Death Toll Rises in Iran

8 more people were killed during Monday’s protests against Mahmoud Ahmedinejad’s electoral victory in Tehran. Rallies in support of Musavi nonetheless continued on today, with more people than yesterday, according to witnesses. Numbers cannot be confirmed as all foreign media have been barred from entering the city.

Protesters have persistently been updating the world on Twitter and on YouTube, though. While yesterday’s rallies came to a bloody end, today’s was relatively calm.

Meanwhile, experts around the world are trying to figure out whether the results of Friday’s election were legitimate or not. While no one has been able to deem the results invalid, people are skeptical at best about Ahmedinejad’s margin of victory.

In fact, several news and blog sites have gone green in solidarity with the protesters.

Samah Choudhury contributed to this post

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11 thoughts on “Death Toll Rises in Iran

  1. Give me a break! I'm watching video just uploaded of kids who got shot today! If you think any elections are valid with the mullahs in charge – then you dropped way too much acid.

  2. Give me a break! I’m watching video just uploaded of kids who got shot today! If you think any elections are valid with the mullahs in charge – then you dropped way too much acid.

  3. Dear Debbie, i've been waiting to see your spirited, caring comments, now here you are !!

    Is any election valid under the mullahs, as you so importantly raise the issue ?

    Actually, more valid than in Bush's america, my dear friend.

    The preelection debates in Iran were apparently livelier than the dull & stereotyped Obama/ McCain / Joe the Plumber exchanges in the States.

    Also, all opinion polls before the elections in Iran put Ahmedinejad ahead by 2 to 1. He's popular with the peasants & urban poor, the less vocal classes of society & the ones without comparable internet access in relation to the more modernised classes.

    The BIG Western media gives us the implicit democracy / mullah divide in its unchanging characterisations of Iran, but the ALTERNATIVE Western media often pictures a more unpredictable, fluid situation which is closer to how you & i have actually experienced life.

    Always love hearing your voice !! Do take care.

  4. Dear Debbie, i’ve been waiting to see your spirited, caring comments, now here you are !!

    Is any election valid under the mullahs, as you so importantly raise the issue ?

    Actually, more valid than in Bush’s america, my dear friend.

    The preelection debates in Iran were apparently livelier than the dull & stereotyped Obama/ McCain / Joe the Plumber exchanges in the States.

    Also, all opinion polls before the elections in Iran put Ahmedinejad ahead by 2 to 1. He’s popular with the peasants & urban poor, the less vocal classes of society & the ones without comparable internet access in relation to the more modernised classes.

    The BIG Western media gives us the implicit democracy / mullah divide in its unchanging characterisations of Iran, but the ALTERNATIVE Western media often pictures a more unpredictable, fluid situation which is closer to how you & i have actually experienced life.

    Always love hearing your voice !! Do take care.

  5. I did not insult you, John. The other Debbie (with no last name) just said baseless insults in this blog, not me. I'm Debbie Kearns, and I speak calming, caring words about AIUSA when I hear news and feel that something's up. I want to know that you speak up for human rights like me, and you never judge anyone by your comment. The real Debbie Kearns would never say insulting claims like that. John, I like you just the way you are. :)

  6. I did not insult you, John. The other Debbie (with no last name) just said baseless insults in this blog, not me. I’m Debbie Kearns, and I speak calming, caring words about AIUSA when I hear news and feel that something’s up. I want to know that you speak up for human rights like me, and you never judge anyone by your comment. The real Debbie Kearns would never say insulting claims like that. John, I like you just the way you are. :)

  7. John,

    You are nothing but a reactionary goon. Your limited understanding of the voting trend in Iran goes as far as a 5-year-old tearing a quantum physics pages and draw a stick figure on it.

    I hardly believe you are capable of understanding a word in Farsi, let alone barge in here, bare foot, start skiing on everyone's piss. The "debates" you sophomorically labeled as "live[lier]," were indeed as sordid as it could be — I am not going to venture into the effectiveness of each candidate's presentation with respect to the intricacies of voters' psyche and their voting pattern. The point is that the, without a doubt, this is not a democracy when each candidate is hand selected by the unelected officials.

    Another false perception that's going around is the fact "peasants and urban poor" are pro-Ahmadinejad — that is patently but partially incorrect assertion. The impoverished sector of the society has had its standard of living declined steadily in the last 4 years. Inflation and high rate of unemployment is choking the entire country to its breaking point. Certainly it hasn't improved for the majority of the people as some might "speculate" on this side of the ocean. I lived in Iran half of my life; I have half of my paternal family still residing there. I occasionally converse with many of them, urban, suburban and outside major cities. The support for Ahmadinejad, although strong"er" comparably with Mousavi, it is no where as solid as it has been advertised. The increase of 15%-20% in voting turnout was not entirely for the hard liner which defies every logic in the book.

    Here're the pictures of the protest which was held in Atlanta, GA in front of the CNN Center on Saturday June 20, 2009: http://bit.ly/hCJuF

  8. John,

    You are nothing but a reactionary goon. Your limited understanding of the voting trend in Iran goes as far as a 5-year-old tearing a quantum physics pages and draw a stick figure on it.

    I hardly believe you are capable of understanding a word in Farsi, let alone barge in here, bare foot, start skiing on everyone's piss. The "debates" you sophomorically labeled as "live[lier]," were indeed as sordid as it could be — I am not going to venture into the effectiveness of each candidate's presentation with respect to the intricacies of voters' psyche and their voting pattern. The point is that the, without a doubt, this is not a democracy when each candidate is hand selected by the unelected officials.

    Another false perception that's going around is the fact "peasants and urban poor" are pro-Ahmadinejad — that is patently but partially incorrect assertion. The impoverished sector of the society has had its standard of living declined steadily in the last 4 years. Inflation and high rate of unemployment is choking the entire country to its breaking point. Certainly it hasn't improved for the majority of the people as some might "speculate" on this side of the ocean. I lived in Iran half of my life; I have half of my paternal family still residing there. I occasionally converse with many of them, urban, suburban and outside major cities. The support for Ahmadinejad, although strong"er" comparably with Mousavi, it is no where as solid as it has been advertised. The increase of 15%-20% in voting turnout was not entirely for the hard liner which defies every logic in the book.

    Here're the pictures of the protest which was held in Atlanta, GA in front of the CNN Center on Saturday June 20, 2009: http://bit.ly/hCJuF

  9. John,

    You are nothing but a reactionary goon. Your limited understanding of the voting trend in Iran goes as far as a 5-year-old tearing a quantum physics pages and draw a stick figure on it.

    I hardly believe you are capable of understanding a word in Farsi, let alone barge in here, bare foot, start skiing on everyone's piss. The "debates" you sophomorically labeled as "live[lier]," were indeed as sordid as it could be — I am not going to venture into the effectiveness of each candidate's presentation with respect to the intricacies of voters' psyche and their voting pattern. The point is that the, without a doubt, this is not a democracy when each candidate is hand selected by the unelected officials.

    Another false perception that's going around is the fact "peasants and urban poor" are pro-Ahmadinejad — that is patently but partially incorrect assertion. The impoverished sector of the society has had its standard of living declined steadily in the last 4 years. Inflation and high rate of unemployment is choking the entire country to its breaking point. Certainly it hasn't improved for the majority of the people as some might "speculate" on this side of the ocean. I lived in Iran half of my life; I have half of my paternal family still residing there. I occasionally converse with many of them, urban, suburban and outside major cities. The support for Ahmadinejad, although strong"er" comparably with Mousavi, it is no where as solid as it has been advertised. The increase of 15%-20% in voting turnout was not entirely for the hard liner which defies every logic in the book.

    Here're the pictures of the protest which was held in Atlanta, GA in front of the CNN Center on Saturday June 20, 2009: http://bit.ly/hCJuF

  10. John,

    You are nothing but a reactionary goon. Your limited understanding of the voting trend in Iran goes as far as a 5-year-old tearing a quantum physics pages and draw a stick figure on it.

    I hardly believe you are capable of understanding a word in Farsi, let alone barge in here, bare foot, start skiing on everyone’s piss. The “debates” you sophomorically labeled as “live[lier],” were indeed as sordid as it could be — I am not going to venture into the effectiveness of each candidate’s presentation with respect to the intricacies of voters’ psyche and their voting pattern. The point is that the, without a doubt, this is not a democracy when each candidate is hand selected by the unelected officials.

    Another false perception that’s going around is the fact “peasants and urban poor” are pro-Ahmadinejad — that is patently but partially incorrect assertion. The impoverished sector of the society has had its standard of living declined steadily in the last 4 years. Inflation and high rate of unemployment is choking the entire country to its breaking point. Certainly it hasn’t improved for the majority of the people as some might “speculate” on this side of the ocean. I lived in Iran half of my life; I have half of my paternal family still residing there. I occasionally converse with many of them, urban, suburban and outside major cities. The support for Ahmadinejad, although strong”er” comparably with Mousavi, it is no where as solid as it has been advertised. The increase of 15%-20% in voting turnout was not entirely for the hard liner which defies every logic in the book.

    Here’re the pictures of the protest which was held in Atlanta, GA in front of the CNN Center on Saturday June 20, 2009: http://bit.ly/hCJuF

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