Message From Mousavi:
I AM UNDER EXTREME PRESSURE TO ACCEPT THE RESULTS OF THE SHAM ELECTION. THEY HAVE CUT ME OFF FROM ANY COMMUNICATION WITH PEOPLE AND AM UNDER SURVEILLANCE. I ASK THE PEOPLE TO STAY IN THE STREETS BUT AVOID VIOLENCE
- Via Andrew Sullivan, who is covering events very comprehensively (much better than the MSM) here.
- On Twitter, go here, here, and many more here.
- Also, Andrew Sullivan has a feed of the best tweets out of Iran: Livetweeting the Revolution.
- BBC (whose reporters are being protected from the police by demonstrators) has live reports from Tehran here.
- The Telegraph: Unconfirmed reports that leaked election results show Mahmoud Ahmadinejad came third, here.
- The Huffington Post: Live blogging the uprising, here.
- Grand Ayatollah Sanei in Iran has declared Ahmadinejad's presidency illegitimate and cooperating with his government against Islam. From Andrew Sullivan.
- Al-Jazeera: Moussavi addresses
tenshundreds of thousands of supporters, says he will fight in new elections, if called. More here.
- Leave links to any kind of direct reporting out of Iran in the comments.
- I'll be updating this page frequently, and adding stuff at the bottom as the day goes on.
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Security forces target computers in dorm raid at Tehran university:
Protester shields riot-policeman:
Hundreds of thousands defy rally ban:
Sky News Video:
Enduring America reports (via Andrew Sullivan):
Press TV is now reporting on “hundreds of thousands” in today’s rally from Enqelab Square to Azadi Square, protesting the outcome of the Iranian election. The gathering is in defiance of the Ministry of Interior’s refusal to give a permit. So far, based on video and on the correspondent’s report, the rally appears to be peaceful and calm.
Just to bring home the significance of the previous item, Press TV is state-owned media. Until this morning, it has given almost no attention to the protests against Ahmadinejad’s election. The sudden change to in-depth, even effusive coverage of the demonstrations points to a wider political shift: whether this is in line with a “compromise” accepting the legitimacy of the claims of the protests (and, beyond that, the appeal to the Guardian Council) remains to be seen.
The BBC: Millions protest in iran against election fraud in Iran:
Tweets coming out of Iran (again, via Andrew Sullivan):
“Mousavi now, 'these masses were not brought by bus or by threat. they were not brought for potatoes. they came themselves'”
“Tens of thousands of protestors are chanting 'No fear, No fear, we are with each other.'”
“It's worth taking the risk, we're going. I won't be able to update until I'm back. again thanks for your kind support and wish us luck.”
“Grand Ayatollah Saanei accompanies today's anti Ahmadinejad rally.”
“These people are not seeking a revolution,” said Ali Reza, a young actor in a brown T-shirt who stood for a moment watching on the rally’s sidelines. “We don’t want this regime to fall. We want our votes to be counted, because we want reforms, we want kindness, we want friendship with the world.”
More here, in the New York Times.
BREAKING NEWS: From Nico Pitney at The Huffington Post:
12:43 PM ET — Cracks in the armor. “A source tells us that least one state run media channel has shown pictures of the protests and announced that Mousavi would be at the rally, which indicates that some in the media are refusing marching orders.”
12:44 PM ET — At least one reported dead. ABC's Jim Sciutto: “sev reports of pro-govt militia firing on protesters, AP photog reports one protester dead”
From emailer Susan: @kapanak: Eyewitness relative from North Tehran just got back to me. District One and Three are in total Chaos.
12:47 PM ET — AP files. “TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — AP photographer sees pro-government militia fire at opposition protesters, killing at least 1.”
More from @persiankiwi: people are running in streets outside. There is panic in streets.people going ino houses to hide.
12:53 PM ET — More people shot? Emailer Walt sends a link to this site, which is claiming (in Farsi) that she saw half a dozen hit by gunfire. I have seen no evidence corraborating this. But I note it because she also includes new cell photos from the scene:
And via Andrew Sullivan (who is providing amazing coverage of these events in real time):
Tehran University's Faculty Resigns En Masse
119 members of Tehran University faculty have resigned en-masse as a protest to the attack on Tehran University dorms last night. Among them is Dr Jabbedar-Maralani, who is known as the father of Iranian electronic engineering. They have asked for the resignation of Farhad Rahbari the appointed president of Tehran University, for his incompetence in defending the University's dignity and student lives.
Two videos from Fareed Zakaria at CNN:
From Nico Pitney at The Huffington Post:
3:10 PM ET — Back to basics. An Iranian civics lesson, in comic form, for those who are just getting interested in this. Via emailer Moazzam-Doulat, BBC has an interactive version.
And now, Barack, “It would wrong for me to be silent,” walks the fine line perfectly:
And a good article in Salon (thanks to Zara Houshmand) is here.