oh I dunno… 26 June 2009Posted by marisacat in 2010 Mid Terms, Iran, Riyadh.
Iran crackdown: Riot police have become a constant presence on the streets of the Iranian capital [Ali Nazanin/AFP/Getty Images]
I can only make it thru about a quarter of what is online, sorting thru this and that… but I think it is time, reportedly with 17 dead among the protesters and 8 of the basij troops (not that we know)… it is time for Mousavi to show his face. And, maybe, his wife as well….
What I find is shifting reports, varying from day to day, one or the other of them is said to be under a form of arrest, and surely much is opaque… but he issues statements on his website… the latest float is that his wife is missing, maybe arrested.
[W]riting on his website, Mr Mousavi said the result of the polls was a “big fraud” and that the security forces had “attacked protesters inhumanely, killed, injured or arrested them”. He continued: “I am willing to show how election criminals have stood by those behind the recent riots and shed peoples’ blood. I will not back down even for a second, even for personal threats or interests.”
There had been reports earlier in the week that Mr Mousavi’s wife, Zahra Rahnavard, had been arrested after posting a message on her husband’s website in which she said the protests must continue despite the authorities imposing regulations that she likened to martial law. There has been no further news about her whereabouts.
The authorities meanwhile continued their policy of cracking down on protest, arresting 70 university professors after they had met Mr Mousavi to discuss setting up a more liberal form of government. Later at least half of them were released, but some remain in custody. Other academics, artists, writers, poets and journalists have all been particularly targeted for harassment and detention. snip
I say, show up. It seems clear the protests, from whatever wellspring they arise, are beyond an election, beyond a vote count, beyond a man. Or his wife. Even as much is, again and still, opaque.
But, show up. I did find his statement days ago about ritual bathing and preparation for martyrdom to be spoon feeding the troops…. Western media surely carried that message aloft, as though it were the bloodied shirt.
It is other blood in the streets.
“These reasons explain why over recent weeks while the Iran elections were happening there has been virtually no coverage in most media of demonstrations numbering in the tens of thousands in Georgia or Peru. It has even been reported in Peru that dozens of persons have been killed during the protests, or “clashes” as they’ve also been labeled (since more than a dozen police have also been killed), more than the reported number killed in Iran.” (thanks Matthew)
Posted by As’ad at 8:09 AM
Just being a thief in the night here with Angry Arab posts...
“Kristen Breitweiser, an advocate for Sept. 11 families, whose husband was killed in the World Trade Center, said in an interview that during a White House meeting in February between President Obama and victims’ families, the president told her that he was willing to make the pages public. But she said she had not heard from the White House since then.” (thanks Olivia)
Posted by As’ad at 8:04 AM