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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.
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