Iran: night protests in Tehran from 27 July (5 Mordad) and upcoming protests on July 30th (8 Mordad)

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

First, three videos of night protests in Tehran from yesterday. The headline on the newspaper is referring to this article from Karroubi's newspaper on how 150 Iranian companies are on the verge of bankruptcy.

Mousavi's call for protests on the 30th is receiving quite a bit of attention, and it should, because not only is he calling for the protests but it's also the 40th day since protesters have been killed in the crackdown and the mourning that takes place on the 40th day is apparently what ended up bringing down the Shah - protests then as well would seem to die down for a bit but then would flare up on the 40th day, which would bring about another crackdown, then more martyred protesters, which meant another protest 40 days after that, and so on. Here are some articles on these events:

Los Angeles Times - Mousavi calls for more street protests

Times - Mousavi steps up pressure on Ahmadinejad. Also note the bit at the end about Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahrudi calling for those who did not commit "serious crimes" to be freed, and for human rights violations to be investigated.

Washington Times on Ahmadinejad's struggle for legitimacy. The National Iranian-American Council tells us that Ahmadinejad is one minister away from having to go get approval from the Majlis for his new cabinet, because a president can only change up to 50% of existing ministers in a new cabinet without parliamentary approval, and because of this he is avoiding accepting the resignation of the Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance.

Al-Jazeera on another fresh blow to Ahmadinejad as the industry minister has been found guilty of fraud.

An article on Ahmadinejad's death watch can be seen here. Note the part about his increasing pensioners' checks during the election, and subsequently reducing them as soon as it ended.


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