6/28/09

Iranian Poeple Take To The Streets Once More



Just this morning the Los Angeles Times declared, "The streets of Tehran are quiet once again." But what seemed to be extinguished has begun to burn anew.

The New York Times reports:
In spite of all the threats, the overwhelming show of force and the nighttime raids on private homes, protesters still flowed into the streets by the thousands on Sunday to demonstrate in support of Mr. Moussavi.

Mr. Moussavi, who has had little room to act but has refused to fold under government pressure, had earlier received a permit to hold a ceremony at the Ghoba mosque to honor Mohammad Beheshti, one of the founders of the 1979 revolution who died in a bombing on June 28, 1981, that killed dozens of officials. Mr. Moussavi used the anniversary as a pretense to call a demonstration, and by midday the streets outside the elaborately tiled mosque were filled with protesters, their arms jabbing the air, their fingers making a V symbol, for victory.
Meanwhile, many of the on-the-ground the sources of information have gone silent. Persiankiwi, one of most prolific and trusted of the Twitterers inside Tehran, has possibly been detained. Nico Pitney reports that another Twitterer claiming to be Persiankiwi has popped up, but no one could verify the authenticity of this claim. The Iranian authorities are known to have used Twitter and other forms of new media for disinformation purposes.

The disinformation campaign inside Iran continues with televised confessions; arrests of not only reporters, but Iranians working for British embassy; and even what the Los Angeles Times calls "the Orwellian twist taken by state and pro-government news media." Apparently Iranian news is reporting that Neda Agha-Soltan--the protestor who was fatally shot, her cell-phone-recorded image broadcast round the world--was a Basiji volunteer whose murder was arranged by the BBC.

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