June 21, 2009

THE AYATOLLAH BECOMES THE SHAH:

Iran in chaos as Mousavi 'ready for martyrdom' (Parisa Hafezi, 6/21/09, Scotland on Sunday)

DEFEATED presidential candidate Mirhossein Mousavi told supporters last night he was "ready for martyrdom" as protestors clashed once again with police on the streets of Tehran.

Mousavi also called for a national strike if he is arrested and as darkness fell across the capital last night, rooftop cries of "Allahu Akbar" (God is greatest) sounded out in an echo of the tactics used in the 1979 Islamic revolution against the Shah.

Earlier, in an act fraught with symbolic significance, a suicide bomber blew himself up at the mausoleum of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the father of Iran's Islamic revolution, while unrest continued across Tehran in defiance of a ban on demonstrations.

Riot police deployed in force, firing teargas, using batons and water cannon to disperse protesters.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 21, 2009 7:21 AM
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