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Thursday, June 18, 2009

"He's Cracking"

The Huffington Post reports:

12:00 PM ET -- Khamenei to deliver speech at Tehran University? CNN: "Iran's supreme leader will deliver a sermon Friday at Tehran University, just days after a bloody crackdown at the school, according to a statement from the pro-government Basij militia." Via reader Chas, who adds, "He's cracking."

It may well be a response to the increasing pressure from elite quarters to stop the violence against demonstrators. The Post noted that, again today, Mousavi and former president Mohammad Khatami "sent a letter to the head of Iran's judiciary, Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi, urging his help for the protesters."

"Men and women are beaten up and injured, buildings are wrecked and things happen that are not in any way compatible with the Islamic Republic and will have no effect but to create cynicism in society against the system," they wrote, according to a posting on the Tabnak Web site, which is affiliated with Moshen Rezai, one of the other presidential candidates. "We urge you to stand by your legal and religious duty and your sense of responsibility toward the civil rights of people and to spare no efforts to end the current worrying and provocative situation, stop violent action against people and release the arrested [activists]."

link: Iran Updates (VIDEO): Live-Blogging The Uprising


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