Twittering From Iran
What The MSM Is Not Telling You
…can be found pretty instantly online these days. From Iran, a person going by the handle “Change_for_Iran” is leaving these messages in the hours before midnight of Sat. 13-Jun. Because they’re twitter, the messages are time-ordered with the latest on top.
# my brother thinks they are after a student council activist. the council known as Tahkime Vahdat and belongs to president era. #iranelection 3 minutes ago from web
# I guess the Intel ministry guy is trying to convince university’s security to open the gates #iranelection 11 minutes ago from web
# I’m currently on rooftop with my laptop, most of the city is now looking calm except university of Economy building. #IranElection 15 minutes ago from web
# there were more troops inside the vans and now starting to create a line in front of the only entrance of the building #iranelection 20 minutes ago from web
# no reports from any other part of Tehran, we’re all waiting for a move from mousavi or karoubi. #iranelection 25 minutes ago from web
# Internet barely works, Speed is near 2kbps #iranelection33 minutes ago from web
# they are joining with police motorcycles in front of student’s dormitory buildings firefighters are leaving the area right now #iranelection 35 minutes ago from web
# black riot guards with black vans, it’s my first time seeing this people, no badges! probably Intel ministry #iranelection43 minutes ago from web
# 7am news, still nothing about protests & clashes on TV. #iranelectionabout 1 hour ago from web
# all cellphones now read: Emergency only – No Service! #iranelectionabout 1 hour ago from web
# 6:47 am, police is speaking with students inside dormitory buildings of university of Tehran with speaker. #iranelectionabout 1 hour ago from web
# @matthew951 we’re using twitterfox! thanks for the note!about 1 hour ago from web in reply to matthew951
# Ahmadinejad & his supporters will celebrate their victory today at 5pm local time in Valiasr square & we will try to ruin his party!about 2 hours ago from web
# Major General Jafari, commander of IRG said he will not let mousavi’s green movement to harm Islamic revolution’s ethics #iranelectionabout 2 hours ago from web
# @LovLesmile Internet access in Iran is based on land lines not sat dishes!about 2 hours ago from web in reply to LovLesmile
Chilling. How do you know these are from Tehran? You don’t. But the source is fairly credible.
The immediate cause of what appears to be street riots in Tehran is the possibility (probability?) that the elections held there yesterday, elections that returned Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to power, were utterly fraudulent.
Laura Rozen writing at the Foreign Policy Blog The Cable:
“I don’t think anyone anticipated this level of fraudulence,” Reuters cited the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s Karim Sadjadpour. “This was a selection, not an election. At least authoritarian regimes like Syria and Egypt have no democratic pretences. In retrospect it appears this entire campaign was a show: (Supreme Leader) Ayatollah (Ali) Khamenei wasn’t ever going to let Ahmadinejad lose.”
“I’m in disbelief that this could be the case,” Reuters cited Trita Parsi.
Rozen also reports that “Iran hands have used words like “coup” to describe what they believe may be taking place.”
The whole world seems to be watching.
Update: Allahpundit at HotAir is now reporting 50 to 100 dead in the city.
The regime shut down text messaging across the country yesterday too to hamper organization of the protests they knew would follow the results. Even so, the Beeb says street violence today is the worst Tehran has seen in 10 years, replete with Iranian cops beating women with nightsticks.
The White house “is monitoring and watching the situation closely.“ I’m a little underwhelmed.
Update x2: Hours later, the MSM, at least, in the guise of the NYT, is reporting on the violence in Iran this morning, as is the Washington Post (I’m no longer registered there, so I cannot link to the article). The nets (CNN, ABC, NBC, but not Fox or CBS) have decided to highlight the story on their front pages. My personal bias says that all these stories are oddly muted:
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Sunday his re-election was “real and free” and cannot be questioned — despite accusations of mass voter fraud.