Friday, June 19, 2009
Early this Morning in Iran at Tehran University the Supreme Leader spoke at Morning Prayers, and basically continued to Bless the Election results and blamed the US and UK for the current opposition sentiment. From the Transcripts I have seen he did not mention the murder of the stundents by the Baseji at the Dorms, or mention the students being held at the Interior.Susposedly Ahmadinejead was somewhere in the crowds.This article is from the Independent, and I will post more as I find it. As if last night at 3AM Mousavi supporters were not planning on attending these prayers, but there is a Rally planned for Saturday.That the Supreme Leader is supporting this Rigged Election and murder of students and civilians is very concerning. I encourage people to keep tuning in to Huffington Post Nico Pitney's Live Thread, The Guardian 's Live Thread, and Robert Fisk at the Independent, all links below.
Snippet from The Independent:::
"Ayatollah Ali Khamenei sided with hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and offered no concessions to the opposition. He effectively closed any chance for a new vote by calling the June 12 election an "absolute victory."The speech created a stark choice for candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi and his supporters: Drop their demands for a new vote or take to the streets again in blatant defiance of the man endowed with virtually limitless powers under Iran's constitution.Khamenei accused foreign media and Western countries of trying to create a political rift and stir up chaos in Iran."Some of our enemies in different parts of the world intended to depict this absolute victory, this definitive victory, as a doubtful victory," he said. "It is your victory. They cannot manipulate it."Khamenei said the 11 million votes that separated Ahmadinejad from his top opponent, Mousavi, were proof that fraud did not occur. Ahmadinejad watched the sermon from the front row. State television did not show Mousavi in attendance."
The Guardian is still liveblogging it, with video and updates.
Nico Pitney is still liveblogging it at Huffington Post
Translated version of the speech by the Supreme Leader 6.19.09 ( via twitter and the Guardian)
NYT reports Supreme Leaders speech and views it as a warning to the Youth and the Protesters . Supreme Leader said that the Country's Youth are spiritually misguided.
UPDATE 2 AM - 5 AM
Juan Cole's latest post about the Mourning Rallies.....
Interesting article about the Factional Divide at the top in Iran...
More photos- NEW from the 6.18.09 Rallies
Rallies of Support planned around the country this weekend
revolutionary group puts the Number of those killed at 43.....
Human Rights Watch demanding investigation into the Protester's Deathes....
andrew sullivan live- twitting the uprising
New videos tonight of today's rally, from Voice of America
Petition asking the UN to investigate the Election and provide Election Monitoring in Iran.
Citizen Tube has been posting great videos....thank google that they are trying to help, with videos and translation services starting today...
BBC is fighting the Sattelite interferance.
7 PM Update ( going to Twitter):::
Time Photo Gallery -welldone.
Wallstreet Journal examines the Twitter effect on this situation.
Video from Day Of Mourning:::
For days now I have been forwarding messages, links, and photos, videos to The Guardian and Huffington Post ( and yes, much has been from twitter the past 2 days)....as I know many others have as well. I encourage people to keep doing this, as the Media Blackout continues, Online Sources will need to continue to need people digging at twitter ( that as of last night was still getting over 100,000 hits an hour).I will continue to update this post throughout the day, email me if you have updates. To those that have been sending updates I say thank you. To the "Sites Within" that I was using to get information and have now been shut down , I send my prayers for your safety.