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Today, Robert Fisk writes Iran erupts as voters back ‘the Democrator’: “A smash in the face, a kick in the balls – that’s how police deal with protesters after Iran’s poll kept the hardliners in power.”
“Eighty per cent of the votes had been counted and the results came up as Ahmadinejad 64.78 per cent; Mousavi 32.26 per cent; Mohsen Rezai (a former Revolutionary Guard commander) 2.08 per cent; and Mehdi Karoubi (a former parliament speaker) a miserable 0.89 per cent. How could this be, a man asked me on a scorching, dangerous street an hour later. Karoubi’s party has at least 400,000 members. Were they all sleeping on Friday?”
“Last night, all SMS calls were blocked. The Iranian news agency announced that, since there would be no second round of elections, there would be no extension of visas for foreign journalists – one can well see why – and so many of the people who were praised by the government for their patriotism in voting on Friday were assaulted by their own government on Saturday.”
The National Iranian American Council has some updates here including a report that Mousavi’s wife, Zahra Rahnavard, has made a public appearance calling for a national strike on Tuesday and a peaceful protest Monday in 20 cities across the country.
Meanwhile, in his Facebook page, some of MirHossein Mousavi’s 45,672 supporters have started sporting “Where is my vote?” in their FB profile.