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13 June 2009 @ 12:34 pm
Ay baba, in goh chist?!  
And of course, because there always has to be piss in the cornflakes: massive protests in Tehran as Ahmadinejad is declared the winner of Iran's presidential election by a landslide.

Take a look at the polling results leading up to the election, and you'll realize why everyone is pissed. He suddenly went from polling around 40% to winning 60% of the vote? Oh, and the Iranian news networks are suppressing coverage of the riots? Oh, and the police didn't let Mousavi (the highest-polling opposition candidate) give a press conference after the results were announced, as had been scheduled? Yeah, that sounds real fucking legit.

The one good thing that might come out of this is that the people might be pissed off enough to oust the current regime and those asstard mullahs. I can only hope that it isn't replaced by something worse, and that my family stays safe through all this.

ETA: Cell phone service has been completely shut off in Tehran, as has access to social networking sites. We think regular phone service might have been shut down as well. No word from family yet.

ETA 2: Power is now out in many parts of Tehran, for "grid repair" (pfft). Some people have been getting word out via illegal satellite hookups, so now the police are starting to crack down on those. There've been continued protests throughout the night. Mousavi has been placed under house arrest, and they might have arrested Khatami too (former president who's part of the same moderate movement). I've also heard that Tabriz (city in northern Iran) is under martial law.
sageblessing on June 13th, 2009 09:21 pm (UTC)
Ugh... I've been thinking about you and your family (esp. your grandmom in Iran) all day. What a fucking mess. Yeah, from what I've read, all cell phones in Teheran can't get a signal, but cell phones everywhere else in Iran are working just fine. Um, yeah, that doesn't look shady at all. Or how people who clearly supported Mousavi were being turned away at polling places while others who clearly supported Dr. Fucknut were standing in looooong lines waiting to get in, or other Mousavi supporters were turned away because supposedly the poll stations were "out of ballots".

I keep having visions of the military junta in Argentina mixed in with African Americans being threatened by white police officers in Georgia and dangling chads in Florida. Word to the people raising hell in the street!

Let us know if you guys make contact with your family.
Miusheri: MGCentermiusheri on June 13th, 2009 11:08 pm (UTC)
*hugs* I appreciate the well wishes very much!

My grandma died last year, actually. My remaining family in Tehran is my uncle, his wife, my cousin, his wife, a few great uncles and their families. I've never met any of them face-to-face. Thanks, governments!

I do have another cousin who's in Sanandaj for university. I don't think he went home to Tehran for summer break yet, but I'm not sure. I'm hoping he can email me, if the phones stay down.

The rumors continue to fly: student leaders have been arrested, Mousavi has been arrested, a top election official has resigned in protest, Ahmadinejad only got 13% of the popular vote, many people dead or arrested... bleh, it sucks not knowing anything for sure.

I keep reminding myself that it's early morning there right now (they're eight hours ahead of us), and no news is good news... still, when I hear anything, I'll be sure to update!
sageblessing on June 13th, 2009 11:11 pm (UTC)
Definitely check out my reply to myself below. I also just read that the girls' dorm at some uni there got raided by I think either the military or the cops (or are they one and the same, I dunno)... yeah, fuzzy reports. But the one I link to below -- HOOOOOLY SHEEEEIT
sageblessing on June 13th, 2009 11:09 pm (UTC)
Miusheri: Laramiusheri on June 13th, 2009 11:20 pm (UTC)
The paisley pattern was invented in Persia, during a period of Arab subjugation. It was a symbol of the Persian spirit: bent, but never broken.

There's only so much shit people will take before they say enough is enough. The regime fucked up big time by trying to fabricate a "mandate" for Ahmadinejad. I hope, I hope this is the start of positive change in Iran!
sageblessing on June 13th, 2009 11:50 pm (UTC)
A certain Jesus Jones song and memories of news reports from Moscow in 1991 are ringing in my head... I wish we could see what this guy with the SAT phone connection is seeing!!!

Oh, and I'm loving paisley even more than before now ;)
The Perfidious One, amethyst_hunter: Basketcat is pleasedamethyst_hunter on June 14th, 2009 09:11 am (UTC)
The paisley pattern was invented in Persia, during a period of Arab subjugation. It was a symbol of the Persian spirit: bent, but never broken.

I wish I had something paisley so I could wear it as a symbolic show of support. :/ (Not that most people around here would get it, but still...)
Miusherimiusheri on June 14th, 2009 08:34 pm (UTC)
If you have something green, that'll work! Mousavi's supporters are known as the Greens, and have been marching through the streets wearing green armbands.
Who am I?canissum on June 14th, 2009 12:39 am (UTC)
Damn. It wouldn't make me so sad if the people of Iran didn't make me smile so much. I wish governments would just stop putting the suck on.
Miusheri: spoon too bigmiusheri on June 14th, 2009 03:18 am (UTC)
I wish governments would just stop putting the suck on.

This times a thousand! *hugs*
a dreamer like youlutraphile on June 13th, 2009 11:20 pm (UTC)
Oh no! We are thinking of you and your family. :/
Miusherimiusheri on June 13th, 2009 11:22 pm (UTC)
*hugs* Thank you!
sageblessing on June 14th, 2009 12:02 am (UTC)

Hey, are you on Twitter? If not, you might wanna get on there. A TON of news is coming through on there about what's going on right now. (I'm on there under the same name that I use here.) When on there, go to the tag/keyword/whatever they call it #iranelection. The news is coming in very quickly.
Miusheri: persian_princessmiusheri on June 14th, 2009 01:28 am (UTC)
This one too- someone in Tehran tweeting from an illegal satellite hookup. ATM, s/he had to stop because the police are confiscating the satellite dishes.
Ellieellie on June 14th, 2009 03:11 am (UTC)
I know we don't talk much anymore, but I am certainly hoping your family remains safe.
Miusheri: spoon too bigmiusheri on June 14th, 2009 03:19 am (UTC)
*hugs* Many thanks! Still no word, but I suspect it's going to be a while.
The Perfidious One, amethyst_hunter: Kitteh failz at eatedamethyst_hunter on June 14th, 2009 09:05 am (UTC)
That jackass Ahmadinejad is Iran's W, unfortunately.

We can only hope that they get their Obama soon. :(
Miusheri: grim reapermiusheri on June 14th, 2009 01:15 pm (UTC)
Even if a major reform figure showed up, it's doubtful the religious leaders- the people who wield the real power in the country- would let him run. And if he attracted a large enough following, he'd probably be arrested or have an unfortunate "accident."

They put on a show of democracy, but it's really a totalitarian theocracy. They had a long thirty-year run, I hope to hell it's coming to an end.
The Perfidious One, amethyst_hunter: Kitty does not want!amethyst_hunter on June 15th, 2009 06:27 am (UTC)
Same here. It's very sobering to realize that they've been in power for at least as long as I've been on this earth. (The Revolution happened a few years after I was born)
amedio3kamedio3k on June 14th, 2009 12:03 pm (UTC)
I feel like an idiot, because my initial reaction was realizing that I had forgotten that stuff like this actually happens. I suppose I'm lucky to have that sense of security, but I don't like being that out of touch with things. :-/

You're right about the fact that people can and will only take so much. Its scary, though, to think that things often have to get really bad before they start to get better.

I'm thinking of you and your family.
Miusheri: spoon too bigmiusheri on June 14th, 2009 01:26 pm (UTC)
Talking with my relatives in Iran always yields a scary dose of perspective. Most people here, at the end of undergrad study, are thinking about getting a job or going on to grad school. My cousin who's finishing up his degree in Sanandaj instead has the choices of grad school or his compulsory military service. Even if he stays in school, when he gets out, he'll have to serve in the military then, unless some really unpleasant things happen (like if his older brother dies- if you're an only son, you don't have to serve).

Also, a lot of the Internet is inaccessible to them, and they have to be really careful about what they say to whom. People heap plenty of criticism on Ahmadinejad and the mullahs, but they have to be careful where they do it or they can get in trouble. Several of the protesters in Iran right now are wearing masks on their faces for fear of being identified.

We have a lot of freedom here, it's easy to take for granted.

And yeah, people usually have to be pushed to the brink before they'd be willing to risk their lives- because that's what's at stake here. If there's a revolution, it's not going to be any prettier than the last one, thirty years ago. That's the one my mom escaped. She was already in the States doing post-doc work, but she and my dad rushed to get married in a civil ceremony to guarantee that she wouldn't get deported or anything. They had a church ceremony a couple of months later- thus my parents celebrated two anniversaries every year, while they were together.

*hugs* I do appreciate your sentiments!

Edited at 2009-06-14 01:27 pm (UTC)