoners of recent protests about fraudulent presidential election results.

Protests march down in New York City and chant "the people, united, will never be defeated":

It seems people at United 4 Iran campaign did their best they could but due to lack (or will?) of support of western political institutions, it wasn’t attracted much of non-Iranians. Bear in mind that I am in no rush to race to the last stop; I know Iranian social movement is a marathon but also I know there are extreme disbelief among many outsiders and noticeable radical insiders to Iranian people’s movement! Most of them still believe it is imperialists and spy agencies game.

It seems most western political institutions who were always ready to take on human rights issues turned blind and deaf to Iranian movement and government’s extreme reactions by killing and imprisonment of hundreds of protesters. I would like to see they come clean on this issue soon.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Eiffel - Paris goes green

A 2 kilometers long green scroll signed by people from 190 cities across the world, all signed “Ahmadinejad is not Iran’s president” petition and was paraded near the Eiffel Tower in Paris on Saturday, July 25, 2009.

There are some photos from this event in Peyman weblog and Iranians.

Also if you are interested to know how people managed to prepare this long scroll, please watch this video although it is in Persian language but I guess you would understand it. Let me know if translation needed.

Hunger strikes for violation of Human Rights in Iran

These days Iranian expatriates are trying their best to draw world attention to outright violation of human rights, brutal killings, arrests in Iran.

Hunger strike by hundreds of protesters in front of UN headquarters by Iranian political activists, celebrities and intellectuals was very eye-catching event for three days from July 22 to 24.

Philosopher and political activist Noam Chomsky appeared in hunger strike. Hollywood stars Robert Redford and Sean Penn issued letters in support of Iranian protesters and hunger strikers also Redford’s daughter joined strikers across the UN on behalf of her dad.

Many Iranians supported the hunger strike in front of UN that I can’t really name all of them here. I personally thank you all people who organized, joined and supported the strike. Also you can find some photos from UN hunger strike in Eyes Wide Open blog (Persian language).

Other hunger strike was held in San Jose, California from July 02 to July 04 for three days. Following video shows emotion, anger, sadness and love of people who are living far far away from their birth land and some of them are young kids that haven’t seen Iran in their lifetime but their hearts are with people.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Using internet to change world for good

UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown rightly addresses global society and asks people

to organize and take collective action together to deal with problem and/or injustice that we want to deal with
through internet and all modern means of communication.

Seriously it is much easier than say 50 years ago to organize something like a movement against human rights abuse but the question that still remains is what stops people from doing the right thing?

Friday, July 24, 2009

A young protester dies after his last shouts for democracy

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

He is one of protesters who got shot and killed by Basij militia during June 20 protests against fraudulent election results. Families of protesters that got shot and killed are barred from holding any commemorative ceremonies.

Please take a look and see for yourself that people are giving their lives for democracy and if you have freedom to share these stories please spread the word of falling people and let’s keep their dreams alive by giving hope to people who are dreaming a very basic right of every human being.

Also this video from same day that a young lady who got shot by militia.

Iran election and Ahmadinejad failed promises

Joe Klein, Time magazine columnist on his 10-day trip to Iran to cover presidential election has relatively fair view about election fixation and aftermath crisis.

In the article Joe wrote:
It has to be assumed that the Iranian presidential election was rigged, but it is impossible to know how heavily the government's thumb rested on the scales. It is entirely possible that Ahmadinejad would have won anyway, but narrowly, perhaps with less than 50% of the vote, setting up a runoff election he might have lost as the other candidates united against him. It is possible that his government, perhaps acting in concert with Supreme Leader Ayatullah Ali Khamenei, decided to take no chances.

But I do disagree with him on:
The President was, without question, the best politician in the race. His debates against the two reformers, Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, were routs.

To be fair Mohsen Rezaee was the winner in presidential debate, who really can disagree with that? But Rezaee a conservative with extensive background in Revolutionary Guards couldn’t get Iranians who urging for reforms in society and economy.

There is no doubt that Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi belong to older generations of Islamic revolution and they definitely appeared poor in debates, specially Karroubi. Mousavi picked up some hints in the middle and changed his style a bit but at the end, all of their shortcomings wouldn’t matter much for people who were fed up with Ahmadinejad lies.

On the other side, Ahmadinejad made deadly mistakes and lied during debates which raged people. He lied about inflation and his aggressive personal attacks during debates ignited people, even apathetic ones to get to vote against him. He was already president of failed promises. Back then on June 20, 2003 presidential election, Ahmadinejad promised people to stop crackdown on dress-code and bring oil wealth on Iranian tables. He clearly went against his promises; some would call him president of failed promises.

People could deal a bit with skyrocketing inflation and failing economy but they couldn’t take notorious crackdown on dress code which mostly targeted women as the repressive regime would thought they would. It was the unforgiving mistake on his failed promise. So people who chose to go against Ahamdinejad they were made up their minds long time before presidential debates on June 03, 2009. I would say the most offenders were women (in some cases men) and any presidential candidate in Iran who ignores to take into account women is a looser.

Women are half of Iranian population.

Also I recommend "Not the Change They Expected" from Robert Dreyfuss on The Nation.

* Above video is recorded sometime before June 18, 2009 that also you can watch on Time website.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

World rally to support democracy in Iran

It calls on you and may finds you well:

If you believe in equality, freedom and the right to live free from oppression let them know they are not alone. It’s not an Iranian issue. Find a demonstration near you and join people around the world, the world let them know. and let them know. where we will yell loud enough for dictators to hear that every vote counts and that the world believes in a free Iran.

While there is a ban on domestic media to broadcast news about protests and members of foreign media kicked out of Iran to stop them from reporting about people’s struggle for democracy, your role will be very important to pass on their cause and dreams for democracy that perhaps some of you have the luxury of living in it.

Find more information in United for Iran, global action day.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Italian fashion goes green

Guillermo Mariotto, Italian designer appears with “Neda Alive” t-shirt alongside models with green wristband in L’Alta Roma.

Photo courtesy of DayLife

Mariotto mentioned that it was up to models to decide to have green wristband or not and most of them choose to put on. He said “this fashion show was the least thing that we could do for people like Neda who are ready to give their lives for freedom.”

Hat tips: Green fashion, flickr

Monday, July 20, 2009

Armed forces tear-gas people during prayer

They say this is the first time that armed forces used tear-gas to disperse people during Friday July 17, 2009 prayers. As you might know, Friday prayer is very important in Muslim society such as Iran and using force to disperse people during prayers is something quite unusual in Iran.

In this video, armed forces used tear-gas against people gathered around Tehran University for Friday sermon and prayer. People set some fire to limit the exposure to tear gas then people slowly got back to their first positions.

I remember back then, security forces attacked and detained people several times during private prayers, smaller group of Muslim and/or non-Muslims.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Ablaze on Supreme leaders’ photo

Angry protesters setting fire on photos of former supreme leader ayatollah Khomeini and current one, ayatollah Khamenei. Exact date of this event is unspecified.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Protests on Friday prayer

July 17, 2009 - Mousavi supporters took to the Friday prayer that Ayatollah Rafsanjani led in. He was like always played on middle ground, asking establishment to address protesters demand about election, releasing prisoners, and consoling families of people that killed in protests. Also he criticized Guardian Council for the way they handled complains on the election results.

During his speech, huge crowd that were on the side streets of Tehran University chanting against dictator and Ahmadinejad attacked by armed Basij militia and security forces.

In following video, people are chanting “Iranian die but doesn’t accept humiliation” and “Death to dictator” then they threat Hashemi Rafsanjani by chanting “Hashemi if you hush up then you are perfidious” so they waned him to speak up. Also they chant “Death to dictator whether it is Shah or Doctor (Dr. Ahmadinejad)”, “Until Ahmadinejad is president, everyday will be protests”, “Coup d'état government! Resign! Resign!”, “God is great”, calling Mir Hussein Mousavi and booing armed security forces.

In this video again people chant “Mousavi”, “Political prisoners should be freed”, “Hashemi if you lie! You are perfidious!” and “Police support us!”:

At 1:57 people chant “Death to Russia” because Russia and China were first countries to congratulated Ahmadinejad as a new President of Islamic republic of Iran when he attended a summit in Russia and people are furious about it:

All other countries should take this very serious and don’t accept Ahmadinejad as a new President of Iran.

In this video people chant “Russia leave my country alone”:

And in this video people chant "Death to China":

Clash between security forces and people during Friday sermon:

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Young Iranian revolutionaries

Christopher Hitchens comments about 1979 revolution or Islamic counterrevolution, as he explains and Iranian young rebels.

Click here to see this section fully on Fora

I would call it 1979 Islamic revolution because back then all parties like different Islamist groups, communists and even liberals all agreed to leave leadership to mullahs, then later it was too late to take it back. Ayatollah Khomeini that once said “I don’t want power, I am a clergy” in fact chose to run the country himself with his close allies which at last, he preferred mullahs.

If Iran wasn’t in war with Iraq right after revolution, I would say that we could have seen many uprisings against Islamic regime. In fact I will go further and say Islamic regime wouldn’t survive without Iran-Iraq war. Iran-Iraq war gave mullahs a unique opportunity to carry on terrors and oppression of opposition groups which they were young revolutionaries of 1979.

Those young Iranians were mostly tortured and executed in prisons and mullahs did their best to cover it up and let me be honest with you, mullahs have been good at coving up their messes, but for awhile. Now educated young generation Iranians having up-to-date knowledge about mullahs’ past and present, don’t buy whatever mullahs wish to feed them.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Mullahs Need Oil

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, on a larger scale, all repressive forces and institutions of dictatorial regimes rely on it. Oil production in Iran is not at all in the service of the country’s development, but mainly serves the interest of the corrupt ruling elite and, most importantly, the survival of their oppressive Islamist regime.

In the case of the IRI (Islamic Republic of Iran), oil is the greatest source of income for the state mafia and it enables the regime set up their repressive institutions, propaganda machine, thousands of plain clothes thugs to beat up angry people, apologists groups in the West, sell-away intellectuals from various factions, who propagate the regime’s legitimacy and its reformation from within, and terrorist groups to advance the regime’s agenda inside and outside the country. The regime also spends a part of this Iranian national resource to help the two Islamist terrorist groups, Hamas and Hezbollah, to prevent peaceful solutions in the region.

The U.N. Security Council resolutions and E.U. have already indicated the possibility of oil sanctions on the Iran, due to its nuclear ambitions and its strategy to export violence in the region. Added with them the ongoing brutalities after the recent electoral coup, the world must step up actions in a timely manner to impose sanction on Iran fuel supplies as the first step to shake off the regime. This action is now widely expected by both Iranians and the international community.

The domestic consumption of gasoline is estimated 75 million liters 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 paralyzed within a week. Under such a situation, the heroic and able people of Iran can do the rest for making the regime history in Iran.

India is the long-standing culprit and buddies of Islamist regime. It supplies a great part of the needed gasoline, which helps the Mullah regime survive: it imports Iranian crude-oil, and exports refined gasoline to Iran.

In solidarity with the oppressed Iranian people’s struggle against the illegitimate regime of coup d’état, India as the biggest democracy of the world, can play an honorable role by not playing bedfellow with the brutal Mullahs. Instead, she can do its own reputation and the longing of the freedom-loving Iranian people a world of good by siding with them in their struggle against the totalitarian Islamist regime of Iran.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Reporter describes prison term in Iran

41 journalists arrested since unrest over presidential election results on June 12. Iason Athanasiadis, a Greek-British reporter was among them which held for three weeks in Tehran’s Evin prison. Here is his account of imprisonment in Iran:

He is lucky because Iranians don’t get such nice treatments in prison. In fact torturing detainees during interrogation is common routine and unfortunately Islamic courts consider coerced confessions as strong valid evidence against detainees although detainees renounce confessions under torture but Islamic judicial system fail to recognize it. Sadly many people have sentenced to death and executed since Islamic revolution in 1979 only on the basis of their confessions under torture.

These days that streets are empty of protesters, Islamic regime is busy arresting people, torturing and inducing them to make public televised confessions. So far we have had two televised confessions that showing detainees condemning their participation in protests. I don’t buy these confessions, many people don’t but it doesn’t make any difference to regime. While protests on the streets are slowly fading away but pressuring and torturing detainees to make false confessions get stronger.

Iranian-born political historian Ervand Abrahamian in his book "Tortured Confessions", 1999, page 5 wrote about public confessions:
torture became commonly used in the Islamic Republic because of its effectiveness in inducing political prisoners to make public confessions. Recorded and edited on videotape, the standard statements by prisoners included not only confessions to subversion and treason, but praise of the Islamic Revolution and denunciation or recantation of their former beliefs, former organization, former co-members, i.e. their life.

We know where they are heading to, Islamic regime wants to show that foreign powers involved in people’s protests. We know it is about people and their vote and we know detainees are going to pay huge costs if they left alone in prisons so I think International community has to step forward and strongly condemn this sort of inhuman behavior of Islamic regime and Human Rights organizations should ask to release of all political prisoners immediately.

Also take a look at Iran torture prisoners

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Do you believe in liberty?

Lennart a singer/songwriter inspired by Neda’s cruel killing sings "We believe".

In YouTube page he wrote:
Confrontating protest song after the cruel killing of the young woman Neda Soltani in the streets of Tehran (Iran). The Green Revolution is still waving on the outrage of the stolen votes. But in fact it's a inspiring song for people all over the world, fighting for freedom and democracy....

Saturday, July 11, 2009

What is Basij militia - paramilitary forces?

These days I wrote and spoke a lot about Basij militia (paramilitary group backed by revolutionary guards. Basiji means a Basij member) but we need to examine them once again to see who exactly we are dealing with.

Back then I replied in response to the very same question:

Basij members believe that they are fulfilling god’s wish and they will be rewarded in this world and ultimately in heaven by Allah. They consider supreme leader, representative of Allah on earth. The question is, do they really think like this or just pretend to be like this? I guess the answer lies in the degree of indoctrination, there are many among them that would kill people if they get orders and there are some others just to gain benefits.

Following video is old but still gives you an idea of Basij perspective:

Now the violence that we have seen in the aftermath of Iran election crisis has done by Basij members are just tips of iceberg. These people are ready to do anything that their leader, supreme leader would order them as their religious duty. They do get bonus for their total obedience, and also they believe they will be awarded in heaven because they are carrying out Allah’s wish. The latter one indeed is the motivational push to kill, beat and torture civilian people.

In following video shows a group of Basij militia bikers heading to suppress protesters. In the vidoe, we can see that they carry club, rod and chain. They are usually armed with firearms too.

If I want to simply define Basij militia I would say they are extremely brainwashed slave of clergy man.

Friday, July 10, 2009

U2 goes green again in support of Iranian rebels

Once again U2 dedicated “Sunday Bloody Sunday” to the Iranian rebels in Milan, Italy on July 07, 2009. First time on July 02 in Barcelona, U2 went green in support of Iranian movement and now, oh my, this is phenomenal.

How long, how long must we sing this song?
How long? How long?
'Cause tonight we can be as one
Tonight, tonight

Protests in Iran - July 09 – continued

Followings are more videos from yesterday protests to honor students’ uprising back then ten years ago. Here are more videos from yesterday protests to honor students’ uprising back then ten years ago. Check out first series of these videos that I upload yesterday.

People are making barricades and inflame garbage bins to reduce the physical effects of chemicals in tear gas:

Basij militia attacks the camera man among the crowd shooting video. I don’t know what happened to the man though. This is very brave; people would face extreme charges over a video or photos of these protests if they get arrested.

This guy attacked by Basij militia using rod. Basij militias use everything like club, chain, rod, bat and knife besides guns. Injured people can’t go to hospital due to extreme risk of getting arrested by Basij militia. There are reports that Basij militia kidnapped injured people while they were heading to hospital in ambulances.

People are singing “Ey Iran” famous anthem in Iran that often mistakenly taken as Iranian national anthem. Then they chant "death to dictator".

Here is the piece of the patriotic song that they are singing on the video:
Since your love became my calling
My thoughts are never far from you
In your cause, when do our lives have value?
May the land of our Iran be eternal

I thought you might wanna know what people are singing!

Power of People - photos of July 09

More photos of Jul7 09, 2009 that Iranian people took to the streets around Tehran University to commemorate students’ uprising of July 9, 1999.

Also Repubblica (Italian language) reported that at least two protesters killed and 12 wounded. We know that many people wounded but I don't have information about how many killed yesterday. I wrote a bit about yesterday protests in here, there are some videos too.

Photos courtesy of Repubblica

Basij militia throws stone to camera

During clash between protesters and armed Basij militia, people took refuge in AmirKabir Univiversity dorm then militia followed people, attacked university dorm and beat students on yesterday July 09, 2009.

In following video, students filming Basij militias who control of a street and harassing people. A Basij militia throws stone at student that is filming with his cell phone.

These videos are the only evidence that proves that Basij militia (backed by revolutionary guards and Supreme leader) brought chaos and terror on our streets, homes and lives. They can’t disarm our only arms which are cameras, cell phone and internet so they are struggling to break us.

People Show No Restrain - photos of July 09

Here are some photos from July 09, 2009 protests on Tehran, capital of Iran.

By thw way, V stands for victory

Photos courtesy of San Francisco Sentinel

Expat Iranians on July 09

Yesterday on July 09 expat Iranians were protesting in different cities in anniversary of the 1999 student uprising and protesting over June 12 sham presidential elections.

An Iranian resident in Japan holds a photo of Iran's opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi to support him during a rally in front of Foreign Ministry in Tokyo, Thursday, July 9, 2009.

Demonstrators make the V sign front of a placard during a gathering to protest against the disputed re-election of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad front of the City Hall of Paris , France, Wednesday July 8, 2009. Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe voiced his for support 23-year-old French university teaching assistant Clotilde Reiss, who was arrested at Tehran airport in Iran on July 1 on spying charges.

Photos courtesy of daylife

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Protests in Iran - July 09 - live blogging

Today July 9, 2009 Iranian silent protesters headed towards Tehran University to mark the anniversary of the 1999 student uprising that violently crackdown by militia and so many people killed. Also these protests are continuation of dissent over fraudulent presidential election results on June 12.

Following footages are from today protests from Keshavarz Blvd.:

First militia blocked the road ways toward Tehran University then Basij militia resorted to violence to disperse people. People reported gun shots around Tehran University area.

This video is from protests in North Karegar St.:

Today people chanted "God is great", "Death to dictator" and "Coup government, Resign, Resign". Armed forces including riot police, security forces, Revolutionary guards and Basij militia, attacked people. Today they extensively used tear gas. So far most people got beaten by clubs and batons today.

On this video it shows that armed forces blocked a road way:

This video shows armed forces deployed on Enghelab (revolution) st. – Ferdowsi Sq.:

On this video people chanting "Mojtaba (Khamenei's son) we wish you dead, before becoming supreme leader". There is consensus that Mojtaba is behind of engineering of election and he is the one who controls of Iran's anti-protest militia.

You might wanna read these three pieces “In Iran, New Demonstrations Bring New Violence", “Iran protests flare on anniversary of 1999 riots” and "Protesters in Iran met with tear gas, batons" about today’s protests.

Protests in North Karegar Ave. just above Enqelab (revolution) Sq:

I got this message that Amirkabir University dorm is ransacked by Basij militia.

In this video people are chanting "We are children of war (They mean Iran-Iraq war), if you fight we'll fight back!":

People are running from armed militia but still they shout “death to dictator!” will regime be able to shutdown people forever? I am sure not.

In following video protesters in intersection of Taleghani and Valiasr St. are heading down to Valiasr St. that anti-riot forces attacked people with tear gas:

In this video, you see riot police and plainclothes militia arrested a protester. Commotion is going on there. Then it shows militia and police attacking cars on the Enqelab (revolution) street:

Tonight people chanted on their rooftops a little stronger than other nights. I guess it has to do with people’s presence on streets which gave everyone a little more strength and hope for resistance.

Also if you wanna know what was like back then in 1999 student uprising, I guess following videos would help a bit:

Photo Slideshow

People & Power - Iran: inside the protests

Al Jazeera came up with an insider look on aftermath of Iran's June 12 presidential elections and the crisis. It covers stories of violence against protesters, students and journalists.

This film, from French documentary maker Manon Loizeau, gives a unique behind-the-scenes perspective on the protests and the Iranian government's tough response.

At 17:22 a fully accredited journalist from Canada reports that he was beaten and arrested by security forces. I hope those leftists who still bashing these reports, stop fantasize and accept that these events are really unfolding whether you accept the reality or choose not to!

V for Victory

Now that government brutally crackdown on protests, protests have moved to a new level, spraying on walls and writing on paper currency are among them. Following photos are from a young couple who share their dreams in better tomorrow with protesting hand in hand. She takes photos as soon as he finishes spraying on wall.

It reads: "V Mousavi"

It reads: "V Death to dictator"

I manipulate a little of V for Vendetta to explain the V in photos:
The V stands not for victim, villain, vengeance, vendetta or vaudevillian. This V is a vestige of the “vox populi” has been vacant, vanished but now vivified. It is a verdict vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin, van guarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition. It stands for Victory held as a votive not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous.

Photos courtesy of Eyes Wide Open

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Song of Our Neda by Fraser Sutherland

Fraser Sutherland a Canadian poet and editor sent his poem about Neda's murder. I sent his poem to a friend of mine and he replied me back: “Let Fraser know that although he is far far away from here but your poem and support will ease our pain of losing brothers and sisters in this fight”.

Here is the poem:
Song of Our Neda

- Neda Agha-Soltan, killed in Tehran 20 June 2009
After the Farsi of Fereshteh Molavi

Go, run, clap, my friends,
You have become the cry
Of a woman named Neda
Who is about to die.
Oh, Neda, don’t look at me,
It is the end you see.

Your head is bare, your hair is free,
Your slim body’s beauty doesn’t hide,
Your face is a crimson flower,
Your lips are closed, your eyes are wide.
Oh, Neda, don’t look at me,
It is the end you see.

Hot asphalt, hard asphalt,
This is the blood-drenched street
In the court of the insane.
Blind sky, deaf sky is where we meet.
Oh, Neda, don’t look at me,
It is the end you see.

Motorbikes, motorbikes, motorbikes
Are the beating of your heart.
Batons, batons, batons
Are the beating of your heart.
Oh, Neda, don’t look at me,
It is the end you see.

Pounding boots, boots, boots,
Are the beating of your heart.
The bark of guns, the bark of guns
Are the beating of your heart.
Oh, Neda, don’t look at me,
It is the end you see.

Take pity on our beaten hearts
That’s now the beating of your heart.
Neda, Neda, Neda,
Oh, Neda, don’t look at me.
Oh, Neda, don’t look at me,
It is the end you see.

Hot asphalt, hard asphalt,
This is the blood-drenched street
In the court of the insane.
Blind sky, deaf sky is where we meet.
Oh, Neda, don’t look at me,
It is the end you see.

Your head is bare, your hair is free,
Your slim body’s beauty doesn’t hide.
Your face is a crimson flower,
Your lips are closed, your eyes are wide.
Oh, Neda, don’t look at me,
It is the end you see.

Go, run, clap, my friends
You have become the cry
That Neda and Iran
Are about to die.
Oh, Neda, don’t look at me,
It is the end you see.

- Fraser Sutherland

Digital dissent vs. bullets and batons

Eric Campbell from Australian ABCNews has an insight look into current crisis in Iran, cyber dissidents, Basji militia and citizens that under extreme censorship on media eventually became correspondents. I highly recommend this 25 minutes report. For windows version click on photo.

Other formats click here and find "Play video".

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Freedom, Glory, Be Our Name

Yet another beautiful song and video in solidarity with Iranian people cause for freedom and democracy.

we will burn your temple to the ground
we will tear all your prisons down
your gallows will be set for burning
just before one last hanging

we will erase your name, we will show no restraint

Freedom, Glory, Be Our Name
Freedom, Glory, Be Our Name

Take a look at their website to download the track free of charge.

Teheran Girl - a song to Iranian people and freedom

Samavayo is a "Heavy Rock Band" from Berlin, Germany. They have dedicated following song in support of Iranian people and their freedom. Thank you.

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

They wrote on their homepage:
We want to show our solidarity with the people in Iran and therefore we offer the Iranian people our song "Tehran Girl" for download! We support the Persian freedom and democracy movement!

Storm or counter strike shutdown Tehran?

Today, people supposed to strike and don’t show up at work in Tehran but by declaring two days off due to dust storm, authorities managed to stop people from striking at the first place. People are saying this is government plan to neutralize strike. This theory makes a little sense because we know that dust storm came from Iraq and Saudi Arabia which hits west and south western areas of Iran rather severely, yet authorities didn’t shutdown any cities except for Tehran. Hmm!

Reality check: Tehran is extremely polluted city, seriously it is hard to breathe in normal working days, so setting aside of what controversial theorists would say, it would be safe and rational to call it off in this situation. So why didn’t they shutdown Shiraz and Isfahan cities? They are polluted too, not as much as Tehran but still they are very much polluted cities, yet authorities left them on their own and public offices are very much active there!

I leave the conclusion for you.

Power-cling: A political animation about Iran crisis

A political animation by Mark Fiore about Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Ayatollah Khamenei and current crisis in Iran.

Mark in his YouTube page writes:
Why stick to an old revolution when you can have a dictatorship? Learn about what's happening in Tehran and find out about companies like Siemens and Nokia.

United for Iran, global action day

Hadi Ghaemi director of International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran asks your help to:

Join us on July 25, 2009 for a rally in your city in support of the Iranian people and in condemnation of the human rights abuses being committed by the Iranian government. Learn how you can get involved by emailing Hadi Ghaemi at

Please spread the word in your blogs, radio and news stations and if you didn't find the will to do anything about this human rights crisis in Iran, please listen to this song.

Hat tips: View from Iran and United4Iran

Monday, July 6, 2009

Islamic Iran propaganda about protests

Islamic Iran’s state-own media was busy long time before election but let’s look at one of their recent attempts to associate protests against fraudulent election result with foreigner agencies, particularly CIA.

In above video, Islamic Iran compares Iranian protests with the Venezuelan coup attempt of 2002. Any impartial observer would know that it is ridiculous to compare these two events, for following reasons:
  • Coup in Venezuela was done by military that led to pro-Chavoz uprising.
  • In Iran pro-Ahmadinejad armed forces brutally suppressed anti-Ahmadinejad uprising which were protesting for their votes, or it is better to say anti-fraud-election protests.
  • Also Carmona was a pro-US government but Mousavi is not pro-US, he is moderate but he is not pro-American. In fact, if he was pro-US, he couldn’t stand any chance to get approval of Guardian Council for presidential candidacy at the first place. The Guardian Council has barred anyone that they suspect that would be a threat to Islamic revolution.

By comparing death of the women in Venezuela and in Iran, PressTV pushing lies to the extreme, I am just fed up that they are airing false information about people who got shot in Venezuela and Iran. There are established facts that people who got shot in Venezuela, specially the woman in the footage at 2:27, wiki states:
There is no consensus as to who was responsible for the deaths on April 11, 2002, and this remains one of the most controversial issues in Venezuelan politics today. The opposition version of events puts the blame on Chávez, or at least on his supporters. Several private television channels in Venezuela showed footage (following photo) of people using handguns to shoot from the pro-Chávez counter-march being held on Puente Llaguno, an overpass that crosses one of central Caracas's busiest avenues; it is unclear who they are shooting at but the commentary and juxtaposition with separate video of the dead made for a clear story. These shooters were four pro-Chávez political activists identified as Rafael Cabrices, Richard Peñalver, Henry Atencio, and Nicolás Rivera. They were captured by the police and jailed for one year as they awaited trial, but charges were dropped before the trial began. Rafael Cabrices died from a heart attack three years later, August 30, 2005.

Courtesy of Wiki

In case of Neda Agha Soltan young Iranian lady, with commentary and juxtaposition of two separate videos of the dead we can see that armed forces from up the street shot at the direction that Neda and her music teacher were walking down the street:

Also in “Who killed Neda?” we have interview of the doctor who was right in the scene. If you didn’t watch the footage of Neda’s last moment, click here.

I asked following questions from Islamic regime’s propagandists but still none of them come up with an answer. These questions say it all:
Why only protesters got shot? Why most of them got shot in head, neck and chest? If people (or as state-own media puts it rioters!) had gun, why they didn’t shoot any Basij militia? Why didn’t they defend themselves in front of Basij militia snipers? Why didn’t they shoot riot police? Video footages speak loud and clear that armed forces are the one who shoot at people.

Press TV stop lying!

Hat tip: IranNegah