Iran:Deaths Confirmed In Saturday’s Unrest


Latest Updates: 6/21/2009 @ 8:00 AM (PST) . The Iranian TV reports that at least 13 were killed in Saturday’s riots. Today, Tehran is relatively calm as demonstrators & activists await for instructions from Mousavi.

At least one person was killed in Tehran when a suicide bomber blew himself up near the shrine of Ayatollah Khomeini.

An Iranian police representative stated: ” A terrorist detonated his explosive vest in the Ayatollah Khomeini shrine causing damage in one section of it.” Some protesters feel that the attack was orchestrated by the government.

Iranian police have used tear gas & water cannons against thousands of demonstrators. The efforts of the police trying to block access to Revolution Square were largely in vain. A protester said: ” Now it is tear gas, I am sure it won’t take them long to start using other type of ammunition.”

Mousavi declined to meet with the Guardian Council, Iran highest legislative authority, concerning the voting irregularities. Mousavi called, later on in the day, for a general strike in case of an arrest. He said he was willing to become a martyr if necessary. Mousavi’s web site is still running with regular news updates.

Mousavi has also a photo feed on Flickr featuring today’s events.

Mousavi remains resolute & defiant.

This is the translation of Mousavi’s statement made available by Tehran

Despite the violent crack down by the authority, protests will continue. A sign of the reformists resolution came in the form of  people screaming ” Death the dictator ” from Teheran’s roof tops at dawn today.

By associating his fate to the one of Ahmadinejad, Ayatollah Khamenei is making a very dangerous calculation that could prove fatal to his own political future.


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