If you think that the election in Iran wasn’t free and fair, or that there was swindling and fraud, and if you can, say something green on your blog, or turn it green temporarily, in solidarity with the masses doing the streets in Tehran, demanding freedoms. And dying. Here’s what you could do, one or more of these:
1. Write a poem about Iran and post it
2. Write a poem about the colour green and post it
3. Discuss what’s going on in Iran at the moment in a post
4. Discuss the importance of not having theocracies (tsk tsk tsk!)
5. Post someone else’s poem about Iran/the colour green/theocracies/etc
6. Turn your blog green — shocking green, ha ha!
7. Share the present post with blogger friends 8. Read this article: http://mg.co.za</font>
June 12: The Election
On Friday, June 12th, Iran held its Presidential Elections. According to the official (but now disputed) vote tally, Ahmadinejad secured 24.5 million votes, or 62.6 percent, while Mousavi garnered 13.2 million votes, or 33.7 percent.
Social media was already tracking the results as they occurred. We have provided snippets from Wikipedia, Twitter, Flickr, and YouTube, as well as links to the searches, articles, and multimedia referenced here.
From Wikipedia: Iranian Presidential Election, 2009
The election had seen huge candidate rallies in Iranian cities, and turnout was very high with over 80 percent of the electorate reportedly voting. If no candidate had received a majority of support, a run-off election would have been held on 19 June 2009. At the closing of election polls, both leading candidates, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Mir-Hossein Mousavi, claimed victory, with both candidates telling the press that their sources have them at 58—60% of the total vote. Early reports had claimed a turnout of 32 million votes cast. Mousavi warned the Iranian people of possible vote fraud.
From Twitter: Twitter Search, #IranElection, June 12
From Flickr: Iran Election photostream, June 12
From YouTube: Iran Election, June 12
June 13-14: The Rise of Protests
While the results were known not long after the polls closed, it really wasn’t until June 13th and 14th that the protests picked up steam. This was also the weekend of #CNNFail, where Twitter harshly condemned the news network for not covering the Iran protests enough.
From Wikipedia: 2009 Iranian election protests, June 13
In what was dubbed the worst civil unrest in Iran in over a decade, clashes broke out between police and groups protesting the election results from early Saturday morning onward. Protests were initially mostly peaceful but became increasingly violent. Demonstrators chanted phrases such as “Down with the dictator”, “Death to the dictator”, and “Give us our votes back”. Mousavi urged for calm and asked that his supporters refrain from acts of violence.
From Twitter: Twitter Search, #IranElection, June 13-14
From Flickr: Iran Protests, June 13-14 and Iran Election, June 13-14
From YouTube: Iran Election, June 13 and Iran Election, June 14
June 15-18: A Week of Turmoil
The events on the ground only continued to escalate. Mousavi made his first appearance (after rumors of him being under house arrest flooded the web). Under direction from Iran’s Supreme Ayatollah, Ruhollah Khomeini, the Guardian Council began a partial recount. Even members of the Iranian football (soccer) team wore green armbands during their game with South Korea. Green is the color of the opposition movement.
It was also this week that social media companies really became involved in the crisis. Twitter moved its downtime after a request from the U.S. government and Facebook released a Persian translation to give Iranians Facebook in Farsi.
Warning: from this point on, some of the content is disturbing and can get graphic.
From Wikipedia: 2009 Iranian election protests, June 15 to June 18
Candle-bearing protesters massed in central Tehran on Thursday near Toopkhaneh square, following a call by Mousavi to commemorate those who were killed on Monday’s protests. Varying reports placed the crowd size between “tens of thousands” and “more than 100,000.” A second, simultaneous protest with several hundred participants took place near the UN headquarters, while a counter rally was held by hard line students protesting former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani’s role in the pro-Mousavi protests.
From Twitter: Twitter Search, #IranElection, June 15-16 and June 17-18
From Flickr: Iran Election, June 15-18 and Iran Protests, June 15-18
From YouTube: Iran Election, June 15 to
June 19-21: Violent Escalation and Neda Soltani
Iran took a turn for the worse on the weekend of the 19th, 20th, and 21st. It marks the bloodiest days in the Iran election crisis so far. Social media spread dozens of videos, web tools, and multimedia from within Iran.
The biggest story of the weekend, however, is Neda Soltani, a young Iranian woman who was fatally shot by the Basij and died on camera. This video has become a rallying cry for people worldwide against the violence the Iranian government has inflicted upon protesters.
What you will see below is some of the most disturbing and painful material we’ve ever seen. It’s a reflection of the deteriorating situation in Iran.
From Wikipedia: 2009 Iranian election protests, June 20 and Neda Soltani
State-run television reported that at least 10 were killed and 100 injured on Saturday, as thousands of protesters swept into the streets of Tehran, in open defiance of warnings issued Friday by Iran’s Supreme Leader and Security Council. A young Iranian woman, identified as Neda Soltani, was shot by the Basij and died in front of recording cameras on Kargar Avenue in Tehran. Highly graphic amateur videos of the killing rapidly spread virally across the internet to many websites, including Facebook and YouTube.
From Twitter: Twitter Search, #IranElection, June 19, June 20, June 21
From Flickr: Iran Election, June 19-21 and Iran Protests, June 19-21
From YouTube: Iran Election, June 19 — June 20, and June 21
WARNING: Some of the videos below are graphic, including the video of Neda Soltani. Please watch at your own discretion.