It's all terrible. Imagine Islam with nukes in a post American world. What a time for America to have a pussy in the White House.
I cannot believe the impotent West allowed this to happen. Someone padlock the UN - what's the point? Just to fleece us? There was supposed to be some benefit to the thieving and embezzling, not to mention the raping and human trafficking of the UN "peace keepers."
Today President Ahmadinejad announced that the Islamic Republic had produced its first batch of 20 per cent enriched uranium.
Amnesty blog reports:
Today marks the anniversary of the foundation of the Islamic Republic of Iran 31 years ago, traditionally a day of mass rallies in Tehran and other Iranian cities. Most Iran-watchers have predicted that it will be a flash-point between ‘Green Movement’ protesters against the disputed election, and security forces. And while it’s hard to get an accurate picture of what’s happening, it looks like they were right.
The Times reports that “The opposition leaders Mehdi Karroubi and Mohammed Khatami – a former president – were attacked. Zahra Eshraghi, the granddaughter of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, leader of the 1979 revolution, was briefly arrested.”
Scouring Twitter using the #iranelections hashtag, I’ve seen a lot of traffic, numerous mentions of people being beaten by the Basiji militia, and a few references to 64-year-old Zahra Rahnavard, wife of opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi, being beaten in the street. None of them substantiated, of course – one of the problems of trying to follow developments on Twitter.
A much bigger obstacle to getting accurate news from Tehran, however, is the authorities’ clampdown on free speech. Google’s Gmail service has reportedly been shut down and major restrictions on the Internet – a complete shutdown, according to some – have been reported. Large numbers of journalists have been locked up: Reporters Without Borders says that the number of ‘journalists and netizens’ arrested is now over 65.
Then there are the reports of restrictions on protest and association. The BBC says: “The opposition is trying to bring more people into central Tehran but is being confronted by a large number of the government's Basij militia, the reports say. Security forces are armed with tear gas, live rounds – which they are firing into the air – and paint balls to mark protesters. Witnesses say they have been loading opposition supporters onto buses.”
Iran is now a 'nuclear state' says Ahmadinejad as thousands take to the streets Daily Mail hat tip Van
- Security forces fire tear gas and paint balls on opposition protesters
- Internet connections attacked in Tehran as regime tries to foil opposition
- Opposition leader attacked
Iran is now a 'nuclear state', President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced this morning. He spoke as tens of thousands of people took to the streets in Tehran to mark the 31st anniversary of the Islamic revolution.
Despite fears of violence, opposition supporters found themselves largely overwhelmed by the clerical regime and pro-government demonstrators.
The massive security clampdown appeared to succeed in preventing protesters from converging into a cohesive demonstrations.
Large numbers of riot police, members of the Revolutionary Guard and Basij militiamen, some on motorcycles, deployed in back streets near key squares and major avenues in the capital to move against protesters.
This morning Ahmadinejad told scores of cheering Iranians that the Islamic Republic is capable of producing weapons-grade uranium.
If only this were true. One wonders if it will make Obambi cry.
How ugly they are. Making what's beautiful, ugly and evil
Clashes reported -Tear gas:Trusted Field Reports - Demotix
6.33pm: Just spoke with Iran: Internet in Tehran is down.
5.15pm: @onlymehdi Protesters attack Basiji with rocks at Enghelab Street and Enghelab Square
3.40pm: State TV shows free food and gifts are being distributed to pro-regime revellers.
3.20pm: Just spoke with Iran: mobiles + phone networks in Tehran out completely. SMS out nationally. Internet terrible.
3.15pm: @homylafayette: Police car has been set on fire in the Bazaar area south of the main official route.
3.15pm: @homylafayette: 'Referendum, referendum, this is the people's slogan!' and Ya Hossein, Mir Hossein!' chanting at Sadeghiyeh district, north of Azadi Square.
2.30pm: Just spoke with Iran: Isfahan SMS is completely cut, mobile service limited.
1.30pm: Tried to call Iran: Severe disruptions to phone lines. Most mobile phones are registered as 'off'.
1.20pm: @homylafayette, pro-regime demonstrators are dropped off via a convoy of buses at Aryashahr, north of Azadi Square, Tehran.
1.15pm: Crowd of 10,000 moving towards Evin from Aryashahr.
1.15pm: Clashes at Sattar khan and Kargar. More crowd approaching Evin prison.
UPDATE: More video of counter protests: