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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: 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)