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The Latest from Iran (12 June): 22 Khordaad

2130 GMT: International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran reports that a heavy security presence in Mashaad prevented significant protest, with 10 people arrested.

2100 GMT: MediaWatch. The darkly humourous mis-reporting of the Associated Press (see 1840 GMT) of a "quiet day" in Iran --- an EA correspondent asked, "Did the reporter actually leave his room today?" --- is becoming a serious case of false "news". Both MSNBC and the Jerusalem Post are recycling the despatch as the definitive account of events.

To make matters worse, the BBC seems to have taken a pass on looking for news today, settling for a bland "we're not sure but this is what others say": "Iranian security forces have reportedly clashed with groups of people trying to mark the anniversary of the disputed presidential election in Tehran. Opposition groups say confrontations began in the evening as people left work and gathered in different areas."

That would not be so bad if the BBC had not left unaltered the wayward conclusion made by their correspondent at the start of the day: "The opposition seem to have run out of ideas and many Iranians are now reduced to sullen acquiescence."

*A sharp contrast is offered by Thomas Erdbrink of The Washington Post. Having written an exaggerated account of the Green Movement's demise on 11 February, Erdbrink puts forth measured optimism for the opposition today:
"There were so many plainclothes officers, that we didn't know who was with us or who against us," a protester said. "But people were not afraid at all, which must be worrying for the government."

Even though the demonstrations were far smaller and the atmosphere generally calmer than in the post-election protests last year, the fact that people decided to go out was remarkable, analysts said.

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1940 GMT: As we near the end of the day, we've posted an analysis by Josh Shahryar, "22 Khordaad: What Happened and What It Means".

And don't forget to check out our set of videos from the day.

1840 GMT: Oh, Dear. Ali Akbar Dareini of the Associated Press --- posting only one hour ago --- summarises the day: "The one-year anniversary of Iran's disputed election passed quietly Saturday with little more than a subdued Internet appeal by opposition leaders for supporters to speak out on the Web against government repression."

To which I am afraid I will have to defer to a Twitter observer: "What were you smoking?"

1830 GMT: A RAHANA reporter claims that special forces threw rock and stones at fleeing people in Enghelab Square.

1750 GMT: An Iranian activist reports, "People move alongside cars showing V [for Victory] signs."

1645 GMT: Comment of Day? A protester reports on Balatarin, "I came back safe. Today I truly realized that we are countless. Today was great. It was better than we expected. (Let us revive our slogan of 'We Are Countless!)'"

1615 GMT: Political Prisoner Watch. Abdolreza Tajik, journalist, human rights activist, and member of the National-Religious Front, was arrested today for the third time in the past year.

1550 GMT: The Dangers of Premature Conclusion. Lindsey Hilsum of Britain's Channel 4, an excellent reporter, moves far too quickly to her keyboard this afternoon, posting 30 minutes ago: "The streets of Tehran are almost deserted today, it seems, apart from clusters of riot police and basij militia on motorbikes."

1538 GMT: We're counting at least 21 arrests so far: 12 in Enghelab Avenue, 6 near Tehran University, and 3 in Vali-e Asr Square.

Green Voice of Freedom claims about 1000 students protested at Tehran University.

1535 GMT: Political Prisoner Watch. Davoud Roshani, a member of the reformist Islamic Iran Participation Front, has been arrested.

1520 GMT: Reza Sayah of CNN is reporting from a source that tear gas was used to disperse crowds at Vali-e Asr Square.

A crowd chanted "Ya Hosein Mir Hosein" at Enghelab and Palestine Avenues before being chased away by security forces.

1510 GMT: The Green website Rah-e-Sabz has finally posted a report on the "security atmosphere" in several Iranian cities today.

1430 GMT: Political Prisoner Watch. Reports that student Kamran Asa, brother of the slain protester Kianoush Asa,  and Hamidreza and Ashkan Moseybian have been freed on bail.

1410 GMT: Reza Sayah of CNN, from a source, "Police block off westbound Revolution [Enghelab] Ave towards Azadi Square."

1405 GMT: Radio Farda has now posted a summary of the clashes and gathering crowds in central Tehran.

1355 GMT: Human Rights Activists News Agency are reporting at least 10 people detained, with security forces using tear gas and baton, in Tehran clashes.

1345 GMT: Several witnesses have told Radio Farda about scattered clashes between people and security forces around Enghelab Square.

1335 GMT: Reza Sayah of CNN reports three arrested, "blindfolded and taken away on motorcycles", in clashes at Vali-e Asr Square in Tehran. Growing crowds on sidewalks are being chased away.

1325 GMT: We've posted video of a protest at Sharif University in Tehran.

1320 GMT: There are indications that, in addition to Shiraz (see 1220 GMT), there will be protests in Tabriz & Mashaad at 5:30 p.m. local time (1400 GMT).

1315 GMT: Reza Sayah of CNN: " 1000s of riot police in all major squares and intersections Tajrish, 7 Tir, Revolution [Enghelab] Avenue." Mehdi Sharakiz adds, "Enghelab is full of both people and guards. All book stores are closed." He adds that all streets to Enghelab are blocked.

Sayah adds, "Many Basij and security forces waiting in local schools and mosques."

1300 GMT: Clamping Down. Earlier today we noted that former Vice President Massoumeh Ebtekar had blogged about the disruption at the 4 June ceremony for Ayatollah Khomeini, ""This is another sign...that indicates a serious rift and distancing with the original line and thought of Imam Khomeini, now led by a minority that wills to cling to power by any means possible." (see 0545 GMT)

The sequel is that, according to Parleman News, Ebtekar's blog has now been filtered by Iranian authorities.

1245 GMT: Reza Sayah of CNN: "Riot police out in force. 100s lining Azadi Avenue from Azadi Square to Revolution [Enghelab] Square."

1240 GMT: Reza Sayah of CNN reports from sources: "Packs of riot police roaming Azadi Ave. Basij waiting in mosque at Kaj Square".

An Iranian activist claims, "Plainclothes on their motorbikes are wandering and shouting 'Death to the traitors; to scare people."

1225 GMT: There is a lot of chatter about build-up of people around Tehran University (which would correspond with end of today's examinations) as well as attempts to gather at Vanak Square and chatting at Enghelab Square. There are also unconfirmed reports of students surrounded by security forces at Sharif University. We are monitoring before treating as confirmed.

1220 GMT: EA has absolutely reliable information from Iran that the protest in Shiraz is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. lcoal time (1400 GMT).

1200 GMT: A hat-tip to Abigail Fielding-Smith of The Independent of London: she posts testimony from "a selection of grass-roots activists", some in Iran, some who have fled, and summarises:
"Although some show signs of despair, they are determined to find new ways of keeping up their opposition. It is difficult to say how representative their voices are. With heavy reporting restrictions inside Iran, and many people afraid to communicate with foreign journalists, it is hard to gauge public opinion accurately.

Many who took part in the protests have lost interest in demonstrating, either because they fear the repercussions or because they lack faith in the movement's ability to change anything. The forces ranged against it are formidable: the might of the security establishment; the continuing, albeit weakened, power of conservative ideology in Iran; and the populist economic policies of Mr Ahmadinejad. Nonetheless, political change is often, as the activists interviewed here are starting to realise, a long game."

1145 GMT:  Conflicting reports over whether there is a visible security build-up in Tehran. Josh Shahryar posts video.

1140 GMT: We've posted a short but incisive comment by Pedestrian, "22 Khordaad: The Day We Chose to Live".

1050 GMT: Academic Corner. Human Rights Activists News Agency reports that 14 students at Kerman University have been detained. A total of 35 students were called to the university's disciplinary committee.

1040 GMT: Not a Diversion at All. The head of Iran's atomic energy programme, Ali Akbar Salehi, is quoted by Resalat: "In the next few months Iran will announce a new nuclear achievement in connection to the production of fuel for its Tehran research reactor."

1010 GMT: The First Demonstration? Human Rights Activists News Agency reports that retired workers of Pars Wagon Company in Arak have held a protest.

1005 GMT: Better Late than Never. Ahh, here comes Press TV's "objective" coverage of the anniversary:
"Iran's Press TV channel is to broadcast a documentary on the country's latest presidential election that was held on June 12 last year.

The Real Fake by renowned Iranian director Nader Talebzadeh that will be aired by the English language channel on Sunday provides realistic insight into developments in Iran before the election and the incidents after that.

The documentary seeks to resolve ambiguities that foreign audience may have about the presidential election. It includes footage that has never been broadcast on any TV channel, including some about the post-election violence and suspicious murders [hmm....Neda?; definitely not those killed in Kharizak Prison] committed in the days after the election."

The documentary also investigates the role of western media in the post-election developments in the country.

It provides facts indicating that the West has been preparing for a war with Iran after the election, which is introduced as an issue much more important than the issues surrounding the Islamic republic's 10th presidential election itself.

1000 GMT: Latest from the Streets. Cellphone and text service is reported normal. Some sources say Internet access has slowed; others say it is normal.

0840 GMT: Political Prisoner Watch. Iran's main teachers' union has called for the release of all political detainees.

0800 GMT: Reza Sayah of CNN, from Tehran sources, at 12 p.m. local time (0830 GMT): "Still no sign of police or security forces at major intersection and squares."

0733 GMT: We've posted a separate feature, "Daily Life in Tehran, One Year On".

0730 GMT: Reza Sayah of CNN reports from a Tehran source, "No sign of security forces or Basij in major intersections and squares." Iran Press News reports traffic in Tehran is normal.

0712 GMT: Meanwhile in Kyrgyzstan. The dramatic events this spring in Kyrgyzstan, where President Kurmanbek Bakiyev was forced to step down, are far from over. Violence around the southern city of Osh, a power base for Bakiyev, has killed almost 50 people in recent days, and thousands, many of them ethnic Uzbeks, have fled their homes.

0710 GMT: Marking 22 Khordaad. Reports that Iranian state TV now showing pictures of the President to mark his "victory" last year.

0700 GMT: Economy Watch. Aftab News launches another attack on the Government, writing that "Iran's economy has no steering wheel", with three months passing and no implementation of the 5th Plan.

0650 GMT: The Battle Within. Khabar Online reports that, following Tehran Friday Prayers, there were chants denouncing high-profile member of Parliament Ali Motahari, who has been sharply critical of President Ahmadinejad.

At the same time, the fallout over the 4 June shout-down of another "establishment" figure, Seyed Hassan Khomeini, continues. Ayatollah Jalaleddin Taheri Esfahani has condemned the incident in a letter to Khomeini.

Hassan Rohani, an ally of former President Hashemi Rafsanjani, has warned that, if the insults become usual, they might take down everyone, "even the planners".

0635 GMT: Protests = Foreign-Supported Terror. Press TV's website has 0 words about the anniversary of the election, preferring to headline yet another President Ahmadinejad announcement that Iran will enrich its uranium to 20 per cent (and thus does not need outside assistance to keep its Tehran Research Reactor operational).

However, Press TV' s current international programme is a not-so-subtle documentary that the "terrorist" "monarchist" group Tondar [Kingdom Assembly of Iran] is supported by the US Government. One of the allegations is that Tondar is linked to Radio Farda, the US Government-financed broadcaster.

And inside Iran, Mir Hossein Mousavi has returned to the screen of Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting after a year, albeit as a clear and present danger to the Iranian system.

0615 GMT: Why Mousavi Retreated. Kalameh, the website close to Mir Hossein Mousavi, reports that the request for a permit to demonstrate was withdrawn because the Iranian regime was planning 2 blame Greens 4 violence on the day.

0545 GMT (9: 15 a.m. in Tehran): One Year Later, Another Day Forward? It is 22 Khordaad, the anniversary of the disputed 2009 Presidential election.

Anyone who predicts what will occur today is either a bigger fool or a far smarter analyst than I. The official rationale for a march has been withdrawn by the foot-dragging of the Ministry of the Interior (which never, as far as I know, ever denied more than two of 10 requests by reformist groups for permits, but merely stalled and stalled) and the announcement of Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi. Not just the heavy security presence today, but months of suppression and intimidation have disrupted the opposition and put fear into anyone who might dare show dissent openly.

Still some activists --- inside and outside Iran --- are talking of an appearance of protest, despite the risks. Whether that manifests itself and on what scale is beyond my most speculative guess at this point.


The Battle Over Neda

Iran's state TV channel IRIB 3 reportedly tried to get in a pre-emptive strike against protest last night with a documentary on Neda Agha Soltan, the 26-year-old philosophy student killed last 20 June by a Basiji gunshot while observing a mass demonstration. No prizes for guessing that the programme would attribute Neda's death to a foreign scheme to discredit the Iranian regime.


However, IRIB's effort was pre-empted in turn --- at least on the Internet --- by a new 33-second clip of her last moments. (Warning: Graphic)


Political Prisoner Watch

RAHANA, complementing Internet chatter, writes that Iranian official in the Prosecutor General’s Office have warned student activist Majid Tavakoli, detained since 7 December, that "they have the power to do anything to him". The threats allegedly followed the publication of two letters sent by Tavakoli from Evin Prison, “For Change” and “We Will Build the Future.”

4 June Fall-Out

Massoumeh Ebtekar, Vice President in the Khatami Government, has written on her blog about last week's disruption at the ceremony for Ayatollah Khomeini, when his grandson Seyed Hassan Khomeini was shouted down by hecklers and had to cut short his speech: "This is another sign, in the long string of events in recent years, that indicates a serious rift and distancing with the original line and thought of Imam Khomeini, now led by a minority that wills to cling to power by any means possible."

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[...] coverage of developments of Iran: Iran News Now, Enduring America, Daily Nite [...]

[...] 12. Juni 2010 — Thomas v. der Osten-Sacken Enduring America verfolgt in einem Live Blog die Erignisse im Iran zum Jahrestag der Wahlfaelschung und [...]

This lack of action thus far is gut-wrenching. I really hope people come out after work hours (5pm+).

June 12, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdchoubak

RE 0615 GMT: Why Mousavi Retreated.

This photo explains quite clearly why (click on it to enlarge):" rel="nofollow">

June 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCatherine

I don't quite follow Catherine...are you getting at the fact that AN is getting more popular?

June 12, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdchoubak

No - that he's a butcher.

June 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCatherine

RE 0800 GMT: Reza Sayah of CNN, from Tehran sources, at 12 p.m. local time (0830 GMT): “Still no sign of police or security forces at major intersection and squares.”

Here is what Persian2English is reporting:" rel="nofollow">

June 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCatherine

It's a shame you're not posting here at EA, but I actuaklky hope you'll be out on the streets of Paris this afternoon with the Paris chapter of Where Is My Vote in their human chain of green-clad, masked protesters marching from the Mur de la Paix (Wall of Peace art installation, southeast of the Eiffel Tower) to the Invalides to mark the anniversary of the June 12 disputed election and honor the faceless political prisoners being held in the Islamic Republic's jails.
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June 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCatherine

RE Iran’s state TV channel IRIB 3 reportedly tried to get in a pre-emptive strike against protest last night with a documentary on Neda...

Same thing with Shirin Ebadi:
Iranian state television has attacked Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi in the run up to the anniversary of last year’s disputed presidential vote. The report aired on June 10 accused Ebadi of collaborating with “the enemies” of the Islamic Republic and “deviant groups,” including religious activists and the communist Tudeh party. The report also said she had played a “major role” in the postelection events of last summer.
Read more (incl. video of TV report):" rel="nofollow">

June 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCatherine


June 12, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdchoubak

The always poetic, moving words of Pedestrian, yesterday:
"No, I haven’t forgotten that tomorrow is June 12th. That day. That glorious, hopeful, horrendous day. - Tomorrow, the streets of Tehran will be eerily quiet. There will be traffic, there will be noise, there will be pollution and people shouting swear words out of frustration just like any other day. But for many of us, time will stop and the world will go dark. Memories will take us away, one by one." (...) "June 12th isn’t just the day we died, but the day we chose to live."" rel="nofollow">

June 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWitteKr

BTW, I'm really glad you asked - that's one comment I want to be perfectly clear to everyone! :-)

June 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCatherine

That's what i'm here ask those key Q's.

June 12, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdchoubak

How Tehran governor dismissed opposition request for rally:
“There was no reason for us to issue a demonstration permit,” and declared that there will be no gathering on June 12 and “the seditious movement” according to Tamddon, had made a request from the governor’s office for an “unrealistic demonstration.”

ISNA reports that Tamddon referred to the June 12 demonstration as a “ridiculous” affair that is “not a subject of discussion.” He added that any attempt at disrupting public order on this day will be “confronted according to the law.”" rel="nofollow">

June 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCatherine

NIAC Calls on Iran to End Abuses, US to Engage on Human Rights Ahead of Election Anniversary

Washington, DC – As the one-year anniversary of Iran’s 2009 presidential elections approaches, the National Iranian American Council reiterates its call for the government of Iran to end its campaign of repression and implores the United States and the world community to not neglect the Iranian people’s struggle for human rights.
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June 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCatherine

Is this the statement of support by Rahnavard you were looking for in English yesterday?

Rahnavard Issues Statement: The bare minimum demands by Iran'a Green Movement (full statement below photo and intro)" rel="nofollow">

June 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCatherine

Iran ranks 104 out of 149 in Global Peace Index 2010 ............. .........................................
but Israel ranks 144!" rel="nofollow">

June 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCatherine

[...] Enduring America: Live-Blog zum Jahrestag der gefälschten Wahl [...]

Washington Post op-ed: What if the Obama administration fully sided with Iran's Green Movement?
Conclusion: "Mr. Obama's strategy hasn't slowed Iran's nuclear program or its aggressions toward Iraq, Lebanon or Israel. The popular discontent reflected in the Green Movement offers another avenue for action, one that is more in keeping with America's ideals. It's time for the president to fully embrace it."" rel="nofollow">

June 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWitteKr


Thanks a lot for this video! Simply makes me cry, delam baraye Tehran yek zarreh shodeh...


June 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterArshama

Mini demonstration at Tehran?
Unconfirmed, but appears authentic:" rel="nofollow">

Can someone identify the area within Tehran please?

June 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterArshama

South African vuvuzuelas play in support of Iranians :-)" rel="nofollow">

June 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterArshama

Please fix the link for 1335 GMT

June 12, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdchoubak

A reader has sent the following to EA:

"You know, I’m apparently a minority of one, but I was really impressed with both the blatant and subtle messages communicated by what Mousavi and Obi-Wan Karroubi did this past couple of weeks, culminating in their joint statement “cancelling” today’s protest.

First of all, by very publicly applying for a permit to assemble under Article 27 of the Constitution, etc., they (1) demonstrated internationally that they aren’t outlaws and (2) perfectly set up the regime to show that the regime is operating completely outside of the laws Iran established for itself. Of course they and we all knew that the regime wouldn‘t grant a permit to them, or any of the other opposition organizations who also applied, a permit to peacefully gather. But by making the very public and repeated requests to do so, as well as publicly documenting all of the bogus objections of the regime and their responsible attempts to resolve the extra-legal runarounds, Mousavi and Obi-Wan were extremely effective in creating a situation in which the regime, once again, showed its true outlaw colors. Of course, no-one either inside, or outside of Iran who has any sense (i.e., everyone other than the Leveretts), expected the regime to grant the permit. But I think it was useful both internally and internationally that they made this very public effort to play by the rules to show, once again, that Iran’s current rulers are operating completely outside the law.

Mousavi’s and Obi-Wan’s statement that they were “cancelling” their call for a peaceful assembly today because the regime wouldn’t give them a permit and, therefore, they couldn’t guarantee the physical safety of the citizenry was also masterful. This “cancellation” only further demonstrated the lawfulness and responsible citizenship of the Greens in stark contrast to the lawless brutality of the regime. Nice touch!

The part of their joint statement that communicated their true message to the populace of Iran was embedded within the other rhetoric. I’m limited in understanding whether this part of their message actually stood out in the original Persian-language statement, but it stood out to me in bold letters in the English translation: The true honor belongs to those who, despite all the threats, dangers, and insecurities and knowing the potential life-threatening and financial consequences, still have not given up on their rightful protest.

Pardon me, but could there be a clearer call to action to the Greens?"

June 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterScottLucas11

Barbara Lochbihler, Member of the European Parliament and Chair of the European Parliament delegation for relations with Iran, has once more highlighted Iran’s appalling human rights record in the past year.


Lochbihler added that the current row over Iran’s nuclear programme should not “distract” from the other “domestic challenges” faced by Iran. She said that the European Union “must focus not only on the nuclear dossier but also respond to all the issues—Iran's internal developments, its economic problems and the security challenges in the region.”

“The Iranian leadership will have no choice but to accept far-reaching reforms. The country will not live up to the potential of its thousands of years of history, its people and its resources, if the government does not recognise the advantages for its citizens which more freedom would bring about.” Lochbihler argued that “Only through democratisation will Iran be able to realise this potential—for the benefit of the people and in the interest of stability in the region.”
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June 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCatherine

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