Fiery Riots in Teheran When Thug in Chief Hijacks Elections

Riots in Tehran as Thug-In-Chief declares victory

Pictures and Latest News From Today’s Iranian Protests


The ongoing lack of American support for the forces opposing the mullahcracy in Iran is unconscionable. Instead of making nice with the regime, the President should be reaching out to these people. Instead of defending the right of Muslim women to wear the hijab in the United States, which no one is disputing, he should be defending the right of Muslim women not to wear the hijab in Iran. “Riots erupt in Tehran as Iranian President Ahmadinejad declares victory,” by Borzou Daragahi in the Los Angeles Times, June 13 (thanks to JW):

Reporting from Tehran — Huge swaths of the capital erupted in fiery riots that stretched into the early morning Sunday as Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declared victory in his quest for a second four-year term amid allegations of widespread fraud and a strident challenge of the vote results by his main challenger, who was reportedly placed under house arrest.

As Ahmadinejad promised a “bright and glorious future” for Iran in a televised address, supporters of his reformist rival Mir-Hossein Mousavi clashed with police and militiamen in riot gear and throughout Tehran in the most serious clashes in the capital since a student uprising 10 years ago.

Searing smoke and the smell of burning trash bins and tear gas filled the night sky. Protesters poured into key squares around the capital, burning tires, erecting banners and hurling stones at riot police on motorcycles, who responded with truncheons.

  • A slightly different view: 

Why it’s best that Ahmadinejad won

In an article written on Friday during the elections, Daniel Pipes explains why it was best that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad be the winner:

The rahbar controls key institutions (foreign policy, the military, law enforcement, the justice system) of the Islamic Republic of Iran. In contrast, the president primarily concerns himself with the softer domains such as economics and education. (A contrast I discussed in 2003 at “The Iranian President’s Power.”) More from Carl in J’lem>>

In the same streets and squares where young Iranians were dancing and waving green banners in support of Mousavi days ago, baton-wielding police chased and beat mobs of hundreds of demonstrators chanting, “Down with dictatorship!” and “Give me my vote back!

Official results released by the Interior Ministry, which is under the control of the incumbent president, showed Ahmadinejad with more than 63% of the vote, a surprise performance given turnout figures of 80% and city dwellers mostly opposed to Ahmadinejad massing in lines for hours. Mousavi received 35% of the vote, according to the results.

Both Mousavi and fellow reformist candidate Mehdi Karroubi strongly disputed the results in public statements.

Karroubi, a former speaker of parliament, called the results “engineered” and “ridiculous.”

Mousavi, after security forces prevented journalists from attending an early afternoon news conference he tried to hold, released a statement alleging a conspiracy to manipulate the vote results, which he claimed showed he was the winner. “I will not submit to this dangerous charade,” he insisted.

He had submitted a long list of alleged irregularities, including thousands of his poll monitors being barred from the voting stations, the previous night. Iran allows no independent observers to monitor the vote.

As the day drew to a close, both campaigns reported that the candidates were under house arrest. The offices of Mousavi and Karroubi had been shuttered earlier, as were affiliated websites that had emerged as critical information tools in the face of the Ahmadinejad camp’s sway over state-controlled broadcasting….

Passing drivers honked in support. A woman with her head scarf ripped off screamed defiantly at the stunned security officers who had just beaten her. Riot police chased demonstrators and some passersby down streets, beating and bloodying those who refused to move, and running off as the demonstrators fought back with rocks.

Shopkeepers urged panicked pedestrians into their stores for protection, in one instance locking the gate as a group of black-clad truncheon-wielding riot police approached menacingly.

“It’s a fraud,” said one female Mousavi supporter, who declined to give her name. “I can’t believe it. Last night we celebrated victory. And this morning Ahmadinejad was the winner.”

On a side street near northwest Tehran’s Mohseni Square a group of helmeted hard-line Ansar Hezbollah militiamen, on motorcycles rhythmically beat their batons on their riot shields as they prepared to attack a gathering crowd of protesters.

“God is great!” they chanted. “God praise Hezbollah!”..

3 thoughts on “Fiery Riots in Teheran When Thug in Chief Hijacks Elections”

  1. The Iranians should start building fallout shelters. In fact everyone in the middle east should prepare for a nuclear winter. A hard rain is going to fall!!

  2. I think Israel will be the first to strike. That has been on the cards for months, if not years. It is widely thought that they were merely waiting for this weekend’s elections before determining their own course of action.

    One thing I will say is this – if you see any attack by Iran and Russia, leading a coalition of nations including Turkey, Libya and maybe some others, go back to the Bible and read Ezekiel 38. Rosh (the Bear from the North), and Persia (Iran) attacking Israel. Who would have ever thought God actually knew what He was talking about, even thousands of years ago.

    Praise be to His name, and to his only begotten Son, Jesus Christ.

    God bless you all,

    The Rev

  3. Great to see Iranians protesting. An Iranian friend of mine said a vast majority of Iranians are ”pretend muslims.” Many of the young people have drug addictions.
    Just saw a ridiculous situation on tv last night re the virtue police in Iran..they endlessly harass people who own clothes shops because of the manequins..The human form is not supposed to be recreated..What nonsense ..Shop owners have to cut off the breasts of the manequins they have in their windows.. Then they get told cut off the hands , the feet , the arms , the legs..Then they are told no bright colours..Why don’t you throw a shawl over that..What utter nonsense.
    The people are just trying to earn a living and they have to put up with all this rubbish.

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