Wednesday, February 2, 2011

On Egypt and the Middle East: 2009 Iran Election protest timeline: Notice any differences and/or similarities?

"Iran's tenth presidential election was held on 12 June 2009

The European Union, the United Kingdom the United States,
and several western countries expressed concern over alleged irregularities during the vote...

Russia, China, India, and Brazil, have congratulated Ahmadinejad on his victory...

Isn't China restricting Internet searches for the words Egypt, Tunisia etc...?

Mousavi lodged an official appeal against the result to the Guardian Council on 14 June...

On 16 June, Reuters reported that former vice-president Mohammad-Ali Abtahi
and former presidential advisor Saeed Hajjarian had been arrested...

Over 100 students were arrested after security forces fired tear gas at protesters
at Shiraz University on the same day.

...5 of 11 arrested journalists were still in detention as of 16 June,
and that a further 10 journalists were unaccounted for...

On 17 June, former foreign minister and Secretary-General of the Freedom Movement of Iran, Ebrahim Yazdi,
was arrested while undergoing tests at the Tehran hospital.

In Tabriz, other Freedom Movement activists and eight members of the IIPF were arrested,
with reports of at least 100 civic figures' arrests.

The total number of arrests across Iran since the election was reported as 500.

In Esfahan Province, prosecutor-general Mohammadreza Habibi
warned that dissidents could face the death penalty under Islamic law.

Have their been any government threats of Islamic law by Mubarak and Friends
and if not, why not?
Iranian Internet users used social media to trade lists of open web proxy servers
as means to get around [Internet and mobile phone] restrictions,
but the Iranian authorities monitoring these media gradually blocked these proxies,
so that after two weeks very few proxies were still working in Iran

...the government stopped Internet access.

On 22 June...General Ali Fazli...commander of the Revolutionary Guards in Tehran province,
[was] arrested for refusing to carry Khamenei's order to use force against demonstrators.

On 29 June, Iran's electoral board completed the partial recount,
and concluded that Ahmadinejad won the election, amidst protest from the opposition...

On 5 July 2009 the Sunday Times reported that the Iranian state media
have been transmitting “confessions” by demonstrators against the alleged rigging of the presidential vote
claiming they did so under the influence of the Voice of America, the BBC and other foreign media agencies.

On August 11, 2009, the Iranian government confirmed that 4000 were detained in the protests.


1 comment:

William B. said...

The Iranians deserve to live in a world free from persecution and torture...