December 28, 2009
Things have been getting really dicey in Iran over the past few days. Following initial demonstrations, sparked in part over the 'disappearance' of the body of the nephew of former presidential candidate Mir Hossein Musabi last weekend, and the refusal of the current regime to allow a funeral for late Grand Ayatollah Montazeri, a popular religious figure by the current religious dictator, Ayatollah Ali Khamaenei.
What is estimated as 'thousands' took to the streets in several cities, fighting the police, burning their vehicles, and getting the message out that all is not well in the Islamic Republic. Roving bands of police, revolutionary guards, and their cohorts on motorbikes have arrested what is reported as over a thousand people. In additin, police at every hospital and clinic are taking names and escorting injured out. Several who have died have had their bodies removed by the police--preventing their burial as required by Islamic Law.
So far Ahmadinijhad has not ordered the arrest of the rest of the former presidential candidates, but two other notables, Ebriham Yazdi, former foreign minister, age 78, and several high-level aides to Musabi were detained at u nknown locations. Those arrests only further inflamed the crowds. Thre official Irani Press, mostly controlled by the Revolutionary Guards, reported only on some reported pro-government demonstrations in Tehran and Qom.
President Obama was quick to denounce the brutal crackdowns, saying that the US "joins with the international community in stronlgy condemning the violent and unjust supprerssion of innocent Iranian citizens."
All is not well in the Islamic Republic of Iran