Mousavi And Up to 100 Reformers Arrested. Many People Hurt In Riots By Police

Chaos in Iran (Tehranbureau)

Chaos in Iran (Photo: Tehranbureau)

This story was last updated 6/14/2009 at 11:48 AM (U.S. Pacific Time).

Numerous reports indicate that Mir Hossein Mousavi, the presidential candidate that run against Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Iran, has been placed under house arrest.

NEWS JUNKIE began disseminating the news right after The Daily Kos posted a message from one of their informants on the ground early on Saturday. This was his message:

Mousavi has been place under house arrest. He was arrested on his way to Khamenei’s house. All communication has been shut off. Khamenei has issued a statement claiming that HE that he is leading this coup to SAVE the Islamic Government.

LA Times on Mousavi’s arrest and rioting:

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.

The Tweet

A tweet was posted in Mousavi’s Twitter account saying that he had been placed under house arrest by the Ministry of Intelligence. This is the tweet.

Up to 100 reformists arrested
Up to 100 members of Iranian reformist groups have been arrested, accused of orchestrating violence after the disputed presidential election result, according to the latest report of the BBC.

Leaders arrested include: Mosharekat, Mojahedin Enqelab and Ahmad Zaidabadi. Critics within Iran are calling this a “purge” of all reformers. It’s unclear if Ahmadinejad is behind ordering these arrests.

Continuing Civil Unrest

Fires have been set in many parts of the city. The smell of smoke has reached as far Marzdaran. Police are confiscating cameras from people to stop them from sending images outside of Iran. People are using stones to battle the riot police. The Tehranbureau is reporting that as many as 100 people have been killed on the streets of Tehran due to clashes with the police. The AP is also reporting that there are injured Iranians, but didn’t post how many.

Here is what an Iranian citizen has been reporting from the Tehranbureau:

“Here the internet is horrible. After much trouble, I was able t log on through a proxy. I’ll try my best to get the news to you. I have news right now that in Shahrake Gharb [neighborhood in northeast Tehran] is absolute chaos. People are in the streets, they’re chanting. No sign of police. Their protest continues at this hour. I also hear that Niavaran [north Tehran] is a big chaotic too — at least until an hour ago. I’m sorry my information is fragmented. I’m afraid I’ll get disconnected. In Niavaran people are shouting from their homes. That way when police comes they quickly retreat; so they haven’t been able to arrest anyone. I’ve also heard that people captured a few of the Basij guys and gave him a beating. It feels like Martial Law here. Cell phones are down, internet lines are horrible, Facebook is filtered, and … I also have news from Ahvaz. They have also announced there that if someone comes out of their house they will be arrested. So keep your fingers crossed and pray for us.”

More from the LA Times:

Tehran erupted in unrest today as results for the Iranian presidential election pitting incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad against leading reformist Mir-Hossein Mousavi and two other rivals were announced. Ahmadinejad won big amid record turnout and allegations of widespread voter fraud.

Enraged Mousavi supporters battled police for hours, and it remained unclear whether the unrest would stop anytime soon.

Spotty Communication

Communication with Iran has been spotty or totally disconnected in many parts of the country, including telephone, cell, and Internet — Facebook and YouTube accounts from people inside Iran have been blocked or filtered.

Iranian writer reaction on poll result

Azar Nafisi is a well known Iranian woman writer, she says: ” Iranian women worked for their freedom in the election. There will always be people who will support those like Mr. Ahmadinejad, in the same way that many Americans supported Mr. Bush or Christian fundamentalists. But that does not mean that the Iranian people prefer a theocracy to a pluralistic country with freedom of religion and expression for everyone.” Azar Nafisi expresses some optimism in this interview with Al Jazeera.

See additional photos & videos of  Iranian protests & riots from two Persian blogs.


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    51 Responses to Mousavi And Up to 100 Reformers Arrested. Many People Hurt In Riots By Police

    1. Vote -1 Vote +1John C. Randolph
      June 13, 2009 at 12:27 pm

      The last time we saw things like this happening in Iran was when they were overthrowing the Shah. Iran might be on their way to finally becoming a free country.

      -jcr

      • Vote -1 Vote +1Truckle
        June 14, 2009 at 4:00 am

        You mean a free country again. It was free before the US imposed the Shah on them.

      • Vote -1 Vote +1Durrrr
        June 14, 2009 at 4:45 am

        Mossadegh will overthrown by the CIA and was replaced by their puppet, the Shah. So …..

    2. Vote -1 Vote +1m
      June 13, 2009 at 12:54 pm

      That’s what they said about China twenty years ago.

    3. Vote -1 Vote +1Mohammad
      June 13, 2009 at 2:06 pm

      these will be solver internally, it is just a matter of when they are going to realise they have to hail to the publics demand. the people just want the truth…

    4. Vote -1 Vote +1m.a.m from Iran
      June 13, 2009 at 2:10 pm

      Dear John C.Randolph,
      Of course not. Freedom in Iran is impossible for the time being. We’re under the absolute control of the Islamic regime. The complete name of our country is Islamic Republique of Iran, but the word Republic doesn’t supposedly mean anything in Iran.

      • Vote -1 Vote +1Hixish
        June 13, 2009 at 7:01 pm

        For m.a.m.

        I wish your countymen could know how much smarter, fairer, more tolerant and just most Americans are than our government. We too wonder how the hell these people came to be the politicians who govern (and misrepresent) us.
        The Talib mentality which turns its back to the wishes, welfare and needs of your beloved family and friends, is deaf to the voice of Allah, or God, whatever he is called, in whatever religion or language. He speaks of love, justice and truth; concepts their brutality precludes.
        Your and my peers share the commonality of voicelessness beneath self-serving governments, yours veiling their misdeeds in religion, and ours in any excuse which conceals true motivation, the corporate bottom-line. Our common ground is we’re both ruled by thugs.
        I don’t pretend to know the depth of fear, violence, lawlessness, and oppression you suffer. I do know that we are both not our governments, and through the inevitable misery confronting you, we will entreat our government to do the right thing, whether they hear us or not, and be praying for you in all of our religions, in all of our languages.

    5. Vote -1 Vote +1farhadD
      June 13, 2009 at 2:19 pm

      they’re big liers,,,
      the guard in iran are not iranian…
      they are from another country
      people are fighting for truess,,,

    6. Vote -1 Vote +1mmoll
      June 13, 2009 at 2:28 pm

      Dear m.a.m. ,

      free country or not (and how do you define free?), voter turn out doubled that of last week’s Eurepean Parliament elections…
      i wish you all the wisdom and courage in these troubled times, and i am afraid we have seen nothing yet…

      Kind greetings

    7. Vote -1 Vote +1Rick Cain
      June 13, 2009 at 2:42 pm

      Perhaps if it goes well, the army will turn against the islamic regime. Iran doesn’t need to be ruled by a bunch of religious nuts. We tried it, and look what happened to the USA in only 8 years.

    8. Vote -1 Vote +1Frank Leonard
      June 13, 2009 at 3:57 pm

      wow, Rick, right on! look what 8 years of religious zealotry got the united states, and the world!

    9. Vote -1 Vote +1Brad
      June 13, 2009 at 4:18 pm

      Iran isn’t as harsh as you think it is. If you want strict Shariah law, take a look at one of our closest allies… Saudi Arabia.

    10. Vote -1 Vote +1Jonathan
      June 13, 2009 at 4:38 pm

      I just wish the people of Iran much luck in their pursuits to break the theocracy and the strict regime. I have a few Iranian friends who told me what Iran used to be like before the revolution, and I hope that one day, even if soon, that your great country and people can return to that openness of society.

      However, I fear there is much violence ahead before the dictators ever relinquish their fundamentalist grip.

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    13. Vote -1 Vote +1Shane Gentry
      June 13, 2009 at 4:55 pm

      There are a lot of common misconceptions about Iran. They aren’t arabic or “middle eastern” as the west likes to confuse them with. They are Persians. They live in a society that is actually much more liberal than Saudi Arabia. Oddly enough, Iran could conceivably become a future US friend (which would of course solve all our problems and we’d happily live ever after!). lol. One can only dream.

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    15. Vote -1 Vote +1Real American
      June 13, 2009 at 5:03 pm

      What goes around comes around.

    16. Vote -1 Vote +1Tom
      June 13, 2009 at 5:09 pm

      To the people of Iran: Keep exercising your rights!!

    17. Vote -1 Vote +1leila
      June 13, 2009 at 5:14 pm

      this was not an election!
      in one night in 4 hours they change every things!
      leaders were arrested!!
      no conection with sms or cellphone!!
      and gurds attack civilian and attack civilian!

      i have a question!
      when Isreal attacked Gaza I cried for them, but now, are they feel sorry for us?? who is going to defend Palestin?? this curel??
      NO +CHANG in iran!!
      every one in whole world shoulde be ready for some thing really bad!! or …
      we need just miracle

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    19. Vote -1 Vote +1calmlikeabomb
      June 13, 2009 at 5:59 pm

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    24. Vote -1 Vote +1Bubba
      June 13, 2009 at 9:23 pm

      The ayatollas have sealed Iran’s fate. Conflict with Israel or the U.S. is unavoidable. Iran may become associated with nuclear weapons after all, but not as they had envisioned. If you can’t run with the big dogs, stay under the porch.

    25. Vote -1 Vote +1Bubba
      June 13, 2009 at 9:28 pm

      Iran had to be much better off with the Shah than with these jokers. A sixteen year old girl is raped in an Iranian town by a sixty year old cab driver and she was hung for bad morals. The rapist watched her execution from his cab. It doesn’t get much worse than that.

    26. Vote -1 Vote +1ShaGhayeGh
      June 13, 2009 at 9:35 pm

      I can’t believe this situation! Everything is changed at one night and now we have dictatorial regime. People have no idea that what going on is there. News websites such as CNN, BBC and some Farsi sites are filter. Social network sites are filter too. Internet connection speed is too low and people can’t reach the information.
      They didn’t cheat in the election, they did a coup!

    27. Vote -1 Vote +1Ali Mowrod
      June 13, 2009 at 9:43 pm

      There has been a conflict between traditional fundamentalist and progressive modernist forces in Modern Iran since the constituently revolution of 1905.The Iranian society has been divided since then between these two opposite camp. The Renovation of 1979 was an anti dictatorship that was hijacked by the religious oligarchy and religious class. The religious class itself has been divided along these lines since then. This internal conflict continues to this day. The current events unfolding in Iran is a manifestation of this internal conflict among the religious class and in the society as whole. One can not help but to be hopeful as Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King were during their struggle for freedom and equality. Struggle continues….

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      June 13, 2009 at 11:06 pm

      The election was converted to a coup, lead by Ahmadinejad.

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    31. Vote -1 Vote +1persian hope
      June 14, 2009 at 1:55 am

      I want to say truth
      80% of iranian people went to election not because of their love of regime
      they went to elect mousavi because they wanted change they wanted freedom they wanted hope for future
      but unfortunately khamenei & ahmadinejad are together they cheat people they are liers
      do you know anything about mordad 28th khordad 22th is the same
      we fight against the animals in our country
      in hope of a free iran such as 5000 years ago

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    36. Vote -1 Vote +1hagh
      June 14, 2009 at 4:05 am

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      why you can not see fact in tehran, they change our votes to mousavi
      and arested him

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    38. Vote -1 Vote +1sahar
      June 14, 2009 at 6:35 am

      Mr Obama please help us. please… because of God

      • Vote -1 Vote +1Steve
        June 22, 2009 at 7:39 am

        Why should he? This is now being seen by Democrat Party hard liners just meddling by the GOP. Obama is more interested in making sure he looks good and is being very ‘conservative’ in his response to this crisis. If your revolution fails, he will lose face with What I am seeing in posts now in my country are that the Democrats believe your revolution is about to fail (if they are not trolling) and are unwilling to support you now. To them it is the intelligent thing to do.

        I for one Support your cause 100% no matter what the outcome will be. The cause for freedom is never in vain. Better to die a free people than to live as a slave. GO IRAN! God Bless you! Your christian brothers here in America are with you.

    39. Vote -1 Vote +1m.omid
      June 14, 2009 at 9:35 am

      what a night it was!we all saw how many people voted for mr mousavi.the result was shocking.they think we dont understand.how many young people they want to kill or beat!till when!

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