Reproduced with permission from Heretic (she's passed out in the bar drip tray). This needs an article post, not the comment wall. I am calling 50/50 on this - There is an awful lot of momentum and it may topple President Unpronouncible. The much (and unfairly) maligned Al Jazeera
has been on the ball reporting on the situation. Arab Media Watch
is good too. I wouldn't rely too much on western reporting here. The fact that the protests are very successfully defeating the blanket censorship in place indicates Iran as a whole now believes nothing from official channels. That is a very good indicator that this is something much bigger than anyone anticipated.
Some emails that have gotten out of Iran -
Church (Mosque) + State = Election Fraud
Iran's Interior Ministry leaked the following information today:
Mr. Mousavi (first reformist candidate) won 48% of the popular vote
Mr. Karroubi (second reformist candidate) won 28% of the votes
Incumbent President Ahmadinejad won 13% of the votes
These results are consistent with and support the large-scale public rioting and protesting that has erupted in Iran as a result of the Iranian government’s announcement of Ahmadinejad as winner of the 2009 election.
The mainstream media is not reporting this-this is only circulating on unofficial channels.
Source: A friend on A|N who lives in Iran now, info current as of this morning. He is an Iranian national.
This morning, he wrote,
It's a fraud. Most of Iran did not take part in the last election (because elections here are not free and fair, you can only select within a few who are approved by the Guardian Council which is a establishment under the leader), the turnout was around 48% and Ahmadinejad managed to win with a small margin.
This time, the turnout was huge, more than 85% of people voted. The idea was: even though it is not a free election, but anybody is better than Ahmadinejad. People used to say: Having a donkey as president is better than having this monkey. But suddenly, they announce him as the winner with 85% of the votes. The election here is managed by the Ministry of Interior (meaning Ahmadinejad's government) and is supervised by the same Guardian Council whose members are appointed by the leader (who strongly supports Ahmadinejad).
This morning more than a 100 (yes, it is true: >100) journalists and people close to reformist candidates have been arrested. ALL reformist newspapers are closed. Both reformist candidates are under house arrest, all their websites are filtered, the government has shut down the SMS service and the mobile network was also down til just a couple of hours ago. This is a coup d'etat, This a***ole is not our president, we have not voted for him.
Just a couple of minutes ago some of the employees of the ministry managed to somehow leak the original results of the election out, and according to that Mr. Mousavi (the 1st reformist candidate) won 48% of the vote and Mr. Karroubi ( second reformist candidate) won 28% of the votes. Ahmadinejad had just won 13% of the total votes. Ahmadinejad is not our president, please pass this message to others you may find interested.
Truth needs to come out-this 'election' was a fraud.