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PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2005 6:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Spenta wrote:
The problem is that CNN international is reporting that the turnout was more than expected, a little more than 50%, which is a way of legitimising this sham election.

Looks like the international press or CNN atleast, is going to go with the 'slight majority voted' fraud of the Mullah$!

I am not surprised with the amount of bribes Mullahs are paying to International New Media .
The truth will come out no matter how much they have paid bribes.
It is very hard to keep anything secret in Iran.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2005 6:46 pm    Post subject: Tabrik be mardom Iran Reply with quote

تبریک و تبریک و تبریک

به ملت شریف ایران تبریک میگوییم عدم شرکت مردم ایران در انتخابات نمایشی رژیم جمهوری اسلامی مشت محکمی به دهان ملایان است امروز مردم ایران خیابانها را خالی گذاشتند . رژیم به اجبار می خواهد انتخابات را به مرحله دوم موکول کند
ملت با صدای بلند فریاد می زنند
تحریم انتخابات آغاز یک قیام است

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2005 6:52 pm    Post subject: Photos don't lie...Iran "election" turn out at all Reply with quote

Photos don't lie...Iran "election" turn out at all time disasterous low

Photos don't lie...Iran on "election" day!?

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Election special photo report at Tehran polling stations – Part 1
Fri. 17 Jun 2005
Iran Focus

Tehran, Jun. 17 – Voting stations across the Iranian capital Tehran were by and large empty today despite an appeal by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei for widespread participation in Iran’s presidential elections. Most polling stations had record-low voters and many were empty.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2005 7:29 pm    Post subject: Mullahs ELECTION CAUSES PROTESTS Reply with quote


Source: http://in.news.yahoo.com/050617/137/5z01u.html

Many Iranian expatriates did not vote because real power is held by unelected clerics and not by the president.

"They have all the power so what's the point in voting? Not voting is an act of resistance," said a young Iranian in Paris who gave her name only as Marianne.

Voting was slow in Paris but there were no turnout figures.

In Berlin, only about 300 of the estimated 5,000 Iranian expatriates living in the city had cast their ballots by mid-afternoon, according to an Iranian embassy official.

Across the street from the embassy in a leafy section of west Berlin, about 50 Iranian expatriates held a loud rally against torture and capital punishment in Iran.

Consular officials said they expected only about 2,500 people to vote in Frankfurt, Bonn and Munich although there are about 100,000 Iranians in southern Germany, about a third of whom are eligible to vote.

About 100 monarchists demonstrated opposite the Frankfurt embassy, urging people not to vote and holding banners showing a row of toilets with the main candidates' faces on the seats. A left-wing demonstration was scheduled for later in the day.

In Sweden, home to 80,000 Iranian exiles who are mostly opposed to the Islamic leadership, about 50 protesters blocked the road outside the embassy in Stockholm to try to stop voters getting through.

Iran said it would make arrangements for polling in 33 U.S. cities but exile opposition groups there fear the vote will be fraudulent and called for a boycott to deny the Islamic Republic a popular show of support.

Opposition groups said they expected the boycott would be widely heeded.

Four years ago, opposition groups managed to close down all seven Los Angeles area polling places that were discreetly set up for the 2001 Iranian presidential elections. This time there is confusion about where people can vote.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2005 7:49 pm    Post subject: Demonstrations continue leading to clashes, arrests Reply with quote

Iran elections: Demonstrations continue leading to clashes, arrests

Fri. 17 Jun 2005

Iran Focus


Tehran, Jun. 17 – For the second time in this evening and despite forceful government reaction crowds have gathered in squares across the Iranian capital Tehran, demonstrating against today’s presidential elections and setting on fire a vehicle belonging to Iran’s State Security Forces.

A large crowd is presently at Vali-e Asr Square while a growing crowd have gathered at Monirieh square and are denouncing today’s elections as a “farce”.

Protests against the polls are also taking place in Tehran’s Fatemi Street, Mellat Park and Laleh Park.

Security in the capital is tight at present. At least five people have so far been arrested this evening and many more were injured during clashes with the security forces. An SSF vehicle was also set alight by protesters.

Earlier this afternoon, two large demonstrations simultaneously erupted in Golha (Flowers) Square, southeast Tehran, and Vali-e Asr Square on the intersection of Palestine Street, lasting for some two hours, with protestors urging fellow Iranians to boycott the polls.

Protestors chanted “long live freedom”, “the cry of every Iranian is freedom”, “we reject dictatorship”, “boycott the elections”, and “the regime will be overthrown”.

In Vali-Asr Square groups of demonstrators were chanting “the cry of every Iranian is freedom”, “Maryam [Rajavi] is our leader”, referring to the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, the regime’s principal opposition coalition.

In earlier demonstrations, protesters were seen carrying large photographs of Maryam Rajavi, who had called for a nationwide boycott of the Presidential elections in Iran three months ago.

Iran’s dreaded State Security Forces opened fire on the protesters to disperse the crowd. At one point, the crowd charged back and clashed with the SSF.

Eye-witnesses reported that polling stations in the vicinity of the protests were shut down by authorities.

Internet cafes were also shut down in the capital and other major cities such as Isfahan (central Iran) in an apparent effort to prevent the spread of election news by ordinary Iranians.

A number of students taking part in the demonstration stated that authorities had warned them that if their identity cards did not carry an election stamp, they would not be allowed to take part in university entrance exams.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2005 8:02 pm    Post subject: Reza Pahlavi: "The regime is archaic. The country is on Reply with quote

Reza Pahlavi: "The regime is archaic. The country is on the brink of explosion."
Source: http://raminparham.blogs.com/iranshahr/2005/06/reza_pahlavi_th.html

An interview with Reza Pahlavi, the elder son of the Shah of Iran and of Empress Farah Diba living in exile in the US, by Michel Bole-Richard, from the French daily Le Monde, June 18, 2005, Paris - France. This interview, conducted in French, was translated into English for Iran-Shahr, from the print version of Le Monde.

You have qualified the presidential elections as a "masquerade". Why?

A regime that has a Constitution which denies the sovereignty of the people and where candidates are selected by the regime and the Parliament can not vote into laws its own proposed bills, is not a system representative of the people. This regime interprets divine laws as it pleases and elections are like those held under the Soviet or Saddam's regime. All this is to make the world believe that they enjoy a certain degree of legitimacy. Elections must be boycotted. To vote for this regime is to prolong its survival. Not to turn out will be the demonstration that the people rejects this theocracy. What the people is asking for is a secular Constitution based on the Universal Charter of Human Rights. Reformists couldn't do anything. We have lost ten years. Time has come for change.

What turnout rate would you consider as a victory?

We can expect a turnout of 30%, not more. A boycott by 2/3 of the voters would be a very good sign. But the regime can manipulate the results and put pressure on the citizens by the obligatory electoral stamp on ID cards. Having said that, I don't think that the regime is in a situation where it can threaten our compatriots. Fear and apprehension are increasingly dissipating. It is a collective movement which is increasingly taking root and propagating. Furthermore, it is no longer emanating from an intellectual elite alone. It is increasingly rooted within the people.

Are you calling for a popular uprising?

The free world must put pressure on Iran. It should no longer give in to the nuclear blackmail of a terrorist regime that is seeking to acquire the [atomic] bomb. The outside world should play the card of Iranians themselves, talking, no longer to the jailers, but to those who are jailed. One should no longer fall into the trap of changing seats for the cards are the same even if different ones are put on the table every now and then. What is necessary is a democratic civil disobedience campaign supported by the international community. From now on, the confrontation is inevitable.

Is it going to end up into violence?

Violence is useless. Civil disobedience is a necessary and effective tool to get the job done. The system must be paralyzed and national reconciliation facilitated. A police State can not control a massive uprising. Iranians, in particular the youth, are aware of what is going on in the world. The regime is archaic. The country is on the brink of explosion. But this should not happen in anarchy. What we want is a democratic and peaceful implosion. If the champion of reforms, Mohammad Khatami, couldn't do anything, it is not Ali Akbar Rafsanjani, the most detested and most corrupt individual in the country, who can bring about change. What we have is a paralyzed mafia regime.

Are you in favor of a Restoration of monarchy?

The word Restoration has a negative connotation. Iranians must be able to freely choose their future. My mission will end the day we will get to free elections. From that day, I will be ready to serve my country. I am not preoccupied with my own personal future.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2005 8:19 pm    Post subject: SMCCDI scream against Iranian Traitor Reply with quote

SMCCDI Scream Against LA Iranian Traitor

Iranian-Americans Aryo Pirouznia, far right, and Firouzeh Ghaffarpour, middle, both with the Student Movement Coordination Committee for Democracy in Iran, (SMCCDI) scream against a fellow unidentified Iranian-American citizen, left, after he voted in the Iranian presidential election Friday, June 17, 2005, in the Los Angeles suburb of Commerce. Los Angeles was one of 36 U.S. cities where voting booths were set up for people born in Iran or born to Iranian parents. Protesters urged Iranians to boycott the voting. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)


Know Your Enemies of Iranian Freedom and FREE Society In US Soil
Source : AP - Fri Jun 17, 4:48 PM ET


Mohammed Asgharzadeh, a student volunteer for the Iran election
committee, hangs a 'place for voting' sign on the wall outside the room
where Iranian elections are being held in the U. S., Friday June 17, 2005, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

AP - Fri Jun 17, 4:51 PM ET Amir Asgharzadeh, left, places his vote in the
ballot box as student volunteer Ali Rahimi monitors the voting process for
the Iranian elections, Friday, June 17, 2005, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 18, 2005 5:57 am    Post subject: Iranian expatriates boycott, protest election Reply with quote

Iranian expatriates boycott, protest election


LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - U.S.-based Iranian opposition groups urged expatriates to boycott Iran's presidential election on Friday and flooded hotels hosting secretive voting stations with protest calls.

As extended polls officially closed in Iran, activists in Southern California -- home to the world's largest Iranian expatriate community -- staged demonstrations and went on local Iranian radio and TV stations to denounce the election as a sham.

"This year, more than ever, there is a moral duty and an urgency to protest against clerics' new demagoguery," said an appeal put out by the U.S.-based Student Movement Coordination Committee for Democracy in Iran.

In Europe, Iranians trickled to vote amid apathy, protests and calls for a boycott by exile groups. Doubts about the fairness of the election and its ability to alter anything deterred many from voting and prompted street protests in Germany and Sweden.

Some 3 million Iranians live outside Iran, more than one-third of them in the United States -- some 500,000 in the Los Angeles area alone. Several hundred thousand live in Europe.

Iran, which has no diplomatic relations with the United States, arranged for voting to take place in 33 U.S. cities. But several of the hotel locations were not announced on its official Web site until late on Thursday, making it difficult for the small minority who wanted to cast ballots.

Activists staged small but noisy demonstrations outside two hotels in Los Angeles suburb of Commerce and in Irvine, 25 miles (40 km) south of the city.

"We have had people calling us expressing their concerns about what is going on here," said Noe Cruz, duty manager at the Plaza hotel in Commerce.

In Irvine, Marriott hotel staff reported receiving thousands of protest calls but said several dozen people turned up to cast their ballot.

There were no reports of violence. The Iranian interests section in the Pakistan Embassy in Washington could not be reached for comment.


National Iranian Television, one of more than 20 Iranian TV stations based in Los Angeles, ran a yes/no poll on the Islamic Republic on its Web site. By noon, 5,800 viewers had responded: 96 percent said no and 4 percent said yes.

The Paris-based National Council of Resistance of Iran, which wants to oust Iran's clerical rulers and is listed as a terrorist organization by the U.S. State Department, said that based on supporters' reports, less than 10 percent of eligible voters inside Iran had taken part in the election.

Iman Foroutan, a Los Angeles opposition activist, said that judging by the calls and e-mails received by his group's TV station, the boycott had been widely heeded in Iran. "Everybody is staying at home. The polls have been dead," Foroutan told Reuters.

In Europe, some Iranians were thrilled to be able to vote at all.

"It's a good feeling," Nader Alizadeh, 41, said at the Iranian Embassy in Berlin. "It feels a bit strange to vote for the first time though. I decided to vote this time because I think Iran is at a very important crossroads. I think this election is the start of a hopeful development for Iran."

Nasrin B., 55, decided to vote for the first time in more than 25 years after reading reports that U.S. President George W. Bush had criticized the election as an unfair travesty.

"My main motivation is that Bush shouldn't decide whether Iranians vote or not," she said in Berlin.

Voting was slow in Paris but there were no turnout figures. In Berlin, only about 300 of the estimated 5,000 Iranian expatriates in the city had cast their ballots by midafternoon, according to an Iranian Embassy official.

Across the street from the Berlin embassy, about 50 Iranian expatriates held a rally against torture and capital punishment in Iran, while in Frankfurt about 100 monarchists demonstrated opposite the Iranian mission.

In Sweden, home to 80,000 Iranian exiles, about 50 protesters blocked the road outside the embassy in Stockholm to try to stop voters getting through.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 18, 2005 6:03 am    Post subject: Exiles in L.A. urge boycott on voting Reply with quote

Exiles in L.A. urge boycott on voting

The Associated Press
June 17, 2005


LOS ANGELES - Iranian exiles are campaigning against today's presidential elections in their homeland, urging would-be voters in the Islamic republic and expatriates around the globe to boycott what they call a sham poll.
In Los Angeles, one of 36 U.S. cities where voting was scheduled to take place, half a dozen television and radio stations that for years have criticized the regime are beaming their message into Iran by satellite and Internet.

Reformers say that whether a hard-liner or more moderate candidate wins, the election only legitimizes a system in which religious leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has the final word on every important national issue.

The word also is spread by activists such as Nasrin Mohammadi, 28, a recent immigrant who says her brothers were imprisoned, starved and beaten so severely their feet split open and toenails fell off after their 1999 arrest for leading Iran's student movement.

"I want people to stay home, not only for me, because my family has been destroyed, but so nobody else will have to go what we have gone through," she said, her voice hoarse from repeating her plea.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 18, 2005 6:27 am    Post subject: Boycott hits Iranian election Reply with quote

Boycott hits Iranian election

Sat. 18 Jun 2005

The Scotsman



COUNTING began in Iran's presidential elections last night, with low turnouts at some polling stations suggesting that calls for a boycott by pro-reformers had had some effect.

In the wealthy suburbs of northern Tehran, where opposition to the country's theocracy is strongest, some polling stations closed with only a fraction of their ballot papers used.

Pro-reform candidates had urged voters to cast their ballots regardless, fearing that a mass boycott could give the appearance of an enhanced majority for their conservative rivals.

But simmering anger at the vetoing of candidates by clerics on the country's all-powerful guardian council looked set to bring about a repeat of last year's parliamentary contests, when turnout dwindled to just above 50 per cent.

As the polls closed last night, the clear favourite remained Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani, a 70-year-old cleric and former hardliner who has sold himself as a pragmatic conservative.

Using a combination of "poacher-turned-gamekeeper" tactics, he has built an unlikely powerbase among the nation's youth, who believe that only an insider is now capable of enacting real change.

Over the past decade, more openly reformist politicians have had their modernising programmes stymied by the mullahs.

None of the seven candidates, however, is expected to get the 50 per cent support needed to win outright, meaning the top two will likely meet in a runoff vote within the next two weeks.

Other main contenders are Mostafa Moin, a reform-minded former education minister, and Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, a former policeman and hardline conservative.

Whoever wins will have a tough job. As well as managing the demands of a population increasingly chafing against clerical rule, there are crucial diplomatic issues: in particular Iran's much-condemned nuclear ambitions, and relations with the US-sponsored democracies in neighbouring Iraq and Afghanistan.

In an attempt to undermine the boycott, Iran's unelected ruler, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, called on the nation's 41 million voters to turn out to prove that the country is a working democracy.

But at a polling station in a school in Vasnak, an affluent suburb of northern Tehran, only 150 voters had arrived by mid-afternoon. "We have been given 1,000 ballot papers, so it seems the turn-out has been a lot lower than expected," said Mohsen Jannati, the school's headmaster, who supervised the voting.

"This is because it is not a democratic system and people have stayed at home as a result. I will not be voting myself either, as long as the guardian council filters the candidates that we are allowed to choose."

However, in the southern suburb of Shahreh-Rey, a working-class district composed of miles of high-rise slums, the polls did brisk business.

Voters put in a surprise show of support for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a little-known figure until he was chosen by hardliners as Tehran's mayor last year.

Security forces across Iran were on high alert after a wave of bombings killed eight people in the southern city of Ahvaz, but as of last night all seemed calm. Results are due today.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 18, 2005 11:33 am    Post subject: Bani Sadr: Secret Regime Tracking polls: 27% Turnout! Reply with quote

"Abolhassan Banisadr, the Islamic republic's first (and only) freely elected president. He was deposed in a coup in 1981 and has been a target of assassination by regime hit teams ever since. Banisadr told me that internal tracking polls conducted by the regime, leaked to his supporters, showed that the regime's own interior ministry expected voter turnout to be around 27 percent. Banisadr is calling on his supporters inside Iran to boycott the elections."

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 18, 2005 12:21 pm    Post subject: Ayatollah JOSEPH GOEBBELS is not dead Reply with quote

Read Big Lies & Cheating By Cheater Masters, Torture Masters & Terror Masters

Ayatollah Dr. JOSEPH GOEBBELS Rafsanjani is not dead, he is living in Tehran as Cheater Master With The Support From BBC & CNN and he is working for Torture Masters and Terror Masters


Rafsanjani, Ahmadinejad top Iran election

By Parisa Hafezi
1 hour, 13 minutes ago

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Centrist cleric Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani narrowly clinched top spot on Saturday in Iran's nail-biting presidential election, but now faces a run-off with his closest rival, hard-liner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

An Interior Ministry source said pre-election favorite Rafsanjani had won 20.8 percent of the 28.85 million votes cast, a turnout of 62 percent, while Ahmadinejad got 19.3 percent.

The source, who asked not to be named, said the results did not include ballots cast by Iranians abroad but added that those were not expected to alter the top positions from Friday's vote.

As no one in the seven-strong field secured at least 50 percent of votes cast, Rafsanjani and Ahmadinejad will fight the Islamic republic's first run-off election on Friday, June 24.

Whoever wins, unelected Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei will keep the last word on state affairs and hard-liners will retain key levers of power such as security and the courts.

Rafsanjani is a veteran politician who wants better ties with the West and would be likely to pursue a pragmatic reform program, liberalising the economy and preserving social freedoms without antagonizing the powerful clerical elite.

Ahmadinejad, a staunch ally of the hardline establishment, appeared to have won votes among Iran's pious poor, trading on his credentials as a former instructor with the Basij militia, the zealous enforcers of Islamic revolutionary principles.

In a campaign where others broke taboos by advocating better ties with arch-foe America, Ahmadinejad said this was "not the key to all our problems."


Third-placed reformist cleric Mehdi Karroubi accused state bodies of manipulating the vote in favor of a hardline rival.

"Some centers of power are violating the law and are trying to get more votes for a particular person with the help of the Guardian Council," he told a news conference.

He did not mention his competitor by name, but the official IRNA news agency said he was referring to Ahmadinejad.

The results confirmed the shaky reputation of Iranian opinion polls. Most political pundits were also wrong.

The opinion polls had made Rafsanjani clear favorite, though short of the threshold for a first-round win. But most forecast that reformist Mostafa Moin or hardline ex-police chief Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf would be his closest rivals.

"It has been a completely unpredictable election," Deputy Interior Minister Mahmoud Mirlohi said during the vote count.

Rafsanjani's campaign portrayed him as an experienced leader with the political savvy and clout to resolve Iran's nuclear standoff with the West and repair ties with Washington.

"I have promised people to continue reforms and I am sure I can deliver my promises," he said after voting.

Ayatollah Khamenei congratulated Iranians on the respectable turnout, which he took as a repudiation of U.S. criticisms that the poll was unfair because the unelected Guardian Council had barred many candidates from standing. "With your wise participation in the elections, you have once again announced your strong will to be independent, defend Islamic values and have an Islamic democracy," he said.

Outgoing reformist President Mohammad Khatami described the poll as "totally healthy" and said the result would not derail the changes he initiated because "reforms belong to the people."

The election was the climax to a vibrant campaign that featured Western-style television clips and exuberant street rallies that flouted normally strict Islamic moral codes.

Even conservative candidates adopted the language of reform and ditched open hostility to the West to appeal to Iran's mainly young voters eager for an end to isolation. Half the population is under 25 and anyone over 15 can vote. (Additional reporting by Hossein Jasseb and Amir Paivar)

Dr. Joseph Goebbels Progenitor of Propaganda?

Source: http://goebbels.8k.com/

During World War I, Goebbels was rejected from military service on account of a crippled foot he received from polio as a child. This, and his small stature, made him feel inadequate and inferior. He remedied this with his extreme radicalism after joining the Nazi Party in 1922. This is what made him a fantastic propagandist: his extreme inferiority complex and hatred and cynicism of the world. He projected his emotions passionately and impressed his own rage on the people he rallied.



رفسنجانی و احمدی نژاد به دور دوم انتخابات ریاست جمهوری اسلامی راه یافتند: ایسنا [ ساعت پيش ۳:۱۵ ]
مطابق آخرین برآوردها، در دور دوم انتخابات ریاست جمهوری، اکبر هاشمی رفسنجانی با محمود احمدی نژاد شهردار تهران رقیب خواهد بود. ستاد انتخابات کشور تا یک ربع به چهار بعدازظهر به وقت تهران، رفسنجانی و کروبی را در صدر قرار داده بود، اما به گزارش خبرگزاری مهر، محمود احمدی نژاد در تهران، بیش از 34 درصد آرا را بدست آورده است و پس از او اکبرهاشمی رفسنجانی قرار دارد با 25 درصد آرا. پس از این دو به ترتیب: مصطفی معین ، محمد باقر قالیباف ، مهدی کروبی، علی لاریجانی و محسن مهر علیزاده قرار دارند. به گزارش خبرگزاری مهر تا کنون 28 میلیون رای شمارش شده است. ستاد انتخابات کشور که از بامداد امروز بطور مرتب در فواصل کوتاه نتایج شمارش آرا را اعلام می‌کرد، از ساعت 15 و 45 دقیقه بوقت تهران، سکوت کرده است.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 18, 2005 5:32 pm    Post subject: Canada condemns in advance Iran vote result Reply with quote

Canada condemns in advance Iran vote result

Sat Jun 18, 1:36 PM ET

MONTREAL (AFP) - Canadian foreign minister Pierre Pettigrew condemned ahead of time the result of Iran's presidential election, saying that "true democratic choice has been stifled by a process that gives too much authority to a non-elected system."

Citing some 1,000 candidates that started out in Iran's campaign process, Pettigrew noted that all women who had sought candidacy were "shut out."

The move brought to mind the 2004 elections at the Majlis -- the legislative assembly -- when a third of candidates were rejected, including some lawmakers, he said.

"Canada and the international community have expressed longstanding, very serious concerns about freedom of expression in Iran" and Iran's election process, Pettigrew said.

"Even a relatively clean voting day cannot rescue a flawed process," he said.

Relations between Ottawa and Tehran are at a low ebb following the death of Iranian-Canadian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi, who died in a Tehran hospital in July 2003 due to head injuries received while in detention.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 18, 2005 5:43 pm    Post subject: IRI Takes Another Hostage in the Heart of Canada Reply with quote

IRI Takes Another Hostage in the Heart of Canada
Date: Sat, 18 Jun 2005 13:25:40 -0700

The Embassy of Islamic Republic of Iran Takes Another Hostage in the Heart of Canada


Source: MPG

Protesters in Canada spray paint on Islamic Republic's embassy

Today, a large number of Iranians gathered in front of the Iranian Embassy in Ottawa, Canada to support the boycott of the 9th presidential elections in Iran. Many different opposition groups were present including: the Marze Por Gohar Party, the Communist Party of Iran, Monarchists and the Mojahedin-e Khalq. The protest started at 10am and continued until 4pm. When protesters arrived at the embassy, they were pleasantly surprised to find that someone had covered the embassy doors with red paint as a symbol of the blood of the Islamic Regime’s victims.

The highlight of the event was a hostage taking by Embassy personnel of a well known film maker named Masoud Raouf. After obtaining the required permission from Embassy personnel and the RCMP, he went into the Embassy to take footage of the election for a documentary. Once inside, the Islamic Regime’s agents started to harass him. When Mr. Masoud pleaded to have the RCMP intervene, the IRI agents refused and three of them attacked Mr. Raouf and beat him violently about the nose, genitalia, and other parts of his body. To bring attention to his situation Mr. Raouf smashed and broke an Embassy window. This caused the protesting Iranians to storm the Embassy grounds and make thunderous demands for the release of Mr. Raouf who had then become a hostage. Slogans such as “Free Masoud, Free Masoud” could be heard blocks away and it took forty-five minutes for police to calm the crowd and move them away from the Embassy door.

The protesters resolved to continue their protest until Mr. Raouf was released. After another hour he was finally released and gave a small speech regarding what had taken place inside.

This report was written by Setare Kaviyan of MPG and Ruzbeh Hosseini
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 2005 10:13 am    Post subject: Iran survey: 92 percent of voters to stay away from presiden Reply with quote

Iran survey: 92 percent of voters to stay away from presidential polls

Wednesday, 1st June 2005

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Tehran, Jun. 01 - A nationwide survey conducted by an Iranian opposition group showed widespread voter apathy in Iran's upcoming June 17 presidential elections.

The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI) said in a press release that a survey of 1,730 adults eligible to vote showed that 92 percent of voters intend to boycott the elections. The survey was based on interviews conducted between May 27 and May 30, 2005.

While the PMOI as an opposition group has clear interests in promoting a boycott of the polls, independent observers also believe that this year’s presidential election is a lacklustre event that has failed so far to generate any interest among Iranians.

“It’s hardly a choice to make people motivated,” said Mohamed Rezaie, a Paris-based political scientist. “On the ballot, you have two mullahs, four Revolutionary Guards generals, and two leftovers from Khatami’s cabinet who have no credibility. Add to this the rising discontent, and you see why the boycott appeal has never been as strong as it is today.”

Of the eight percent who said that they would be taking part in the elections, 4.7 percent said that they would be voting for ex-President Ali-Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and 3.0 percent said they favoured hard-line candidate Ali Larijani. Only one person said that he planned to vote for ex-Majlis speaker Mehdi Karroubi.

Eleven of those surveyed said that they planned to throw blank ballots in the boxes. Blank votes made up a significant percentage of the ballots in the last election, as many of the voters simply go to the polling stations to have their ID cards stamped. Anyone whose ID card is not stamped could face a series of consequences, such as being refused public sector jobs.

A total of 1,730 people from a variety of backgrounds and in different sectors of society were surveyed, according to the PMOI statement.

Last month the Guardian Council, Iran's hard-line watchdog loyal to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, banned over 1,000 presidential candidates, including all the women who had registered.

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