Iran after the elections: 17 June 2009

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Hi - if you're here due to a Twitter update, check the bottom of the post.

I'll be updating this post throughout the day as events warrant.

First, some of what has come in over the past few hours when it was bedtime here in Korea.

The biggest news yesterday was arguably Grand Ayatollah Montazeri's condemnation of the election results. The post there also shows a number of other Grand Ayatollahs disputing the results of the election. The more of this the better.

A video from the demonstrations yesterday.

And another one.

An image of the protest from yesterday.

Protesters and police hanging out together.

Some on Twitter are saying this morning that shooting has only been carried out by Basij while the military has been refusing to engage in violence against citizens.

There are a lot of tweets in Persian right now saying that people are going to bring flowers for the Baseej to today's demonstration (there seems to be a mixup over whether it's to happen at 4 pm or 5 pm), and that there should be no confrontation. Most are simply retweeting this to spread the word; a few are a bit taken aback at the idea of flowers for the Baseej.

Resalat News is estimating that yesterday's demonstrations were attended by more than 2 million people:

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Here are two videos of protests in Urmia/Urumiye (Azerbaijan, in the northwest of the country where Mousavi is from) that aren't getting all that much attention. It's good to draw attention to the fact that these protests aren't just limited to Tehran. This source here in Persian (currently at the top of says they've been continuing for three days straight.

It's almost noon in Tehran and I'm running out the door. More updates in a new post in about three hours.


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