Iranian election reax: Violence, bloodshed, suppression, allegations of fraud
Yesterday, Iran’s state-run media declared President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad the winner of the much-talked about Iranian presidential election against so-called “pro-westerner” and former Iranian prime minister Mirhossein Mousavi, and as a result of that declaration chaos, violence, bloodshed, and allegations of voter fraud have taken center stage.
Micheal J. Totten writes that “Iran is on fire” with protesters taking to the streets in belief that the election there was rigged, while government forces are suppressing them – in some cases, violently. As to the allegations of voter fraud, polling guru Nate Silver says he’s not seeing much validity to them – not as of yet, anyway. CNN’s being slammed by Twitterville over their lack of presence post-election in Iran. Ahmeanie’s rival has reportedly been arrested.
The WH is skeptical of the announced results and is “monitoring” the situation carefully. No doubt they were hopeful for a defeat of Iran’s president because his rival has expressed a willingness to engage in meaningful dialogue with the west, and promised more freedom for the people of Iran. Whether he was actually sincere in his claims is up for debate, considering his controversial history in Iran (more here and here).
To stay informed on the latest developments, keep checking Memeorandum as bloggers, pundits, experts, and analysts alike are keeping track of the goings on in Iran as they happen, in spite of Iran’s clamping down on all types of electronic communication. The “Tehran Bureau” blog is still a must-read as well – they are reporting unconfirmed numbers of up to 100 dead from post-election rioting. Just keep scrolling.