View from Tehran

June 12, 2009

We received a selection of Your View pictures from Iran’s presidential election this week. Here is a selection of the best.

A supporter of Iranian presidential candidate and current President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Tehran June 10, 2009. Your View/Mohammad Javad Jahangir

An Iranian groom with his bride show their ink-marked finger after casting their ballots outside a polling station for the presidential elections in Tehran, Iran, June 12, 2009. Your View/Mohammad Javad Jahangir

An elderly man is carried by his son after casting his ballot outside a polling station in Tehran June 12, 2009. Your View/Mohammad Javad Jahangir

Campaign posters are seen on the ground during an election rally in Tehran June 10, 2009. Your View/Reza Mohaddes

View this week’s Your View slideshow here.

Comments

Thank you for finaly showing us Americans who you are and the courage you have. Our prayers are with you.

Posted by LORI | Report as abusive
 

Dear Sir,
The above pictures shows that, Iranians are much interested in their country!s political future.
Now, we knew that, who won this election.
Here and There,some sorts of anger,frustration of voters in regard to election results.
We hope that ,better sense will prevail to all countries.
Thanks for showing all encouraging photos for democratic interests.

Posted by krishnamurthi ramachandran | Report as abusive
 

Dear Sir,

I’m from Iran. They(the government)have blocked every thing….even yahoo messenger, google talk, ICQ,mirc,every messenger. They also have disconnected any way to communicate… many of Phone lines, ALL cellphone networks, SMS, MMS, … and many of news agencies websites on the web. They are worried and Scared !

They are trying to isolate people in IRAN.

Posted by CNA | Report as abusive
 

dear friends, we people of Iran need support of all nations in a battle for freedom and democracy. all sorts of communications with outside world have been banned and the government is going to do more restrictions by end of this week. please spread iran news everywhere , from your friends to your representatives in admin. , cultural & governmental councils.

Posted by arm | Report as abusive
 

CAN and arm,
What help are you looking for other than moral help (which is already there in abundance)? Material help is farfetched at this stage.

Any intervention from outside will be used to the advantage of incumbent president and your fight will be downplayed simply as antinational and pro-western. So fight it out on your own, for now. Believe me, entire world is watching very closely and searching for any info that comes out of Iran. All of us want to know why Iran cannot become a free democracy when many other countries are enjoying the fruits of democracy. Thorough introspection is needed by you all.

Iranians expect change without ever initiating a national dialogue on core issues weighing down their governance. Open debates criticizing fundamentalist oriented mindset of Teheran establishment is necessary. If the mullahs/ayatollahs continue to wield veto power and run the country thru parallel governance, the elected parliamentarians and president function just like an extended arms of the sepah, Basij or other outfits serving the theocracy. So long as the law makers (parliamentarians) do not function fearlessly and without restrictions on their powers, as you see in Japan, India, France and US no single leader (in this case Mousavi) can bring in freedom for Iranians.

Separate first the religion from politics. Having lived in Iran from 1985 to 90, I can say it is not possible. Simply Iranians cannot make a Gandhi out of Khomini. My sympathies and good wishes.

 

I am so proud to see the courage of IRANIAN people.
IRANIAN POPULATION IS RECOVERING THEIR RIGHT TO FREEDOM OF SPIRIT AND DIGNITY.NO MORE MANIPULATION OR SUBYUGATION .
WE ALL outsiders are watching, following and supporting you.THE WORLD IS SUPPORTING YOU.WEST AND EAST IS SUPORTING YOU.
Continue communicating with all of us, the time to act and support you all IRANIAN PEOPLE is near, never give up your HOPE LESS NOW.
YES GOD IS GREAT.
Soon the inevitable change is going to come, and REAL Dialogue and Coexistance will be inside IRAN and with Iran with the world.
MY PRAYER ARE WITH YOU ALL, AND MY DEEP GOOD ENRGIES FOR YOU.THE TIME OF PEACE AND REORGANIZATION IS COMMING.
TYRANY AND FAKE POSITION OF POWER NEVER LAST SO MUCH LESS WHEN HUMAN BEINGS RELIZE THAT THEIR VALUE IF FREEDOM IS BASIC FOR LIVING.
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH
YES GOD IS GREAT!

Posted by Maria | Report as abusive
 

http://www.ghalamnews.ir/news-21173.aspx please translate and publish this where ever you can. This is a real threat to our lives here in Iran.

Posted by Maaah | Report as abusive
 

simple let the people that voted for the current president protist next week just count people thanks and god bless you bill

Posted by bill | Report as abusive
 

The Iranian election was fair, and the offical results show the democratic views of the great majority of voters. The prostors are from an elite minority of university students and the upper middleclass who are trying to steal the election with the aid of biased and false reprting from the western media and websites. Yhere is simply no evidence of fraud and the results are in line withy the only professional pre-election survey as showm by the Washington Post. The turn out was fantastic and in no way could the results be tampered with.

Posted by Paul | Report as abusive
 

Paul it is so easy to talk like that when the fraud is done, and lack of transparency in the way of handleing the votes.
You do not have to be educated, or middle class, to know what is right, when you have been cheated and manipulated in your ideals, worse when your trust in your religious leader was manipulated, manipulated because power and control only , not for guidance and spiritual commitment of IRANIAN VALUES.
And you feel used, Iranian population trusted the Ayatollah ,but they realaize that the person they trusted turned the back to them. That is a deep lesson in your heart and spirit, that is the reason of claiming for change, a search of real order in Iran and not a fake one that made Iranian people be isolated from the world.
FREEDOM IS NOT FOR ONLY FEW .
The youth of Iran are following their natural growth and learning what is the truth or fake action.

THE WISDOM OF THE POPULATION IS CLEAR, you do not have be rich , or educated only to be wise.

Technology prove to be serving the truth, and all the world is wathching and supporting a new eleccion.

If Amadinayah is so patriot why he do not resign and show he is honest and want the GOOD for all IRANIANS. Instead he is under the arm of the Ayatollah , so convinience now.
I hope the Religious leaders of Iran realize that these is not a matter of goverment only, it is the awake of oppressed spirit of right and freedom.
They have the great opportunity to change now the false path Iran was walking .

Posted by maria | Report as abusive
 

I thought that this burning issue of election results of Iran will be over.
But,as per latest reports, by all media groups,still Iran is burning.
Worldwide protests are in.
All religious groups,defeated presidential candidate,second term Mr.Iran President,main Chair person on Government matters should sit together for peaceful settlement.
I have fear of creating some rift between two dominant Muslim sects for creating more law and order problems in Iran and other middle east countries.

 

To a great, noble and ancient people: Our hearts go out to you, people of Iran. There are many lovely Iranians in my town and we know what a great history Iran has. I am sorry for the suffering, but I hope that your courage will bear fruit for justice, freedom and liberty. We are praying that God will help you in your cause according to your needs. Freedom is worth fighting for. Someone must have a plan to implement your faith to apply to a workable form of government based on the natural rights of all human beings. May your people be of one mind to benefit your nation.

Posted by StudentTeacher | Report as abusive
 

The election was a fraud. Iranians dont give up on your quest to rid your country of EVIL. Down with your oppressive leader. MOUSAVI is a true leader for the people of Iran.

Posted by Rddi | Report as abusive
 

An Ayatollah becomes the Shah?

Quoting then (not-yet-Ayatollah) Hojatol-Islam Seyed Ali Khamanei, the current Supreme Leader at a speech in Qom: “The Shah was guilty of this: He said it’s my word, not the nation’s. Today anyone who repeats this behavior, it not acceptable; he is condemnable.” “Once illiteracy, poverty, hunger, oppression and inequality are wiped away from society, the revolution will have been successful.”

As the world views this hypocrisy there is dissension in the mullocracy. Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani has been in Qom meeting with Grand Ayatollah Hossein-Ali Montazeri who has stated this election is fraudelent. {view below}
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UG7e0OYD t0
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Ayatollah Khamanei Condemns Himself in word and deed!
Will ‘The Assembly of Experts’ dispose of Khamanei?

The existence of Iran’s Reformist Movement depends on it.

The quote by Lord Acton says it best:
“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.”

Fearful rulers attempt to control with Fear…
Faith is the antithesis to Fear
Faith is only as strong as the object of the faith

Truth is powerful-lies are as quicksand…

The degree of deceit illustrates depth of depravity…
– Pray For Peace –
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Photo Gallery HERE:http://www.demotix.com/iranelection

Tweets HERE:http://twitter.com/tehranbureau

 

Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation, are people who want crops without ploughing the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning; they want the ocean without the roar of its many waters. The struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, or it may be both. But it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand; it never has and it never will.

Frederick Douglass

 

Tehran is not silent , do not listen to state medias . the are lairs like Ahmadinejad .
freedom is our only demand

Posted by omid | Report as abusive
 

this is an iranian issue, the western would needs to be concerned with their own business. all these statements on how the “world supports the iranian people” is all nonsense. where was this support when the shah was arresting our parents in tehran? the U.S and U.K put him in power and supported him. for the last 30 years, the iranian people have been living under economic sanctions because you feel that we are a threat to the world. but we do not produce islamic extremist like your friends in saudia arabia and egypt do. where was the world for us when sadaam hussain tried to invade our country? you all supported sasaam and we fought and made him ran while we lost half a million of our brothers? where was the support then? where was the support for us when george bush and israel openly threatned to attack our country which israel still continues to do so? we iranians have lived for thousands of years before you and survived, and we will still survive.

Posted by Hassan | Report as abusive
 

Iranian people is standing up for a real order and progress.
They say NO to fraud and oppression.
They say No to be isolated from the world.
They say NO to being seen by the world as supporters of terrorism in the Midle East, South America, Europe and Asia-Africa.
They say NO to State terrorism.

They say YES to Real Dialogue.
They say YES to Civil Rights.
They say YES to Freedom .
They say YES to Communication.
They say YES to Coexistance.
They say YES to Technology and Progress.

The real Islamic Republc of Iran is emmerging now.

Reformists are not against Islam Faith, are against lies and state terrorism that used Islam as a excuse.

The world is watching your actual suffering, you are not alone in this fight.
The arrogance of the actual regime leaded by Amahdeniyah
is doing mistakes like to be against you and against the world blaming it of their misuses and actions as perpetrators.
The world knows who are the real terrorists and who are the noble people of Iran.
Please continue communicating globaly with all of us.
Continue having Hope.

Posted by Maria | Report as abusive
 

Apparently it is an Iranian matter, but the govermt. of Ahmadineyah is directly braking international laws and comiting crimes against unarmed people, civilians, vulnerable population and murdering and desapearing people in hospitals, entering in houses and arrests, journalists arrests, like there was never an internal law, and international law.These brutal regime is using mercenaries (terrorists from other lands that this regime supported to desestabilize regions of the world)

-Maybe there is an international law that is there.Must be there an international law to be applyed NOW. Maybe a coalision of the West and East countries.

-The West and the East were waiting these moment in Iran since 9/11 and since 30 years ago. The world was waiting these brave and heroic fight from the population of Iran.
Fight unarmed for global ideals and the right to be part of the world as a nation.
NOW THEY ARE DOING SO….WE THE WORLD TOGETHER MUST BE UNITED TO SUPPORT THEM AND RESPOND FOR WHAT THEY NEED NOW.
-We all must use our creativity to create a world help to the population of IRAN, analizing how to do it without harming the effort and the reformers movement.
-These is not Iranian matter here are involved worldwide interests , not only economical, nuclear, and technological, also the Global Peace vs. terrorists regimes that in other latituds are using oppresion too.

If these actual totalitarian regime of Iran falls the other totalitarian regimes too! Ahmadineyah knows these and the other totalitarian leaders too.
These is not a matter of religion.
These is a global world now.
People of IRAN is having hope on all of us the world.

They have been betrayed by they own maximum religious leader and that sentiment is so deep and painful, and they hope is on their new political leader and religious Iranean leader colaision that are supporting the population now and on us the world to support them .

Support them not with charity but with SOLIDARITY , a new and unique Solidarity acordance of these times and actual situation.
We must use all our talented minds for the belhalf of them now.

We are having an unique opportunity to create a global consensus about proteccion of population, must be there something.
We must not repeat the sorrow of Holocaust,Saddam Hussein regime,Ruanda,Darfur,Somalia, and other atrocities , suffering the sorrow and regret of not helping on time. We must prevent .
We must find a way to help, maybe these is the begining of a global law in civil rights.
Iranian people are going to suffer atrocities , we must not allow what is coming. Desapearing of people, torture, rape, the pattern is there, our heart must not be so cold.
Helping them by creating a way, a global strategy to help them now is assuring the Global Peace and Dialogue.

Iranian people are extremely vulnerable now emotionally, spiritualy and phisically, even that they are doing their fight lets continue helping and avoid the soon more atrocities to come in retaliation to them.

THERE ARE THREE GENERATIONS AND MORE FITHING THERE, LETS BE CREATIVE AND HELP GLOBALY TO IRANIAN PEOPLE TO RECOVER THEIR RIGHT TO EMMERGE AS A FREE NATION.

Posted by Maria | Report as abusive
 

The supreme leader is just a leader and not supreme anymore.

Keep the peaceful resistance going.Non cooperation and nonviolence can not be oppressed. Gandhian way is better than Ayatollah way

East and west alike support freedom loving Iranians. The killers of unarmed protesters are making the world angry.

 

Again the West and the East must do something to help and protect the vulnerable in IRAn.
What are we waiting,to see how those HUMAN BEINGS are going to be prosecuted like delinquents or terrorists? and puneshed maybe like Somalia way ? cutting arm and leg?or what new perverse atrocity are going to use?TO GAVE A LESSON OF PERVERSION AND WARNING to the protesters and to the world?
NO TO MANIPULATION OF LAW AND FEAR . NO TO LEGAL ATROCITIES.
NOW NOT LEGITIME GOVM OF IRAN- ARE GOING TO USE THE LAW TO COMMIT A GREAT ATROCITY WITH THE ARRESTED? AND ALL WE LOOKING AS A WARNING….ENOUGH OF WARNINGS OF THE TERROR OF ALL THE KIND.
THE RELIGIOUS LEADER COUNSIL MUST RETHINK WHOM IS IN POWER, THE ISLAM IN IRAN IS IN THE WAY OF COMMITING A GREAT ATROCITY THAT WILL COST THEM THE FAITH. YOU ARE ON TIME TO AVOID SUCH ATROCITY. ISLAM IS NOT THAT.
WE THE WORLD SAY TO YOU AND ALL YOUR STATE TERRORISTS FOLLOWERS YOU ARE NOT GOD. AND YOUR GOD IS NOT THE GOD OF ISLAM.
MUST BE A WAY TO HELP.

Posted by maria | Report as abusive
 

Very regret to say that,Iran is still burning.
Govt.had firmly ruled out for any recounting or cancelling election results.
Newsweek Reporter was arrested.
BBC Correspondent was asked to pack to London.
I wrote two comments on these issues,and requested to Iranian Government not to curtail their professional ethics.
All my writings were published in Huffington Post and Times news, London.
UNO Secretary General also requested Iranian authorities not to use andy force on peaceful demonstrators.
We will wait and see ,what happens next?

 

What makes this guy “supreme”? He bleeds when cut, eat when hungry like every single one of us….I say to hell with him and anybody like him…It’s easy to go against unarmed civilians, I wonder what would happen if the odds were even.

Posted by Ferhat | Report as abusive
 

http://www.hackiran.tumblr.com

This is a proxy server blog set up to help information flow to and from the Iranian people. It includes information on how to treat tear gas/lye/chemical injuries, information on embassies willing to take injured demonstrators, information and Google Earth images on which areas of Tehran to avoid due to heavy Basiji activity, statements from Iranian and American officials and Mousavi, reports from sources within Iran, translations of Iranian and American Twitters from Farsi to English (and vice versa) as well as information on how to help Iranian demonstrators avoid misinformation and propaganda.

Please help spread the word.

Posted by KJJL | Report as abusive
 

The elderly fundamentalists in Iran have been overwhelmed by majority reformists born in the 80s of the past century. Thanks to the 8 years’ Iran-Iraq war. Now the voice for democracy is finally heard in this old conservative regime which could no longer abort the free flow of information. Thanks to the internet.

Posted by Maher | Report as abusive
 

i am iranian
23 age
i am study master digree
iran isnot terorist contry and ahmadinejad isnot dictator
my religion is ISLAM
in islam sayed
“u should DEFIANCE in aggnist enemy”
and israeil and u s a is our enemy
ahmadi nejad is very very biave

all of iranian people love ahmadinejad

Posted by tohid | Report as abusive
 

Doesn’t Islam also say; One should believe in all God’s Religions and Prophets? By you calling USA and Israel enemy based on religion you technically are wrong according to Islam…

Posted by V | Report as abusive
 

Thanks for publishing of my three comments on this topic.
Now what Happened in Iran?
Slowly mass protesters are coming back to normal.
All these upraising against Heads are temporary.
Now political fire was stopped.
They have to wait for next 4 years for if, and lapses happens.

 

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