Iran after the elections: 11 July (20 Tir)

Saturday, July 11, 2009

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

I'll be updating this post today as events warrant.

Yesterday's most dramatic video was probably this one, a Basiji attacking a cameraman:

Quite likely he thought doing so would prevent the video from being shown, but looks like that didn't happen and the whole world was able to see it. You can see a writeup of yesterday's protests from the New York Times here.

Right now on Balatarin (like Digg in Persian) the top post is this one, featuring U2's Iran-themed Sunday Bloody Sunday performance (the second so far) that was uploaded to the internet last night. Another interesting one is this one detailing the effects on the Iranian economy so far. Google's automatic translation does a good enough job of translating the first part so you can read it here, and mentions 1) falling oil and currency prices, 2) possibility of future sanctions, 3) widespread unrest and lack of trust in government, 4) investors leaving the country, 5) police now too busy with cases dealing with unrest etc. and have no room to pursue economic crimes.

Here on Foreign Policy is a piece on Iran's diminishing influence as a result of its falling ideological appeal.

Middle East Online has a good read here from two days ago detailing the stolen election.

You can see a video here of a bit of a violent breakup of a protest yesterday in Cyprus in front of the Iranian embassy.

Press TV has an article here on Mousavi now having to move out of an office, and someone has left this comment below:
This will never stay posted since Press TV is a bunch of liars. BUT, Mousavi was not defeated. He won. And to say his office was "handed over" to the government is a nice way of saying the government took it from him. Stole it from him. Just like this lying, monster government STOLE our votes. You are all brainwashed LIARS.
Will they delete the comment? I guess we'll find out soon enough. Here's a screenshot of the article too.

Edit 30 minutes later: big surprise! (sarcasm) The comment has been deleted. The anti-Mousavi comment can stay though it seems.

You can read another account of reporter Iason Athanasiadis' 21 days spent in jail in Iran on CNN here.


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