Iranian Film Makers: Document Shows Moussavi Won
(Israelnationalnews.com) Two Iranian film makers met with members of the Europen Union Parliament on Tuesday and displayed a letter that they said proves the recent elections in Iran were rigged. The letter, allegedly written by the Iranian electoral commission, shows that reformist candidate Mir-Hossein Moussavi won over 19 million votes and was the rightful winner.
After Moussavi was Mehdi Karroubi with 13.3 million votes, followed by incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with just 5.5 million, according to the document. The document's authenticity has not been proven.
The film makers, Marjane Satrapi and Mohsen Makhmalbaf, called on the EU not to recognize the official results of Iran's presidential elections. Iranian authorities say Ahmadinejad won the elections with 62 percent of the vote.
The letter was supposedly sent secretly from Iran's Interior Ministry, which runs the nation's elections, to Iranian leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The document includes the alleged real results of the election, and a promise to keep Ahmadinejad as president regardless of the popular vote.
"Following your concerns regarding the results of the presidential election and per your given discretion to have Dr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad remain as president during this sensitive juncture. Therefore, everything has been planned in a way that the public announcement will be made in accordance with the interests of the regime and the revolution," the letter states.
Protestors Mourn Dead
Protests continued in Tehran on Thursday as demonstrators mourned those killed in earlier rallies. Earlier in the week, a pro-Ahmadinejad militia opened fire on a rally held by supporters of Moussavi, killing several people and wounding others.
Tens of thousands filled the streets despite an order from Khamenei forbidding elections-related demonstrations.
Khamenei has ordered Iranian officials to investigate allegations that the elections were rigged. The investigation will include a limited recount of votes in stations where opposition candidates reported voting irregularities.
Moussavi's supporters have expressed distrust in the state investigative committee, and are demanding a second round of elections.
Iran's government has cracked down on protestors, banning foreign media as well as many websites. Cellular networks have been shut down multiple times since the elections, and mobile networks have blocked clients from sending text messages......
Protesting continues in defiance of Iran Supreme Leader
Here are the latest #IranElection developments that Breaking Tweets can confirm via private messages, direct messages and updates from credible Twitter accounts in Iran.
On Saturday, Mir Hossein Mousavi, the reformist candidate who lost to Mahmoud Ahmedinejad in the presidential election, encouraged people to continue protesting the Iran election results, despite a call from the Supreme Leader to cease resistance other than legal means.
Mousavi said in an address on the streets, "People, no longer have fear. If I am arrested, people should engage in an indefinite strike. I'm ready to die." This account was relayed from both reliable Twitterers and @LaraABCNews, Middle East correspondent for ABC. His campaign also wrote on its Twitter account (@mousavi1388) and Facebook page that Mousavi is "preparing for martyrdom."
On Saturday, each of the following can be confirmed via multiple Iranian Twitterers BT has found to be reliable (again, their names will be anonymous to protect their identity):
- Multiple deaths as a result of the protests and bodies lying in the streets of Tehran by night
- A woman died after being shot apparently by a member of the Basij
- Strong security disrupted a major protest from occurring in Tehran, creating barricades that kept people divided, leading to various isolated incidents
- Riot police and guards repeatedly struck protesters with clubs and batons
- Chants of "Allaho Akbar" (God is great) and "Death to the Dictator," as well as gunfire, were heard loudly on Tehran rooftops at night
- Cell phone service went down throughout Iran at night
There are unconfirmed reports of the following:
- Suicide bombing at the masoleum of the former Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomenei in South Tehran
- Members of reformist campaigns and their relatives arrested
- Protestors and security forces exchanging gunfire in various locations
As for Mousavi's latest words, they are his strongest yet. They show he is willing to continue his fight against the election results, which his campaign has viewed as fraudulent and rigged. While the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei said the election cannot be rigged because Ahmadinejad won by 11 million votes, a source in Iran told Breaking Tweets that many believe the results were flipped, and Mousavi won by 11 million votes, a sentiment echoed by some independent media in the region.
Check back for more as the situation continues to develop.
More protests, more deaths in Iran
A stream of videos posted on social networking Web sites depicted scenes of chaos -- the sound of gunshots and helicopters whirring overhead and graphic images of wounded men and women being carried away.
Unconfirmed reports put the death toll as high as 150 on the seventh day of post-election protests. Sources at one Tehran hospital confirmed 19 deaths Saturday.
The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said numerous protesters who had been beaten and injured by security forces were arrested and detained when they sought medical treatment in hospitals. It said fear of arrest had reportedly driven injured protesters, some in serious condition, to seek care at foreign embassies.
One woman, Shahnaz, said riot police used batons and water hoses to keep her and about 300 other people from reaching Revolution Square in central Tehran. She said she saw helicopters hovering and then she saw tear gas.
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