Protest Underway As Council Upholds Election
Updated 3:34 p.m.
The National Iranian American Council translated a story from Fars News that quotes the commander of the Basij, the militia that has been clashing with pro-Mousavi protesters, as saying that 85 percent of Iranians trust the election results.
Hussein Taeb, commander of Basij forces, claimed today that "according to recent polls 85% of the people trust the election process and the remaining 15% will be resolved with the Guardian Council's announcement." Taeb did not say how these polls were conducted.
Updated 3:11 p.m.
Tehran Bureau has more reaction to the Guardian Council's validation of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's victory, in this tweet translated from Farsi:
After the 10 o'clock news, when the result of the Guardian Council's vote count was announced, the sound of Allah o Akbar [protesters chanting 'God is Great'] sounded more loudly than ever before. More and more people are joining those chanting, and people sound angrier than ever.
Updated 2:23 p.m.
Gooya News confirms that a human chain of pro-Mousavi protesters is forming on Vali Asr Street in Tehran. According to Gooya, a Web site about Iran run from outside the country, riot police have been deployed to the scene.
Iranian blogger Omid Habibinia reported this on Twitter:
People Shouting Death to Dictator on the Roofs, after GC confirmed the victory of Ahmadinejad ...
Due to the restrictions on foreign media, The Post can't yet confirm these accounts.
Updated 1:44 p.m.
Iran's Guardian Council just confirmed the results of the disputed June 12 presidential election, certifying Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's victory.
Minutes after the news broke, Iranian blogger Madyar posted this to Twitter:
Guardian Council confirmed the election.... NO.. Ahmadinejad is not our president... never
Meanwhile, unconfirmed reports are spreading on Twitter of a human chain of protesters forming in central Tehran.
Iranbaan started posting about the protest a few hours ago:
People had announced that they will form a human chain from Tajrish sq to Railway.... The cellphones are down in Valieasr street and surronding area... Police and plain clothes forces are settled across the Valiasr street to disallow the protesters to make a humanchain... Daneshju Park is full of Basij and special gaurds and militia forces are being organized in the park 4 dealing human chain... Alleis which are leading to Valieasr street are full of armed forces and Basij cyclists
Tehran Bureau, a news site run by an independent Iranian journalist in the United States, tweeted:
On Parkway right now people are beeping their horns, and basij has responded by smashing their windscreens and slashing their tires.
Have you seen any photos or video confirming the protest?
June 29, 2009; 1:44 PM ET
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