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Posted 6/15/2009 at 9:31 AM by Kate C (katecumbo)
Kate CHas everyone been watching the election results in Iran -- there is a lot of protesting going on in the streets and on the University campuses with many claiming that the elections were rigged. Let's send our support Shirin Ebadi and our other friends in Iranian as they work through these struggles!
Posted 6/15/2009 at 10:39 AM by Alan C (alan.calvert)
Alan CI've been checking my news sources when I can this last weekend, and wish I had had more time. I don't have cable news, nor take the time to watch their online equivalents, but have had the fortunate luck to have already been following a twitter user who is very involved with "re-tweeting" the stories that he think are most relevant. I realize this means my "news" might be a bit biased and skewed towards support of Mousavi... I'm okay with that.

The twitter page of the before mentioned "friend".
http://twitter.com/dlayphoto

Heading to twitter.com and searching for "iranelection" shows all the current posts (tweets) that include this tag and may or may not be related. Unfortunately, while finding "news" this way can sometimes be useful, but can easily turn into a pack of rumors. On one hand, twitter may be the only way in which Iranians are able to get information out of Iran and broadcast to the world, but the potential of false reports being included in those statements is a bit too large for my tastes.

One of the strongest images from the protests that I've seen so far has been of pro-Mousavi protesters attempting to protect and administer aide to a riot police officer, who had been overwhelmed by another group of protesters. I'll see if I can find it. the Huffington Post has it as part of their collection of images from the past 4 days.



Posted 6/15/2009 at 12:04 PM by Kate C (katecumbo)
Kate CHow Alan -- this photo is powerful. My heart goes out to everyone in Iran right now. There has be something we can be doing to help. Any ideas anyone?
Posted 6/16/2009 at 9:31 AM by Tony M (Peaceman)
Tony MWhat we have seen the last few days has been extraordinary. For 30 years people have been 'persuaded' not to demonstrate for fear of what would happen. People now seem to be ignoring any threats. Some people have already been killed. We can only hope that no more people suffer. I hope that the authorities are as open and transparent as possible regarding the allegations over the election. Clearly many people do not accept that the result was honest and democratic. Let's hope that if both sides are on the streets they can do so without attacking each other.

There are reports today that there are now many restrictions on foreign journalists. Basically their press cards mean nothing and they are pretty much restricted to their hotels. That's never a good sign.
Posted 6/16/2009 at 12:19 PM by Brett E (Brett)
Brett EI was so busy that I missed a bunch of this, but on Sunday I got some time to catch up with the news and there's a lot of crazy footage out there about what's going on. I still need to read more to form any sort of opinion but I do know that I worry for all the protesters and hope that they are ok.
Posted 6/16/2009 at 4:46 PM by Alan C (alan.calvert)
Alan CMore Iranian Election aftermath news. This is from one of the contributors of The Huffington Post

The specific page is HERE

There really is almost an overload of information on this page, but a few highlights from the current top of the page as I type this are:

First item of note are statements by President Obama. Specifically having to do with the need of the US to stay out of the Iranian demonstrations. Iran needs to be able to say any change that takes place within the country needs to be self-directed. Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi has been stating this for years. Any move towards democracy in Iran must be created by Iranians. Also of note is Obama's implication that the two candidates are not all that different in ideologies in terms of security issues that the US is concerned about.

Second is the first I'd heard from Dr. Ebadi since the beginning of the elections.

4:36 PM ET -- Then they came for the human rights lawyers. Via reader Colin.

Security officials posing as clients entered the Tehran offices of one of Iran's leading human rights lawyers today and arrested him, Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi just told NPR's Davar Iran Ardalan.


That lawyer, Abdolfattah Soltani, spoke with Davar just yesterday -- telling her that the Iranian government should recount all the votes in last Friday's disputed presidential election, in which President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was declared the winner by a 2-1 margin.

"Once they were inside they immediately confiscated his computer and other documents and they arrested Mr. Soltani," Ebadi said in today's interview. "As far as we know, they did not have an arrest warrant."

Ebadi later called to tell NPR that several other human rights activists had been rounded up as well.

Update: Via reader Golnaz, Ebadi also called for a new election in an interview with Radio Free Europe:

I believe that a recount of the votes under the current conditions won't solve anything. A new election must be held and this time it should be under the monitoring of International organizations so that all participants would be contented that the votes that come out of the ballot boxes are the real votes of the people.



There is much more to read and catch up on...

As for Kate's question of how to support...
I feel the question still becomes of what support is even helpful. If help is seen as outside influence, could that weaken the position of the pro-Mousavi protesters? Even if it is to keep all of your friends and family aware of the plight of the Iranians, it's still sort of a "Hey everyone, this is really important... umm... but don't actually do anything to help, because that could undermine the efforts of the people we support."

Frustrating.
Posted 6/16/2009 at 9:45 PM by Alan C (alan.calvert)
Alan CAnd a little bit more...

an interesting story about how social media (twitter, youtube, facebook, etc...) is being used and who is using it during the aftermath of the Iranian Presidential Elections last week.

http://mashable.com/2009/06/16/twitter-iran/
Posted 6/16/2009 at 11:33 PM by Dave W (DaveyBoy)
Dave WHow about some intense photos:
link
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Posted 6/17/2009 at 6:07 PM by Brett E (Brett)
Brett E
Dave W wrote:
How about some intense photos:
link


holy... you weren't kidding about it when you said "intense"

I am hoping for the safety of all the protesters but I dunno how likely that is after seeing those photos.

Pani said that Shirin is ok, that she's out of the country but if she was in the country it's likely they would have arrested her as they are arresting lots of lawyers to prevent them from defending the protesters.

I know most of these pictures are old and lots of us have seen them, but I'm sure there are people who they will be new to so I'm posting them. I am totally stealing this from another msg board where a friend put this post, so thank you to capaneo for finding these pictures, puting them up and writing the descriptions.


A supporter of defeated Iranian presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi shouts slogans during riots in Tehran on June 13, 2009. Hardline incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was declared winner by a landslide in Iran's hotly-disputed presidential vote, triggering riots by opposition supporters and furious complaints of cheating from his defeated rivals. (OLIVIER LABAN-MATTEI/AFP/Getty Images)


2Supporters of Mir Hossein Mousavi march through Valiasr Street during riots in Tehran on June 13, 2009. (OLIVIER LABAN-MATTEI/AFP/Getty Images) #


3Protestors set fires in a main street in Tehran, Iran in the early hours of Monday, June 15, 2009. Iran's supreme leader ordered Monday an investigation into allegations of election fraud, marking a stunning turnaround by the country's most powerful figure and offering hope to opposition forces who have waged street clashes to protest the re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. (AP Photo) #


4Young men run past a burning bus during a riot in Tehran on June 13, 2009. (OLIVIER LABAN-MATTEI/AFP/Getty Images) #


5A riot-police officer strikes a man with a baton near Tehran University on June 14, 2009. Iran's defeated presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi said on Sunday he has asked the powerful Guardians Council to cancel the result of the presidential poll, while urging his supporters to continue peaceful protests. (STR/AFP/Getty Images) #


6A man is detained by Iranian riot-police in front of Tehran University during riots in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, June 14, 2009. (AP Photo) #


7Iranian students, supporters of presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi, try to keep clear of tear gas being lobbed back and forth at the main entrance of Tehran University during riots on Sunday, June 14, 2009. (AP Photo) #


8Students, supporters of Mir Hossein Mousavi demonstrate at the main entrance of Tehran University during riots on Sunday, June 14, 2009. (AP Photo) #


9Iranian supporters of reformist candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi gather on the streets protesting the results of the Iranian presidential election in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, June 13, 2009. (AP photo) #


10Members of the Iranian hardline volunteer Basij militia begin to enter Tehran University where supporters of Mir Hossein Mousavi were protesting against the latest election's results at Tehran's University on June 14, 2009. (AFP/Getty Images) #


11Supporters of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and members of the Basij militia hurl stones towards supporters of Mir Hossein Mousavi who are inside Tehran University on Sunday, June 14, 2009. (AP Photo) #


12Backers of defeated Iranian presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi are beaten by government security men during riots in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, June 14, 2009. (AP Photo) #


13Riot policemen deploy in Tehran's Enghelab square to disperse protesters demonstrating against the election results in Tehran on June 14, 2009. (AFP/Getty Images) #


14Hard-line supporters armed with batons try to break into a house where protesters found shelter in central Tehran June 14, 2009. (REUTERS/Stringer) #



15A motorcycle burns in a street of Tehran, Iran on Sunday, June 14, 2009. (AP photo/Vahid Salemi) #


17A supporter of defeated presidential candidate Mousavi is beaten by government security men as fellow supporters come to his aid during riots in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, June 14, 2009. (AP Photo) #



18A man with a cane gestures towards a woman on the ground during protests in central Tehran June 14, 2009. (REUTERS/Stringer) #



19Supporters of defeated Iranian presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi are followed by Iranian riot-police with batons in front of Tehran University during riots in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, June 14, 2009. (AP Photo) #



25Iranian riot policemen kick a man in Zartusht street close to the Interior Ministry, as supporters of reformist candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi started to gather on the streets protesting the declared results of the Iranian presidential election in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, June 13, 2009. (AP photo/STR) #



26A riot policeman hits a motorcyclist with a baton during a protest against the election results in Tehran June 14, 2009. (REUTERS/Stringer) #


27A riot-police officer sprays tear-gas at a supporter of Mir Hossein Mousavi, who is attacking him with a police stick during riots in Tehran on June 13, 2009. (OLIVIER LABAN-MATTEI/AFP/Getty Images) #



28Supporters of Mir Hossein Mousavi try to calm down fellow demonstrators as they rescue a bloodied riot policeman (center) who was beaten during a protest in Valiasr Street in Tehran on June 13, 2009. (BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP/Getty Images) #



29A backer of Mir Hossein Mousavi helps evacuate an injured riot-police officer during riots in Tehran on June 13, 2009. (OLIVIER LABAN-MATTEI/AFP/Getty Images) #



30Black smoke rises above the Tehran skyline as supporters of Mir Hossein Mousavi burn tires and other material in the streets as they fight running battles with police to protest the declared results of the Iranian presidential election in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, June 13, 2009. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis) #



31A protester holds a stone during clashes with police in Tehran June 13, 2009. Thousands of people clashed with police on Saturday after the disputed election victory of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sparked the biggest protests in Tehran since the 1979 Islamic revolution. (REUTERS/Ahmed Jadalla) #



32Armed with handguns, members of the Iranian security force, in civlian clothes, fire warning shots to disperse supporters of Mir Hossein Mousavi in central Tehran on June 14, 2009. (OLIVIER LABAN-MATTEI/AFP/Getty Images) #



33A poster of defeated candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi is seen on the broken-down door of a room in Tehran University dormitory after it was attacked by militia forces during riots in Tehran, Iran in the early hours of Monday, June 15, 2009. Overnight, police and militia stormed the campus at the city's biggest university, ransacking dormitories and arresting dozens of students angry over what they claim was election fraud. (AP photo) #



34An image of Mir Hossein Mousavi is seen (lower left), fixed to a desk with a smashed computer monitor in a room in a Tehran University dormitory after it was attacked by militia forces during riots in Tehran, Iran in the early hours of Monday, June 15, 2009. (AP photo) #



36On Monday, June 15, 2009, Iranian opposition demonstrators protest in support of defeated presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi, in Tehran. Opposition supporters defied a ban to stage a mass rally in Tehran in protest at President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's landslide election win, as Iran faced a growing international backlash over the validity of the election and the subsequent crackdown on opposition protests. (BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP/Getty Images) #



37Defeated reformist presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi (center) raises his arms as he appears at an opposition demonstration in Tehran on June 15, 2009, appearing in public for the first time since an election that has divided the nation. (BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP/Getty Images) #



38Defying an official ban, hundreds of thousands of Iranian supporters of Mir Hossein Mousavi demonstrate in Tehran on Monday, June 15, 2009. (BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP/Getty Images) #
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Posted 6/17/2009 at 8:31 PM by Dawn E (Dawn)
Dawn EI just read that they were taking human righs activists right out of their hospital beds and carting them away to prison... how terrifying!
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