Sunday, June 21, 2009

Day 9 in Iran: Regime declares Mousavi a "criminal", protests continue

It's getting harder to follow events inside Iran as the crackdown continues and journalists are either ejected from the country or arrested.

Still, brave souls in Tehran are making videos and uploading them to YouTube. Both of the above videos are of street demonstrations on Sunday in Tehran. The one at the bottom shows a crowd standing up to advancing police by hurling tear gas cannisters back. The other shows a huge crowd on the march, chanting “Have no fear, we are all together,” and “Down with dictator.”

While the regime declared him a "criminal," opposition leader Mir Hossain Mousavi called on his supporters to continue the protests. The daughter and four other reletives of Hashemi Rafsanjani, a former President and key supporter of Mousavi, were arrested. Another Mousavi supporter, Iran's senior cleric, Grand Ayatollah Montezeri, has called for three days of "mourning" this coming week. And another moderate, former President Mohammad Khatami, issued a statement backing Mousavi and implying criticism of "Supreme Leader" Khatamei. He said, "Preventing people from expressing their demands through civil ways will have dangerous consequences."

It's now past midnight in Tehran, based on the latest Twitter messages from there, people again stood on the roof tops yelling, God is Great," and "Death to the "Dictator." What Monday will bring is anyone's guess, but it is clear that the opposition is not backing down.

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