14 Jun 2010 04:48
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Videos: Protests at Tehran University on June 14
BBC Persian report here.
Karroubi's Car, Ayatollah Sanei's House Attacked
A mob attacked opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi's car and Ayatollah Sanei's house yesterday in Qom. The opposition leader's son told BBC Persian that Karroubi was on his way to meet Ayatollah Sanei when he encountered a large group of men outside of Ayatollah Sanei's home, shouting slogans against Karroubi and Rafsanjani and wielding chains, batons and wooden clubs.
Ayatollah Sanei was supposed to meet with Seyyed Hossein Khomeini, a supporter of the Green Movement and the grandson of Ayatollah Khomeini, but the mob prevented him from leaving. Karroubi himself could not leave the area until riot police arrived, pushed back the mob and created a corridor for his car. As Karroubi was escaping the mob chanted slogans against the police and demanded that Karroubi be prosecuted.
The mob also ransacked Ayatollah Sanei's offices. Pictures of the destroyed offices can be seen here, on Mousavi's Facebook page.
Iran Arrests 91 on Election Anniversary
RFE/RL | June 13, 2010
The anniversary this year passed without the massive street protests that followed the vote in June 2009, but there were reports of skirmishes at some universities and Iran's ISNA news agency reported that 91 people were arrested.
Tehran province governor-general Morteza Tamaddon said that some of those detained were suspected of ties to the outlawed rebel group People's Mujahedeen.
Iran's Deputy Police Chief Declares Election Anniversary 'Eventless'
PRESS TV | June 13, 2010
Iran's deputy police chief has described Saturday's first anniversary of historic presidential election last June as eventless despite vast propaganda efforts by enemies of the state.
Brig. Gen. Ahmad Reza Radan said no major incidents took place throughout Saturday thanks to the vigilance of the Iranian people, even though the enemy had launched a widespread campaign in the days leading up to the anniversary urging mass demonstrations.
Enduring America Now Banned in Iran
EA | June 13, 2010
This weekend--after hundreds of blogposts, thousands of tweets, and countless comments on EA -- the Enduring America blog has "finally been filtered in Iran," the site announced.
Former Elite Officers Reveal Tensions in Iran Regime
Guardian | June 11, 2010
In a series of interviews four former high-ranking Iranian Revolutionary Guards, all of whom fled Iran, describe deep divisions within the organization, a fear of purges and a such a state of panic during last year's election that a plane was ready to take the President and Supreme Leader to Syria at a moment's notice.
Iran's Earthquake Worries: Ill Prepared for Acts of God
The Economist | June 10, 2010
Tehran's poor planning, 12 million people, seismic activity, high concentration of political and military installations and lots of discontent youths at universities make it vulnerable not only to earth quakes, but to social unrest. President Ahmadinejad's solution: offer people money to leave Tehran.
A Quiet Song, With Feeling
NYT | June 11, 2010
Photographer Newsha Tavakolian, a freelancer for the NYT, writes that it has become so dangerous to photograph public events, even with proper permission, that she has reverted to studio projects. In a series of black and white portraits on the NYT site, Tavakolian shows women singing inside, their only choice, as it is illegal for women to sing solo in public.