Sunday, June 14, 2009

Iran Protesters Killed, Violence Increasing

In the wake of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad re-election on Friday, June 12, thousands of protesters are in the streets. Many have been badly beaten by riot police. There are now reports that at least three protesters have been killed. The man who ran against Ahmadinejad in last week's election, Mir Hossein Mousavi, is urging his disappointed followers to act nonviolently. Many Iranians suspect that the election may have been rigged in favor of Ahmadinejad. In a government crackdown on opposition, more than 10 Iranian reformist leaders - supporters of Mousavi - have been arrested, according to Agence France-Presse (AFP) on Sunday. According to, "The al-Arabiya network has reported at least three people dead in riots that broke out in Tehran following the results of the Iranian elections." Facebook, YouTube, Friend Feed, Twitter and other social networking sites were reportedly blocked on Saturday. (Source) Some are still able to get their messages out, however, such as these folks on Twitter, probably through third-party applications. BBC reports that "Some of the protesters in Tehran wore Mr Mousavi's campaign colour of green and chanted 'Down with the dictator', news agencies report." Photo source: RELATED: Riots Erupt in Tehran as Iranian President Ahmadinejad declares victory - LA Times Violence escalates in Iran, first deaths reported, communication cut off - West concerned by Iran fraud claims - Iran arrests 10 leaders of reformist groups - Agence France-Presse/ World reacts to Ahmadinejad election - Washington Times Iran news coverage - Iran: True Revolution Against False Revolution - See Comments... Visit Our Online Store Chicago News Bench RSS Feed ChiNewsBench is on Twitter