Iran after the elections: 13 July (22 Tir)

Monday, July 13, 2009

First some bad news: #Iranelection is now off the trending topics list on Twitter, and not due to any single event either:

A lot of liveblogging of events in Iran has also stopped, which is a pity as events there are no less fluid than they were just after the election.

Some are continuing to do so though, such as the National Iranian-American Council which is as good a source as any to reference in respect to Rezaei's comments yesterday. Rezaei is not impressed with Firouzabadi's statement comparing protesters to Iraq in the 1980s and warns of the possible negative effects this could bring (a civil war), and warns of the downfall of the entire system of government if this continues.

Ah, just noticed that the New York Times has the story here as well.

Yesterday's biggest piece of news was probably this one, that Rafsanjani will be leading prayers on Friday for the first time in two months, and Mousavi and Khatami will be in attendence, and Mousavi's Facebook page is inviting his supporters to attend as well.

Either that or Montazeri's fatwa issued against the government. Both of these are pretty significant developments that show that the situation is nowhere near to settling down.

You can read an article here from today on the role of women in the uprising, plus the Iranian diaspora.

This article from today says that Iran has been interrupting Christian satellite channels as well.

Edit a few hours later (11:30 am in Iran): #Iranelection is back on the trending topics, though at the very bottom.

Fast forward to 9:30 pm in Iran and #Iranelection is out of the trending topics again. It's looking like it may take a newsworthy event to bring it back to any real prominence again.

The Christian Science Monitor has a good article here on some of the other methods being employed to resist, including turning on all the appliances at the same time at certain times of the day to burn out the electrical grid. The good thing about this tactic is that it's completely safe, and lets even those physically weak or too afraid to go out onto the streets add to the protest as well. This tactic has been reported on Twitter a lot though, quite a bit since Ahmadinejad's speech last week where many turned on their appliances when it started in order to overrun the electricity grid and turn off all the TVs in the area.


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