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