June 14, 2009

GIVEN THAT THE IDEOLOGY OF THE REPUBLIC DEPENDS ON DEMOCRATIC LEGITIMACY...:

ran sees second day of clashes as anger rises over elections: Opposition activists ratchet up rhetoric against Ahmadinejad and supreme leader (Ian Black and Saeed Kamali Dehghan, 6/14/09, guardian.co.uk)

Outraged supporters of the moderate candidate, Mir Hossein Mousavi, who claimed his defeat in the Iranian election at the hands of hardliner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was manipulated, took to the streets of Tehran again today, raising the prospect of more violent clashes.

With temperatures at 35C, the situation in the Iranian capital threatened to run out of control as special forces in riot gear chased protesters through side streets near Fatemi Square. In a sign of the anger among Mousavi's supporters, they chanted "the president is committing a crime and the supreme leader is supporting him", highly inflammatory language in a regime where the supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, is considered irreproachable.

Crowds also gathered outside Mousavi's headquarters but there was no sign of Ahmadinejad's chief political rival, who is rumoured to be under house arrest. Supporters waved their fists and chanted anti-Ahmadinejad slogans.


Iran Cracks Down on Reformists after Riots (AFP, 6/14/09)
Analysts have warned that the dramatic events could pose a risk to the future of the Shiite-dominated country, which has been under the control of powerful clerics since the Islamic revolution three decades ago.

On Saturday, baton-wielding riot police firing tear gas clashed with protesters who pelted security forces with stones and set rubbish bins and police vehicles ablaze as demonstrators shouted "Death to the Dictator."

An AFP correspondent touring riot-hit areas reported a heavy police presence around the interior ministry, while a bank building was burnt to a shell and the road to Tehran University's student dormitory locked down.

The election results dashed Western hopes of change after four years under the combative Ahmadinejad, who set the country on a collision course with the international community over its nuclear drive and his anti-Israeli tirades.

World governments have so far reacted cautiously, while voicing concern about the vote-rigging allegations.


...Western leaders can sway this situation (meaning Ayatollah Khamenei) by withdrawing recognition of the regime.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 14, 2009 8:24 AM
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