June 19, 2009

AYATOLLAH NAPOLEON:

Ayatollah brands British government 'treacherous' and blames it for bloodshed (Chris Laker, 19.06.09, Evening Standard)

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei today said that extremist behaviour of political governments around the world was to blame for the unrest in the country.

He added that there was "definitive victory" and no rigging in disputed presidential elections that set off days of unprecedented protests. [...]

He blamed Great Britain and Iran's external enemies for the unrest, calling the British government the 'most treacherous'.


He's mining a deep meme of Iranian culture there, but it's not going to cut the mustard this time. All he's done is defined subsequent protests as being directed against his own defense of the John Thonpson of Iran.


MORE:
Iran protesters pour onto Ahmadinejad's home turf: Demonstrators flood Imam Khomeini Square in south Tehran on a fourth day of mass protests over last week's presidential election. The supreme leader is expected to address the nation today. (Borzou Daragahi and Ramin Mostaghim and Kim Murphy, June 19, 2009, LA Times)

With titans of the Islamic Republic entrenched against each other, huge crowds of protesters clad in green and black pressed into President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's home turf Thursday to make the case that he won reelection through massive vote fraud.
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Dressed in black to mourn those killed in the clashes and green to mark their allegiance to rival candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi, the protesters moved into traditionally conservative south Tehran, pouring out of a subway station into the vast Imam Khomeini Square.

Witnesses said they filed quietly through the Grand Bazaar, a vast labyrinth of shops and wholesalers that was once the nation's economic nerve center.

Many shops were closed. But some workers in the district hung green fabric from balconies and windows or flashed victory signs in support of the protesters.



Posted by Orrin Judd at June 19, 2009 6:41 AM
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