CHAOS in Streets of Tehran … Iranians Protest the Ahmadinejad Election Results and Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei
The Iranian people have had enough … and take to the streets risking injury and death. These people deserve our prayers and support.
The Iranian people have taken to the streets to protest and unjust election, and unjust dictator and an unjust supreme leader. Following the corrupt elections last week that saw Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad win in a questionable landslide, the Iranian people have had enough. As protesters march, the Iranian police use tear gas, clubs and water cannon as they tried to disperse the demonstrators.
The unrest left 19 people dead, hospital sources said. Unconfirmed reports put the death toll as high as 150 on the seventh day of post-election demonstrations.
Police were using tear gas, clubs and water cannon as they tried to disperse the demonstrators.
Iranian protesters residing in Japan shout slogans at a rally in support of opposition leader Mirhossein Mousavi near the Iranian embassy in Tokyo June 20, 2009. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
Mousavi said on Saturday he did not seek confrontation with the Islamic establishment, but was quoted by a witness as calling for a national strike if he is arrested.
“We are not against the Islamic system and its laws but against lies and deviations and just want to reform it,” he said on his website.
Finally after sitting on the sidelines and being non-committal, President Barack Obama makes a comment regarding the violence and protest in Iran, Obama calls on Iran to ‘stop all violent and unjust actions:
The Iranian government must understand that the world is watching. We mourn each and every innocent life that is lost. We call on the Iranian government to stop all violent and unjust actions against its own people. The universal rights to assembly and free speech must be respected, and the United States stands with all who seek to exercise those rights.
As I said in Cairo, suppressing ideas never succeeds in making them go away. The Iranian people will ultimately judge the actions of their own government. If the Iranian government seeks the respect of the international community, it must respect the dignity of its own people and govern through consent, not coercion.
Martin Luther King once said – “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” I believe that. The international community believes that. And right now, we are bearing witness to the Iranian peoples’ belief in that truth, and we will continue to bear witness.
Go to Hot Air for some tremendous coverage of the events taking place in Iran.
UPDATE I: From the Gateway Pundit … Oh dear God please pray for the People of Iran who want nothing more than to live in a society where a vote actually counts.
Dear God– They’re shooting the unarmed democracy protesters on the street!
A woman is shot dead in Iran today.
(Warning: Very Graphic)
UPDATE II: With no due respect to those that would call the insurgents in Iraq freedom fighters, meet the REAL FREEDOM FIGHTERS in Iran. These people are taking to the streets in protest of a dictator and dictatorial regime knowing that they might die.
UPDATE III: Many Updates at the Gateway Pundit …
UPDATE IV: FREEDOM IS NEVER FREE …See what is going on behind the scenes in Iran as police clash with protesters who want their vote to count.
“I was beaten for taking photographs.” That’s Hanif, a contributor to the citizen photojournalism site Demotix
i’m worried 14 minutes ago from web
she hasn’t returned 14 minutes ago from web
my young sister has taken to the streets as well 14 minutes ago from web
things are horrible, please pray for us 14 minutes ago from web
Hat Tip: Revolutionary Road
IRANIAN BLOG – Revolutionary Road blogging from inside Iran … this is a must see and read.