Sunday, June 28, 2009
Sunday June 28th...Day 16 In Iran Uprising Updates
DO BE SURE TO READ THE 1-3 PM UPDATES ABOUT THE RALLIES TODAY AT THE MOSQUE AND SEE THE FOOTAGE OF KARROUBI AT THE PROTEST....amazing videos
8 British Embassy Staffers have been "Detained" or "Arrested".
BBC states that they have been arrested"for their part in the post election "riots."
More from CNN Blograises more questions than answers.
TEHRAN, Iran (CNN) — Eight local staff members of the British embassy in Tehran have been arrested in connection with the country’s post-election unrest, Iran’s government-funded Press TV reported Sunday.Asked about the arrests of the local staffers, an official at the embassy would only say, “They couldn't’t come to the office today.” The person asked not to be identified because he is not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.The embassy’s official response was that it had seen the reports and were following up on them, a spokesman said.Meanwhile, the Foreign Office in London said it had recently “received a number of, sometimes confused, reports that British nationals or others with British connections have been detained. We continue to raise them with the Iranian authorities.”
A Foreign Office spokesman further added: “People with connection to the U.K. have been arrested all week.”
* ( I did check the TIMES -UK, and Guardian and The Independent to try to verify this information, but it was not online yet.
Campaign Center of Un-Named Presidential candidate seized ? read below
From Tonight at 3 AM
Voice of America::: More about it here
"A report published Saturday by the pro-government Fars news agency says police in Tehran seized a building that was operating as a campaign center for an unnamed presidential candidate. According to the report, police claim the building was being used as a "command center for psychological warfare against Iran's national security."
Opposition PLOT described in The Guardian Is very concerning, and worrisome. If Comrades have been "interrogated".
Snippet from The Guardian::
Jailed Iranian reformists have been tortured in an attempt to force them into TV "confessions" of a foreign-led plot against the Islamic regime, it was alleged today, as the country's guardian council buried hopes for any significant revision of the disputed presidential election.According to Iranian opposition websites, the "confessions" are aimed at implicating Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, the defeated reformist candidates, in an alleged conspiracy.Mostafa Tajzadeh, Abdollah Ramezanzadeh and Mohsen Aminzadeh, all Mousavi supporters, are reported to have undergone "intensive interrogation" sessions in Tehran's Evin prison since Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's disputed re-election.
They are among several hundred activists, academics, journalists and students detained in a crackdown coinciding with the brutal suppression of street protests.Prisoners reportedly heard screams from Tajzadeh and Ramezanzadeh in Evin's section 209, which is reserved for political prisoners and is run by the hard line intelligence ministry. Aminzadeh, a former deputy foreign minister, was heard shouting: "I am not going to give interviews."
Amnesty International said the reports came from "very credible sources".
The guardian Council has declared there were no major violations in the vote, which it described as the "healthiest" since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. It had already rejected a call by Mousavi, for the election to be annulled because of suspected vote rigging.a senior cleric, Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami, told worshippers at Tehran University: "I want the judiciary to ... punish leading rioters firmly and without showing any mercy to teach everyone a lesson." Ominously, he used the term "mohareb" – "one who wages war against God" – a crime punishable by death.
Khatami's sermon, broadcast live on state TV, included accusations that the unrest was supported by Israel and the US, and that foreign journalists had reported falsely. He claimed Neda Agha Soltan, who became a symbol of the opposition when her death was caught on video, was a victim of protesters, not the security forces. "Government forces do not shoot at a lady standing in a side street," he said."
Women and the Vote , Tehran Bureau
Reza Azla's post in TIME about The spirit of 79 revolution.
4 PM ??? or 6 PM??? Tehran time the rally for the Martyrs Gobyl sq. who knows ?? Twitter was confused...and had both times...I guess I worry if the campaign ce
nter was seized yesterday, is the "legal" rally really legal ?
10 AM Update
According to CNN, Martyrs rally is to be held, at 10 AM ,( NO other source of confirmation) BBC and Guardian and NYT are no longer Liveblogging. ( and not other new reports from Independent or TIMES) ( Rally said to be legal ad to be held at 6PM).Which would be about now- 6 PM is Iran time). ( during night it was reported by Saeed on the CNN desk. So that is the only confirmation the rally is planned) See Comment Thread.
CNN story on the Planned "legal" rally today ( will put in Comments)
Do read Nico Pitney's Huffington Post, he is still liveblogging it updating by the hour.
More being tweeted by Andrew Sullivan
NYT liveblog will be back on Monday. Guardian as well.
11:50 AM More news::
CNN just updated about the rally 17 minutes ago, confusing story still unfolding , but worth reading.
12 Noon ::
Video from today Remains unconfirmed and does not match the CNN report, ( will keep checking)
Translation of the video label here::
"June 28, 2009 Gathering of people protesting the election results - July 88 th to the mosque located within cassock Shariati Street"
Please note on the video, they are wearing Black, men and women, and I did not see any cellphones filming. They are chanting: " Today people were chanting "Where are you Beheshti? Mousavi's left all alone." & "Ya-Hossein Mir Hossein". They were chanting to the Deceased Martyr calling his name to help and protect Mousavi, and Mousavi was NOT present at this event. ( Leading to many questions as to his whereabouts , safety etc). But What they are chanting proves that this tape is authentic.Also The tape says location is Shariati Street ( tweet update below - says that is where riot vans are headed).
Very Brave People.....very.
June 28, 2009 12 :15 Tweet Analysis ( after following multiple threads):
Gathering of people protesting the election results - July 88 th to the mosque located within cassock Shariati Street .
Thousands were on the street estimates are 5-20,000 people, and Uncertain if the "Forces" recognize this as a Legal Gathering, There are motorcycles and tear gas. ( these tweets are following the events between 8-10 PM)
Latest Tweets Analysis as of 12:30 :::
"Riot vans are heading there."
MORE amazing footage from today:::
Footage with of Protesters at the Mosque
From Nico 's Blog:
2:14 PM ET -- More video reportedly from today. This incredible video shows Mehdi Karroubi, the other reformist candidate to run in the presidential election who has now allied himself with Mosuavi, marching along with the crowd.
2PM on CNN they ran this update:::
Be back later with more news. Email me, as comments remain disabled.
Enigma Comment:: This photo is Evin Prison where hundreds are being Held without charges, many arrested on the streets, many from their homes and now it has been confirmed that some have been removed from the hospitals. Many are students, activists, educators, and Journalists, and Wounded people. The Numbers range from 475 to Hundreds ( One EU Human Rights org estimated over 2000). Many are regular hardworking people that did nothing other than question WHAT happened to their Vote ? They are Now Imprisoned.
Please do write to the UN and Please do write to The International Red Cross and ask is there ANY way that the Status of those "Detained" and now Prisoners at Evin Prison can be Checked.Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch are already working on this issue as well.
Still calling to God on the Roof...Allah-o-Akbar..(thanks to nico for finding more).