Day 19 coverage of the revolution continues here.
10:00 pm: SHOCKA! They said it was the Jooooooos!
Israel's grand Twitter conspiracy. Via NIAC, a major hard-right newspaper in Iran, Kayhan, "reports" that Israel posted 18,000 Twitter messages urging people to complain about voter fraud two days before
9:38 pm: Press TV reports "The killers and beaters were "impostors" and not real Basijj or RGC".. (surprised they haven't said it was the Jews) hat tip Armaros
Nico Pitney reported earlier that "Host quits Iran's Press TV over 'bias' after election. "It is called Press TV, is funded by the Iranian regime, and opponents say that from its nondescript offices off Hanger Lane in northwest London the 24-hour news station is beaming pro-Tehran propaganda into homes across Britain. Nick Ferrari, a leading British radio presenter, quit his show on the station yesterday in protest at the regime crushing dissent after the Iranian elections, but Press TV continues to employ plenty of other Britons -- including MPs and Cherie Blair's sister."
8:38: I linked to this yesterday but I want to recirculate it:
Simon Jeffery on the response to our call for help in naming those who have died or been jailed since the Iran elections
4:00 pm: EU states set to recall Iran ambassadors Financial Times. You know we have sunk terribly low if the EU is more humane than the US.
Iason Athanasiadis, a Greek journalist based in Istanbul, is being held by the Iranian authorities. He was arrested 17 June 2009. The arrest seems particularly perverse since Iason, on assignment for the Washington Times and GlobalPost, is a long time Iran-hand, Farsi-speaker, and Iran-lover, who spent 2 years at Tehran University. Efforts to secure his release are being managed by the Greek Foreign MInistry, and the Greek embassy in Tehran.
12:26 am Tuesday morning: IHRDC Calls on the World to Prevent Iran from Executing Prisoners Arrested in Connection with the June 12 Presidential Election (hat tip Paul)
June 29, 2009
NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT – Today, ILNA, an official Iranian news outlet, announced the creation of a special commission to “determine the fate of recent arrestees.” If history is any barometer, the creation of this commission and the men appointed to it, are ominous signs that the regime intends to severely punish, and execute, demonstrators and other human rights activists. The world cannot stand by and watch.
Ayatollah Shahroudi, the Head of the Judiciary who is appointed by the Supreme Leader, directed that members of the commission will include Hojatoleslam Dorri Najafabadi (Iran’s General Prosecutor), Ibrahim Ra’isi (Deputy Judiciary Chief), and Mostafa Pour-Mohammadi (Head of the General Inspection Organization). He also directed the commission to coordinate its activities with the Prosecutor of Tehran, Saeed Mortazavi.
This announcement followed closely on the heels of Friday’s sermon by senior cleric Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami in which he stated that demonstrators are muharib, a status that makes them subject to the most severe punishment, including execution. The sermon and creation of the commission follow a familiar deadly pattern, particularly given the men involved.
Mortazavi has been implicated in the death of photo-journalist Zahrah Kazemi, and the arrests and torture of other journalists and bloggers. Two of the named commissioners, Pour-Mohammadi and Ra’isi, were members of special commissions that were created in July 1988 on the orders of the then-Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini. Those commissions, known as Death Commissions, sent thousands of already sentenced political prisoners throughout Iran to their deaths based solely on their responses to a few questions. The Iranian government secretly executed the prisoners and has never acknowledged that they took place. To this day, the exact numbers and identities of those executed remain unknown.
In a pattern eerily similar to today, as the executions were beginning in 1988, the then-Chief Justice Musavi Ardebili delivered a sermon claiming that “[t]he people say they should all be executed without exceptions.”
Given this history involving many of the same powerful men, the creation of special commissions coupled with a call for executions, are clear signs that Iran intends to severely punish, and execute, demonstrators and other human rights activists. The IHRDC calls on the United Nations to prevent this from happening.
10:50 pm: Update from Tehran Bureau:
Ever since the revolution and especially after the hostage crisis,
the western media, unconsciously perhaps, pictured Iran as a hostile,
threatening country with uncivilized people. The western media were not
alone in this; they had an accomplice in the Iranian government, who
embraced this villain-ized picture of Iran. To them, the more alienated
the world was from the true Iran, the less they cared about what goes
on in the country. In fact, it was not until its secret nuclear
facilities were discovered that western governments took a real
interest in Iran.
I remember September 11, 2001. I remember watching TV all day worried and sad. I remember holding candlelight vigils with my friends for the victims. Then George W. Bush went on to declare us as one of the “Axis of Evil.” I remember asking myself, “Why?” Not a single one of the terrorists was Iranian, and I wondered why he didn’t bother to make a distinction between the government and the people. In fact, in all of the Middle East I don’t think there is a more pro-American nation than Iran, but no one made such a distinction. Consequently, the Iranian people were viewed with an aura of suspicion in every airport and embassy around the world for the rest of the Bush administration.
But all of that unfounded negative stereotyping came to an end when, in the aftermath of the elections, the nation stood up to the manipulative authorities and separated its account from that of the government. We shattered the stereotype with the amateur photos and videos taken with our own mobile phones. We captured the true picture of the Iranian nation and relayed it to the world, a picture of a young and highly educated nation yearning to be free.
Now I must tell the people of the world: Thank you! To the western media: Thank you for believing in us and in our cause. To the drinkers in the pubs of London: Thank you for supporting us and for lending us your voice.
10:04 pm: Echoes of the solidarity movement.............Iran Khodro car workers take action against regime Raye Man Kojast
The workers of the Khodro automobile company in Iran today issued the following declaration (translated for The Field from the original Farsi by Iraj Omidvar): We declare our solidarity with the movement of the people of Iran.
Autoworker, Fellow Laborers (Laborer Friends): What we witness today, is an insult to the intelligence of the people, and disregard for their votes, the trampling of the principles of the Constitution by the government. It is our duty to join this people's movement.
We the workers of Iran Khodro, Thursday 28/3/88 in each working shift will stop working for half an hour to protest the suppression of students, workers, women, and the Constitution and declare our solidarity with the movement of the people of Iran. The morning and afternoon shifts from 10 to 10:30. The night shift from 3 to 3:30.
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