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IRAN FLAGAt the request of our readers, we're starting this feature as a quick guide to the day's event. For rolling updates through the day, go to The Latest from Iran.

After yesterday afternoon’s surge in tension and uncertainty, particularly at the rally in front of the Iranian Parliament, a strange, almost eerie quiet in news and chatter. There is little coming in from sources and Twitter.

CNN’s website, which went on Red Alert over reports of beatings of protesters, particular in a dramatic phone call (see Latest Video) from an eyewitness to its studio and its correspondent’s general assertion of Iranian paramilitary Basiji “acting like animals”, has fallen back with a peripheral statement from Iran’s Ambassador to Mexico and the official Iran line of the Supreme Leader’s call for tolerance. (It should be noted, however, that CNN TV — back in its vacuum of news — is running heavily with criticism of the Iranian regime from its reporters, Nobel Prize Winner Shirin Ebadi, author Azadeh Moaveni, and Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi.)

Press TV, after suddenly breaking its blackout to give attention to the general political situation (though not to the specific demonstration at the Parliament). The BBC (English service) isn’t even sure that anything took place yesterday: their website headline uses cautionary quote marks, “Protesters ‘in new Iran clashes’”.

The lull in information leaves questions on both the public and private fronts. Publicly, there are conflicting reports over whether this afternoon’s demonstration (4:30 p.m. local time; 1200 GMT) proceeds; there is a claim that Presidential candidate Mehdi Karroubi has “cancelled” the memorial to those who have died in post-election violence.

Privately, there is a suspension of news on the manoeuvres within the Government and between the Government and the opposition. There is no follow-up to last night’s intriguing report of a meeting between a key official, the head of the National Security Council, with former President Rafsanjani and candidates Mousavi and Rezaei.

Reader Comments (3)

what is the esource for the report of the meeting?

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered Commenters.


Reliable Twitter source from Iran claimed meeting took place. We're still searching for confirmation.


June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterScott Lucas

Other than a new election, which is doubtful will happened, just what are the demands of the young people and the demonstrators? It would be helpful for them to post a list of demands they want from the government. otherwise it just looks to everyone as an attempt to overthrow the offical elected leader.

what changes do they want from the government in detail?

they continually talk about peaceful demonstrations. Burning buses and destroying property don't look peaceful to me. it seems to me that the demonstrators need to have their own support personal to control the crowd and weed out those that encourage violence and want to use the demonstrations as a means to destabalize the govenrment.

A list of grivences please.

June 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermarcus

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