Friday, June 19, 2009

Peace and Love: Ayatollah Khameni, Aung San Suu Kyi, Akehurst

Amnesty International is hosting a petition calling on the Islamic Republic of Iran to:

Call on the Iranian authorities to exercise restraint in dealing with the protestors and to ensure that those arrested are not tortured or otherwise mistreated.

They give this introduction:

The people - mainly supporters of presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi - have been demonstrating, in the streets in Tehran and other cities. Dozens have been arrested, and six people are believed to have been killed.
Amnesty International believes the security forces are likely to use excessive force if, as expected, there are further demonstrations. Those arrested are at risk of torture or other ill-treatment.
It is believed that the authorities are unlawfully restricting freedom of expression and information by blocking access to phone services (including SMS messages), foreign media and various internet sites.

BBC News Channel are running an extended address from the Ayatollah Khamenei. Seen above in combat fatigues during the Iran-Iraq War. This Friday prayers address has mostly been very measured and sensible. He has been pointing out that ALL the candidates and their supporters are supporters of the Revolution and the IRI. Just lost it very briefly with reference to the world MSM being owned or in the pocket of zionists. Hence portraying the election dispute as something it is not. But basically measured and sensible. I don't expect that to last.

MEANWHILE: Have changed my Twitter avatar to mark the 64th birthday of Aung San Suu Kyi.

And also meanwhile the Prophet Akehurst PBUH reminds us of Tories in power, takes hope from recent polls showing Labour up 5 to 7%, and links to a download for election statistics.

STOP PRESS 10:33: Khamenei is denying any electoral malfeasance. This in the face of the most incredible anomalies and the most indecent haste.

He is insisting proof be proffered with any further accusations. And that protests stop. He called UK government "most evil" (or "most treacherous") apparently. I missed that. He deflects blame for deaths away from the state to the protesters and opposition.

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