Friday, June 19, 2009

Iran Election Digest

(AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Despite Khameni's speech, with threats that "there will be consequencs" for continuing demonstrations, there will be a further rally in Teheran tomorrow (Saturday 20th June, 4pm Iran time, 12.30 BST). They are asking for others to express support at the same (local) time.

Ominously, the demonstration has been banned by the Iran Govt.

The Green Revolution is sustained at night by people getting on the rooftops and shouting Allahu Akbar. This is even louder tonight.

This, from the Guardian News blog, (scroll down to 5.33pm) is crucial All indications are the protests are on for tomorrow and that Khatami, Mousavi and Karroubi will be there along with supporters among the clerics.

I'm told the Iranian Hezbollah said today it would not act against the protesters, and those who do (Basij militia, Revolutionary Guard, police) are "evil" and are not working on behalf of the will of God.

I'm also told the word is that the Revolutionary Guard is itself split over how to react tomorrow, and that protesters believe the group will not crack down tomorrow.

A reader tells me some are saying they were established for the people and will not fight against them. She says some dissenting IRG troops have been jailed.

Revolutions succeed when the police side with the protesters.

Avaaz is going to conduct an exit poll, by engaging a professional polling organisation to phone Iranians and ask how they voted. They need $119,000 for this. If it is raised in time they can get their poll out before the official Iranian Govt recount. Donate here.

ProtesterHelp is an authoritative source.

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