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Blog Watch: Ahmadinejad in Mashhad

01 Aug 2009 18:4114 Comments
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[LAT Blog: Babylon and Beyond] Check out the photos above. All purport to show President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad surrounded by swarms of followers during a July 16 trip to the eastern city of Mashhad.

The problem with the photos, all published on the websites of hard-line or government-controlled media that support the president, is that each shows him wearing a different suit.

Most likely, they are from past trips he took, thrown up on the Web with stories claiming that Ahmadinejad was greeted by tens of thousands of supporters.

The amateur video below, said to have been taken at the same event, shows a modest crowd. Read

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14 Comments

There is a better explanation for this: since he is known as something of a slave to fashion, he may have changed his mind about what he was wearing once he was notified of the throngs of people waiting to greet him...he wanted to look just right for the almost 25 million people who voted for him ;)

azadeh irani / August 1, 2009 2:49 PM

I'm impressed he has different suit?

noushin / August 1, 2009 2:58 PM

He can dress in any manner he pleases. But you cannot remove the pure evil that he is.

Pam / August 1, 2009 2:59 PM

I agree with azadeh's explanation. It is not a secret that Ahmadinejad is very fashion conscious. God helped him and gave him 25 million supporters out of nowhere, but his beauty is a task for himself! :D

Heidar / August 1, 2009 3:05 PM

Can you tell me how many ppl do you believed were killed related to the protests? How many ppl are listed as missing? How many ppl are really in jail?

diane / August 1, 2009 6:19 PM

"he has that Taxi driver chic" Bruno

Maziar / August 1, 2009 7:02 PM

My pet Monkey liked to play dress-up too. He would start taking his clothes off, almost as soon as I put them on. He also liked dressing in a business suit, although he preferred a refined navy blue pin stripe.


I wonder if Ayatollah Khamenie finds it as amusing as I once did?

Bijan Karaji / August 2, 2009 4:11 AM

Would you mind removing this entry as it has been debunked two weeks ago. The following clip was taken from the same event:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ts4k8gqwWIc


It was brought to my attention by a pro-government blogger, nonetheless, it does not warrant us to be as deceitful as the propaganda wing of the regime. And please stop giving credence to hysteria to discredit the opposition. There already provide the rest of the world with ample of atrocities that can be pinned on them rather than resorting to falsification of information in which, their veracity can be easily examined.


Another vital point that must get across is that there are many Iranians who are still supportive of the cleric and its shadowy government and their numbers dwarf the voice of dissent. Knowing that fact would allow us to adjust the strategies to fight the regime accordingly and effectively. There is more education and edification needed in Iran before we see any changes.

Aria / August 2, 2009 8:35 AM

He can change his clothes; but unfortunately they can't change him. For you see, he is still the "Fraud" within!

v.gerrard / August 2, 2009 4:07 PM

With all due respect to Aria, the previous video should remain, and let viewers discern which is the more accurate rendition of crowd size and response to Mahmoud "Landslide" Ahmadinejad in Masshad.

In the video submitted by Aria, ascribed to an admittedly pro-government blogger, the translation is rather poor, and the crowd interrupts at the 2:l0 point to chant something, which the translator does not translate. Does anyone understand what the crowd chanted?

I ask, since there is a lot of "Death to the dictator" chanting going on in Tehran these days. There might be a lot more chanting going on, but the government has, don't forget, BANNED freedom of speech, freedom of assembly and freedom of the press.

What does that imply about the government and its regard for the people it is supposed to represent?

Roger / August 3, 2009 5:59 PM

AhmadiNejad - Makes his initials AN -All Iranians please translate what that means. I can not take credit for this, someone else pointed it out.


P.S. from all the three suites I think he looks best in the brown one, closer to where he is from (Mostarah). All we now need to do is to use the oil wealth of the next three years to build Aftabeh to wash him away with.

whereismyvote / August 3, 2009 11:18 PM

I agree with Roger about the first video being left up. The video Aria posted never shows AN and the crowd in the same footage. It always cuts to AN, and then to the crowd.


I'm not saying he doesn't have supporters, there are aboviously a lot of Iranians who support AN. BUT, using Press TV as a source of truth is questionable at best.

Maziar / August 4, 2009 4:18 PM

With all due respect to Aria, the previous video should remain, and let viewers discern which is the more accurate rendition of crowd size and response to Mahmoud "Landslide" Ahmadinejad in Masshad.

In the video submitted by Aria, ascribed to an admittedly pro-government blogger, the translation is rather poor, and the crowd interrupts at the 2:l0 point to chant something, which the translator does not translate. Does anyone understand what the crowd chanted?

tiffanys / December 4, 2009 5:06 AM

looks like a Nice Blog! Keep up the good work

senuke / October 15, 2010 9:39 AM