What the BBC
didn't Report from IRI Elections
Following the election sham in the Islamic
Republic, several towns and cities in Iran have become unstable and
widespread clashes are reported from them.
In Dehdasht (old name Belad-Shapoor) between 2 to 9
people are reported to have been killed in the clashes. People started
protesting after the cheating just became too brazen.
In Firoozabad, Fars, people clashed with the Law
Enforcement Forces when a cleric by the name of Yunesi-Sarcheshmeyi was
declared the winner. One conscript soldier is reported killed. It is not
certain whether he was on the side of the people or against them. The
people have set fire to banks and all shops are shut.
In Miando-ab, West Azerbijan, some of the cheaters
have publicly confessed how they were taught by a cleric to remove the
voting stamp from their ID cards and vote again.
Marivan is still reported to be tense after several
days. People have beaten up one of the candidates by the name of Ali
Karimi, after he was seen in public.
In Izeh, the outgoing MP who clashed with the
bodyguards of a judiciary official after pointing out the cheatings, is
said to have died after going into a coma as a result of his injuries.
In Bam, the quake victims have protested at their
ongoing conditions by gathering in Sardaran-shahid Square.
Today in Isfahan, more than 25000 people in three
locations, Nikbakht Court, AhmadAbad Square, and in front of the
provincial government building have gathered after a saving account was
declared bankrupt one day after the elections. Even though the
authorities knew about the bankruptcy before the elections. Several
banks have been attacked and had their windows broken.
In Malekan in East Azerbijan, people were told that
45000 are eligible to vote, yet the number of declared votes for
candidates totalled 50000! Everyone including children and old people
have poured into the streets of Malekan and there is non-stop running
battles with the Law Enforcement Forces.
Today Mehdi Karubi, the outgoing speaker was asked
why he is in the 31St position. His reply was "Because people
boycotted the elections'. So there you go, from the horse's mouth as
they say :)
For those of you who can read Persian, see Jamshid
Barzegar's analysis for BBC world service.
He seems to have accepted the
official figures of 40-50% turnout without questioning the
credibility and ignored what the people from Iran have reported to the