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2009-06-15 Syria-Lebanon-Iran
AP photographer sees pro-government militia fire at opposition protesters, killing at least 1.
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Posted by anonymous5089 2009-06-15 12:37|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [519 views ]  Top

#1 Flame meet blue touch paper
Posted by Bill Sheren 2009-06-15 12:50||   2009-06-15 12:50|| Front Page Top

#2 note Andrew Sullivan is liveblogging this fairly intensively. The "tweets" he is quoting indicate, if I read them correctly, that a big crackdown is happening at the demonstration.
Posted by liberal hawk 2009-06-15 13:51||   2009-06-15 13:51|| Front Page Top

#3 or maybe not.

"More on today’s rally from eyewitnesses we trust: The rally was scheduled to be from 4-6 pm, going from Englab Sq. to Azadi Sq. The Ministry of Interior did not provide a permit for the rally according to our source, and the first 3,000-4,000 people were met by armed forces in full riot gear and a number of Basij officials in street attire. By 4 pm, there were 100,000-200,000 people ready to attend the rally, and Mousavi, Karroubi, Khatami, Khatami’s brother, and Karbassji (former mayor of Tehran and affiliate of Rafsanjani) all showed up.

The armed forces did not engage the crowd and the crowd started to chant “arm forces, support support” i.e “nuroyeh entzammy: hemayat hemayat”. According to the source, there will be a rally tomorrow for Mousvi tomorrow at 5 pm in Vali Asr Sq. and there will be a national strike by all of Mousavi’s supporters.

He says Mousavi’s supporters are outraged by Ahmadinejad’s rhetoric towards them, calling them a “bunch of yahoos and no-gooders, whose aims is to disrupt the nation and its security”"

Posted by liberal hawk 2009-06-15 13:53||   2009-06-15 13:53|| Front Page Top

#4 calling them a "bunch of yahoos and no-gooders, whose aims is to disrupt the nation and its security

Sounds like Janet Napolitano talking about veterans and conservatives...
Posted by M. Murcek 2009-06-15 14:22||   2009-06-15 14:22|| Front Page Top

#5  calling them a "bunch of yahoos and no-gooders, whose aims is to disrupt the nation and its security

Sounds like Janet Napolitano talking about veterans and conservatives...


Well, yeah Murcek. That or most of us here at Rantburg describing Congress. . . .
Posted by GORT 2009-06-15 15:12||   2009-06-15 15:12|| Front Page Top

#6 Not a word from The One. I suppose all he knows how to do is apologize for America. Thuggery from islamist tyrants doesn't fit his worldview.
Posted by DMFD 2009-06-15 16:07||   2009-06-15 16:07|| Front Page Top

#7 I heard somewhere POTUS was going to speak on Iran at 5 ET. The pressure on him to speak is growing - see Bill Kristol's comments today on WS
Posted by liberal hawk 2009-06-15 16:13||   2009-06-15 16:13|| Front Page Top

#8 POTUS is meeting Berlusconi of Italy. They will speak to the press at 5, IIUC, and it is expected POTUS will say something about Iran then.
Posted by liberal hawk 2009-06-15 16:25||   2009-06-15 16:25|| Front Page Top

#9 He will be careful not to back one candidate, just demand what the masses are demanding.

Dinnerjacket MUST have cheated. Let's see what the mullahs will do.

1) Investigate but find no fault: Big problems

2) Investigate and find some faults then
a) just correct from 61% to maybe 55% (don't think that will work but they might try)
b) Declare a runoff between the two (best choice for them)

3) Declare elections invalid and order new ones.
a) with Dinnerjacket
b) without Dinnerjacket
Posted by European Conservative 2009-06-15 16:31||   2009-06-15 16:31|| Front Page Top

#10 If I had to guess I'd guess POTUS is going to call for "calm".
Posted by Ebbang Uluque6305 2009-06-15 16:32||   2009-06-15 16:32|| Front Page Top

#11 That's always safe
Posted by European Conservative 2009-06-15 16:33||   2009-06-15 16:33|| Front Page Top

#12 0bama issued a tepid statement that he was "deeply concerned". Somehow he managed to avoid apologizing.
Posted by DMFD 2009-06-15 18:55||   2009-06-15 18:55|| Front Page Top

#13 Bambi struggles without his teleprompter.
Posted by Keystone 2009-06-15 22:25||   2009-06-15 22:25|| Front Page Top

#14 "AP photographer sees pro-government militia fire at opposition protesters, killing at least 1."

And he reported it?

Was that winged swine flying past my window?
Posted by Barbara Skolaut">Barbara Skolaut  2009-06-15 23:01||   2009-06-15 23:01|| Front Page Top

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