Is anyone paying attention to this? It's amazingly fucked up. It's estimated 1mil-3mil people were marching in Tehran today. And it will only get worse. Best source for news is twitter:
This guy is on the ground in Tehran at the protest: http://twitter.com/persiankiwi
This guy too: http://twitter.com/madyar
Andrew Sullivan is covering it very well: http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/
From “The New Yorker”: There can be no question that the June 12, 2009 Iranian presidential election was stolen. Dissident employees of the Interior Ministry, which is under the control of President Ahmadinejad and is responsible for the mechanics of the polling and counting of votes, have reportedly issued an open letter saying as much. Government polls (one conducted by the Revolutionary Guards, the other by the state broadcasting company) that were leaked to the campaigns allegedly showed ten- to twenty-point leads for Mousavi a week before the election; earlier polls had them neck and neck, with Mousavi leading by one percent, and Karroubi just behind. http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/archive/2009/06/laura_secor_in_the_new_yorker.php
Selected tweets I've found:
@theneave: Talked to my father—confirms that people R chanting “Obama—get our votes back!” & “Obama—save us!” #IranElection
@IranNewsNow FB post: citizens in Tehran leaving front doors unlocked so demonstrators have place to hide when police come! #IranElection
@gita Still no text messages, no cell phone. Facebook, twitter, youtube, friendfeed and some iranian sites are blocked. #iranelection
@tehranelection: My uncle tells me that throughtout most cities Mahmoud Ahmadinejad people had ballot boxes burned.
@tehranelection: The government has turned the power off in many locations claiming we need to fix some grid ??? Yeah, right!
@tehranelection: My Father has a truck load of ballot boxes that were to be burned in the back of his truck.
@allahpundit: Eyewitness: Iranian goons brandishing machetes nowhttp://twurl.nl/vgcaew
And of course, here's some video:
You can also follow me on twitter ( http://twitter.com/joeviyh ), I've been tweeting updates and info as I get it.
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