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2009 Iranian Presidential Election and post-result events


About 2009 Iranian Presidential Election

President of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad wins re-election, amid protests and allegations of electoral fraud. Huge crowds and supporters of former premier Mir Hossein Mousavi gathered outside Government offices in protest of the election outcome. The protests are termed to be the biggest ever since the anti-government demonstrations since the Shah was deposed in 1979. On June 16, 2009 the 12 member Guardian Council which includes clerics and Islamic law experts said they will re-tally the poll but rejected a call for a re-election or to annul the election (change the outcome of the present election). The announcement came on the official state radio acknowledging the death of 7 people in post-election violence. Foreign journalists (including private independent media) are banned from going into streets to do the coverage as the subject is considered sensitive to the world opinion. Few foreign journalists began leaving Iran after it became apparent that their Visas will not be renewed.

On June 16/17, 2009, the Iran Government blocked access to online communication tools in a bid to make the already banned international journalists silent. The US Government has acknowledged that social networking tools such as Facebook and Twitter are providing helpful information.

On June 17, 2009, the Revolutionary Guards which is only answerable to the supreme leader said all Iranian Web sites and bloggers must remove any materials that "create tension" or face legal action.

June 20, 2009 - Demonstrations & clashes

On June 20, 2009, supporters of the defeated presidential candidates former premier Mir Hossein Mousavi and ex-Revolutionary Guards chief Mohsen Rezai planned street demonstrations at 4:00 pm Iran Time (1130 GMT). International media reported that police used fired tear gas and water cannons at thousands of protesters who rallied in Tehran. About 3000 demonstrators congreated at the Revolution Square, Central Iran raising slogans "Death to the dictator!" and "Death to dictatorship!". Several people are reported to be killed when rioters torched the Lolagar mosque in Tehran. About 100 people are reported to have been injured according to the state run television. International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran which is working from New York reported that scores of injured people taking medical assistance at hospitals are arrested.

Arrest of daughter of former President Hashemi Rafsanjani and other family members

Iranian state television reported on June 21, 2009 that the eldest daughter of former President Hashemi Rafsanjani, Faezeh Hashemi, together with four other family members for taking part in unauthorized protest rallies.

A report on state television broadcasted on June 22, 2009 said that Iranian authorities have so far arrested at least 457 people and 10 people dead since in the post-election clashes.

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