Iranian Diaspora abroad have been holding protest demonstrations with banners reading “Where are our votes?” News websites including BBC and CNN and social networks such as Facebook have been blocked in Iran following the violent protest demonstrations in the streets of Tehran depicting the public anger against the fabricated election results of the Islamic Republic. Interesting to mention, Aljazeera is not blocked there. One would be surprised to read its biased coverage of the Iranian elections. On its website, they haven’t any news of violence in Tehran.
Text messaging and other communication means are all blocked. It was pity to see all those terrible photos from Tehran showing police beating up the young protesters drenched in blood, many of whom had voted for the first time in a hope for “change”. Many of whom now say, “our votes have been disregarded, we will never cast again!”
The trauma is still prevailing in Iran with the post-election protests. Reformist “former candidates” have demanded of the Council of Experts, an unelected body that supervises elections, to dismiss the fabricated results of the election and retain public trust with a new election. Mir Hussain Mossavi, the main rival of Ahmedinejad, requested his supporters to continue non-violent protest demonstrations against the results. The second strongest rival, Mr. Mehdi Karrobi has said he does not recognize Ahmedinejad as President.
According to the official results by Interior Ministry in Tehran, Of 39,165,191 votes counted (85 percent), Ahmedinejad won the election with 24,527,516 (62.63 percent). Mir Hussain Mossavi is with 13,216,411 votes (33.75 percent). Polling hours were extended till late night due to huge turnout. As polls were closed, Ahmedinejad was declared winner with 62 percent victory. It rises the questions. How could they announce it so quickly? Did they count all the ballots, from far-flung rural parts of the country that take an an entire day to be counted? Based on these facts, the supporters of Ahmedinejad’s rivals accuse the Government for fraud in the election results. They say as many as 17 million votes are missing. Some campaigners of Mr. Mossavi has said results of many ballots were announced even without opening them up after the polls were closed.
The day after election night, Tehran streets depicted a battleground between protesters and police torture. Seeing the large young population of Iran taking keen interest in the 10th Presidential Election of the Islamic Republic, foreign media used to predict a change of Administration in Tehran. For the first time, Iranians were participating in a large number with enthusiasm, but the predictions went wrong when the fabricated results were announced.
The rift in post-election scenario in Iran will continue for some days, or weeks and everything will get calm down. Will of the Iranians were ruined long ago before the so-called elections since Ahmedinejad was favorite candidate of the decision-maker, the Supreme Leader of Iran, Mr. Khamenai—the unelected cleric that has final say on everything in Iran. Whoever the President maybe, Supreme Leader is the final decision-maker in state-affairs of Iran. Khamenai’s support for Ahmedinejad was visible long ago, but Iranians didn’t expect he will ruin their will so blatantly. Soon after Ahmedinejad’s victory was announced on the election night, the Supreme Leader greeted the “reelection” asking people to accept the results. According to the fake regulations of election process, Khamenai had to wait for three days to hear complaints before approving the final results, but he rushed in declaring Ahmedinejad’s victory. Iranians know well that election fraud had the blessings of the Supreme Leader. The theocratic regime has been trying to legitimize its rule by fake parliamentary and presidential elections but the real power remains with the unelected Supreme Leader. Khamenai supported Ahmedinejad to lead Iran with the confrontational-policy with the world. Reformists had promised to change it, but Khamenai didn’t want this.
The theocratic regime after the 1979 Islamic Revolution have been trying to legitimize the dictatorial system with so-called democratic drama, but the 10th Elections exposed it to Iranians that they would never be able to bring change within the theocratic dictatorship. They need a revolution to over throw the entire political set up and cleric-regime.
The cautious international reaction to the Iranian election drama is surprising. President Obama in his Cairo speech had said America won’t impose or chose any system of Government for any country, but will support democracy with the same spirit.