Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Iran on Thursday

More demonstrations reported by BBC News:
Tens of thousands of people have again taken to the streets in Iran's capital Tehran in protest at election results. It follows a call by presidential challenger Mir Hossein Mousavi for further peaceful demonstrations. An even larger protest is expected on Thursday, which Mr Mousavi says should be a day of mourning for the eight people killed after Monday's protest.
n other developments on Wednesday:
• Six footballers playing for Iran's national team, including the captain, have appeared in a World Cup qualifier in Seoul, South Korea, wearing armbands in the green associated with Mr Mousavi.

Footage of the Iranian team members wearing the wristbands

• Two pro-reform figures, newspaper editor Saeed Laylaz and Hamid Reza Jalaipour, an activist and journalist, were arrested on Wednesday morning, reports said. Mr Laylaz is a political and economic analyst who is often critical of Mr Ahmadinejad and who has often been interviewed by foreign media.
• The Revolutionary Guard, which answers to Iran's Supreme Leader, said it would take action against "deviant" news websites deemed to be creating tension in Iran.
Overnight, members of Iran's Basij volunteer militia reportedly raided university dormitories in several Iranian cities.
The Basijis stormed compounds, ransacking dormitories and beating up some students. Several arrests were made, our correspondent says, and the dean of the university in the city of Shiraz has resigned.


Göran Koch-Swahne said...

The brave!

David G. said...

Oh Well,... The World Progresses!