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Iran Election Protests and Violence


Iran women tear-gassed by police in June,,2009

Iran Women tear-gassed by the police during protests in June, 2009.

After the June 12, 2009 presidential election in Iran, allegations and suspicion of vote fraud designed to favor the incumbent leader, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Protests began almost immediately after the election results were announced, and protests have been ongoing since June 13, 2009. Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei declared the election fair and declared Ahmadinejad the winner. This announcement only sparked more protests, as presidential challenger Mir-Hossein Mousavi continued to claim the election was rigged.



Similar to other recent anti-government protests in other nations, the Iranian protests/uprising, have been variously dubbed "The Green Revolution," the "Freedom Square Revolution," and "The Perisan Awakening." The other "revolutions" (which were largely peaceful) were in Lebanon (The Cedar Revolution), Ukraine (The Orange Revolution), and Georgia (The Rose Revolution).

While Iran's government is attempting to control the flow of news out of the country related to the protests, young, computer and internet-savvy Iranians are getting the story out past the censors. YouTube and Twitter are the newest means of sending text, photos, and video of the government repression to the world. Below is a YouTube video of the killing of an Iranian woman, Neda Soltani, in the streets of Tehran during a protest broken up by the government's Basij militia.

Protests continued into 2010, with anti-governement activists taking to the streets on numerous national holidays and at other times to protest against the governement of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Most protests continue to be broken up with violence by the Basij militia and the police.

 The Killing of Neda Soltani in Tehran

Video of the Iranian girl, Neda Soltani, being killed by the Basij militia during protests against the Iranian government--Warning, this video shows graphic violence


Links and Resources:


News Sources

--Iran News--click the Iran Flag


Police force Iran protest off streetsTeargas and water cannon are turned on demonstrators still prepared to face the iron fists of Tehran's violent militiamen--The Guardian, June 21, 2009

A Struggle for the Legacy of the Iranian Revolution--NYTimes, June 20, 2009

Exploring Iranís Unrest and the Obama Factor-NYTimes, June 21, 2009

Iran's Twitter Revolution--The Nation, June 15, 2009



Twitter Sources:
Iran Election Trending Topic--on Twitter

Neda SoltaniTrending Topic--on Twitter

Iran Trending Topic-on Twitter

YouTube and Video Sources:

Iran Protest Videos--YouTube Playlist for Iran Protests



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