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IRAN: First images emerge from July 9 protests

The first shaky amateur videos are emerging from today's protests in Iran, where thousands of people have taken to the streets in defiance of the country's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has made it clear that further opposition will not be tolerated.

But the protesters are not only marching but also upping the ante with new slogans slamming Khamenei's son Mojtaba, who, according to analysts, is the leading force behind the violent crackdown. 

In the following clip, protesters can be heard shouting "Mojtaba, we're not going, we won't give you the supreme leadership."

The protest today was intended to coincide with the anniversary of the student uprising of 1999, which was also suppressed, with hundreds of dissidents jailed, injured or killed.

Reports of attacks on protesters by pro-government Basiji militiamen have been difficult to verify because most journalists either have been expelled from the country or severely restricted in their ability to report. 

The government began its media crackdown shortly after the disputed presidential elections in June that sparked widespread protests across the country.

The featured videos were posted on YouTube and several Iranian opposition websites, which claim it was shot today, although verification is difficult with cellphone lines cut and Internet access slowed.

-- Meris Lutz in Beirut

Videos: Protesters take to the streets in Tehran. 

Comments () | Archives (8)

Norman, thanks for the link.

Incidentally, the Cyrus cylinder of Cyrus the Great is considered the world's first declaration of the rights of Man.

Thanks, anom, for the quote from THE PRINCE. Also, I so glad to get more vital info on what the people of Iran, some of them, are actually thinking. Some of the news has been so conflicting.

Steve Levine, who covers foreign affairs for BusinessWeek, has an interesting suggestion. He writes that Western societies can help: donate Internet access to the Iranians by buying it from the Google-backed satellite company:

I think some of these protesters are out of touch from the reality. There is no possibility that "Mojtaba" would be the next Iran leader even by the wildest guess. Sounds like they try to make someone up in figure to stand to. Well...good luck.

What these folks need is the "Bill of Rights," the great gift the Founding Fathers gave to America and to the entire world.

Download free copies of the "Refrigerator Door Bill of Rights" at:

Have your kids sign it, add their school picture, and post it on your refrigerator door (hence, the name).

Or send it to anyone you wish, anywhere.

The "Refrigerator Door Bill of Rights" is now being downloaded all across America, and, since April 2009, has been downloaded in 32 countries around the world, including:

Antigua and Barbados, Australia, Austria, Canada, Chile, China,
Dominican Republic, Egypt, Germany, Great Britain, Honduras, India,
Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, Malta, Nepal, Pakistan,
Panama, Philippines, Poland, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saudi
Arabia, Singapore, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, and Turkey.

The liberties of the people. That is, all the people of the world.


Norman Manasa
The National Education Project, Inc.
Washington, D.C. 20002

Sorry but the chant for Motjaba is hilareous ... I am so proud of Iranians and hope their wish for justice and democracy succeeds in the near future. I also hope that pressure is put on the regime to free all those arrested, including the prominent UN Lawyer they arrested today. These are really hostages.

From Machiavelli's The Prince:

"I say, therefore, that the arms with which a prince defends his state are either his own, or they are mercenaries, auxiliaries, or mixed. Mercenaries and auxiliaries are useless and dangerous; and if one holds his state based on these arms, he will stand neither firm nor safe; for they are disunited, ambitious and without discipline, unfaithful, valiant before friends, cowardly before enemies; they have neither the fear of God nor fidelity to men, and destruction is deferred only so long as the attack is; for in peace one is robbed by them, and in war by the enemy. The fact is, they have no other attraction or reason for keeping the field than a trifle of stipend, which is not sufficient to make them willing to die for you. They are ready enough to be your soldiers whilst you do not make war, but if war comes they take themselves off or run from the foe; which I should have little trouble to prove, for the ruin of Italy has been caused by nothing else than by resting all her hopes for many years on mercenaries, and although they formerly made some display and appeared valiant amongst themselves, yet when the foreigners came they showed what they were. Thus it was that Charles, King of France, was allowed to seize Italy with chalk in hand; 1 and he who told us that our sins were the cause of it told the truth, but they were not the sins he imagined, but those which I have related. And as they were the sins of princes, it is the princes who have also suffered the penalty. "

They can use these mercenaries that they are using to control the crowds, but eventually these mercenaries will get scared that their lives are in danger and they will go back to where they came from "mostly from Syria, Lebanon, and Palestine"

The people in the video are not shouting "Mojtaba, we're not going, we won't give you the supreme leadership."



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