From Atlas Shrugs


In a sign of protest Iranian people are planing to cause a nationwide blackout on Tuesday, July 21st. The following message is circulating on facebook and many Persian blogs.

“In the greatest protest in IRAN on Tuesday, July 21, 2009 Iranian people are requested to turn on high consuming electric devices right at 9:00 pm’s news. It will be more effective if more than one device is used at once.

By participation of at least 3 million families,and high consuming electric devices turned on at the third signal of Islamic republic of Iran’s 9:00 pm News, a shock will be exerted to electric power plants systems thus undoubtedly the whole system will break down.

Although it is predictable that government tries to avoid this electric break down and will try to prevent it by some ways like starting the broadcast of News earlier or later than 9:00 pm at many provinces, but our protest can not be avoided if all people do the instruction right at starting of the news regardless to the shift of the broad cast.”

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“Pacifism is objectively pro-fascist. This is elementary common sense. If you hamper the war effort of one side, you automatically help out that of the other. Nor is there any real way of remaining outside such a war as the present one. In practice, ‘he that is not with me is against me’.” George Orwell
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Before the sermon, hardliners made traditional chants of “death to America”, while opposition supporters countered with “death to Russia”, a reference to the government’s ties to Moscow. (Guardian)
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Mousavi supporters interrupted Rafsanjani’s sermon by chanting “Freedom! Freedom!”, according to al-Jazeera, and there were shouts of “death to the dictator” outside the university.
A usually trustworthy source on Twitter says the security forces were “extremely violent” today. Karoubi was one of those attacked by basij, one update says citing Karoubi’s website. Children were also hit, says another. These reports are impossible to verify at this stage. (Guardian)

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More than 1 million people gathering in the streets, according to a pro-Mousavi website, Ayande. This is impossible to verify.
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Guardian: Another eyewitness report on the protesters via email from Tehran.

It said: “Unlike the usual Friday prayers, there were lots of ‘bad-hijab’ women” [ie those not wearing tightly fitting hijab]. Many had green accessories such as prayer beads, shawls, wristbands and even green nail varnish.”
The eyewitness also told the Guardian: “A girl was harrassed violently by basij militia in Valie Asr Square where she was pushed on the ground and was taken away.”
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