Iran Election Recount: Continued Protests in Tehran, Iran
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 - protests in Tehran, Iran were met with physical force. An eyewitness equated the Iranian security forces physical altercation with civilians as beating 'animals.' The ongoing post-Iran election protests have been met with widespread public unrest. President Ahmadinejad has sanctioned an election recount; the results of the partial recount have been released today, supposedly verifying the Iran elections.
Active protesters say President Ahmadinejad’s security force was mobilized and planned for the protest, in Tehran square. The administration has been bent on quelling the public protest of the contested Iran elections.
"They were waiting for us," the source said. "They all have guns and riot uniforms. It was like a mouse trap."
"I see many people with broken arms, legs, heads -- blood everywhere -- pepper gas like war," the source said.
About "500 thugs" with clubs came out of a mosque and attacked people in the square, another source said.
The security forces were "beating women madly" and "killing people like hell," the source said.
"They beat up a woman so bad, she was all bloody," the source said in a description that underscores the growing and central role of
The Guardian Council received a withdrawal of election complaints from Mohsen Rezaei. Rezaei came in third in the Iran election and has with the other failed presidential candidates reported over 600 abnormalities in the elections of Iran.
After the official declaration, all the three defeated candidates filed complaints over irregularities in the election, while Mousavi and Karroubi have demanded an annulment of the election.
Mr. Ahmadinejad's media supporters have called for punishment on Mr. Mousavi, the runner up in Iran's contested elections. Though Mr. Mousavi and his loyal following have denied allegations they are behind the violence in the Iran elections, Iranian security forces have arrested 25 journalists and staff at Kalemmeh Sabz - Green Word - a newspaper owned by Mr. Mousavi.
The religiously-aligned Keyhan paper demanded Mr Mousavi's arrest as a traitor while Vatan-e Emrouz, a newspaper loyal to incumbent president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, sought to pin the blame for 19 deaths on the challenger. "Who is responsible for the week-long crime in Tehran?" a banner headline asked.
Iranian foreign relations between the western powers have been tumultuous as of late. First Ayatollah Khamenei attacked Britain, the United States, Israel and other regimes in in a speech on June 19, blaming them for inciting the protests. Then the government of Iran expelled British diplomats and BBC correspondent, Jon Leyne. The Iranian Foreign Minister is now debating lowering ties even further between Britain, making an international statement by refusing to attend the G8 meeting taking place in Italy this week.
Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said Tehran was weighing whether to downgrade ties with Britain after each country expelled two diplomats this week. He also announced he had “no plans” to attend a G8 meeting in Italy this week on Afghanistan.
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