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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*