13 June 2009

So, the Iranian election was stolen, by a ridiculous margin (UPDATED)

And here's why we know this to be most likely true, explained by Juan Cole.  (Read that.)  The vote counts were probably completely falsified, as per the ayatollahs' instructions.

TEHRAN, June 13 (UPI) -- Riot police charged on protesters Saturday in Tehran as the Iranian government declared Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was re-elected president, sources said.

Both Ahmandinejad and his rival, Mir Hossein Mousavi, declared victory with Mousavi urging his supporters to stand firm in the face of a "dangerous charade," The New York Times reported Saturday.

"I am the absolute winner of the election by a very large margin," Mousavi said late Friday night.

Police with riot batons charged thousands of Mousavi supporters gathered in central Tehran Saturday, but it was unclear if there were serious injuries.

Iran's Interior Ministry gave Ahmadinejad 62.6 percent of the vote and Mousavi 33.7 percent, the BBC reported. The ministry said turnout was a record 85 percent of eligible voters, with more than 46 million people casting a ballot.

Sad.  Brad has more at Sadly, No!

UPDATE:  Just throwing in another amazing source for information on the Iranian situation, Laura Rozen.  The most complete reporting I've seen so far.


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