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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Iran: Crackdown and Confusion

Update | 10:33 a.m. The Associated Press reports that before today’s rally in Tehran Mir Hussein Mousavi’s Web site “distanced him from the protest, calling it independent and saying it had not been organized by the reformist candidate.”

Confusion over the direction of the protest movement may be a sign that the pressure being exerted on Mr. Moussavi and others who have contested the results of the June 12 presidential election is working.

My colleagues Nazila Fathi and Alan Cowell report on the confusion in Iran’s capital:

On Wednesday, people on some of Tehran’s streets circulated a five-page flier calling on opponents of the election to demonstrate outside the Parliament building in the capital with their families and to gather on Thursday at the shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic revolution. [...]

The origin of the flier was not clear and it was not known how widely it was being distributed. The flier was issued jointly in the names of Mr. Moussavi and Mr. Karroubi and it said Mr. Moussavi would make a public appearance.

Update | 10:21 a.m. According to a report from AFP, the authorities have swept up people working for a newspaper set up by Mir Hussein Moussavi’s campaign. AFP reports: “Police have arrested 25 journalists and other staff at Mousavi’s Kalemeh Sabz (Green Word) newspaper — which was shut down about 10 days ago — one of its editors said.”

link: Latest Updates on Iran’s Disputed Election - The Lede Blog -


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