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    Unrest in Iran. Mousavi seeks to overturn Iran election res

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    Mousavi seeks to overturn Iran election result
    Sun Jun 14, 2009 12:45pm EDT Email | Print | Share| Reprints | Single Page[-] Text [+]
    * Biden casts doubt on outcome of vote

    * Mousavi formally appeals against election result

    * Tens of thousands join Ahmadinejad victory rally

    * Ahmadinejad calls vote "clean and healthy" (Adds further clash in Tehran, paragraph 13)

    By Parisa Hafezi and Fredrik Dahl

    TEHRAN, June 14 (Reuters) - Defeated candidate Mirhossein Mousavi demanded on Sunday that Iran's presidential election be annulled and urged more protests, while tens of thousands of people hailed the victory of the hardline Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

    Mousavi's supporters again took to the streets after violence on Saturday, clashing with police in protests that have underscored political rifts exposed by Friday's disputed vote.

    In a statement on his website, Mousavi said he had formally asked the Guardian Council, a legislative body, to cancel the election result. "I urge you, Iranian nation, to continue your nationwide protests in a peaceful and legal way," he added.

    The unrest that has rocked Tehran and other cities since results were declared on Saturday is the sharpest expression of discontent against the Islamic Republic's leadership for years.

    The election result has disconcerted Western powers trying to induce the world's fifth biggest oil exporter to curb its nuclear programme. U.S. President Barack Obama had urged Iran's leadership "to unclench its fist" for a new start in ties.

    U.S. Vice President Joe Biden cast doubt on the election result, but said Washington was reserving its position for now.

    "It sure looks like the way they're suppressing speech, the way they're suppressing crowds, the way in which people are being treated, that there's some real doubt," he told NBC's "Meet the Press" when asked if Ahmadinejad had won the vote.

    SEA OF FLAGS

    Ahmadinejad appeared amid a sea of red, white and green Iranian flags waved by partisans thronging Tehran's Vali-e Asr square, some perched on rooftops or cars, to applaud the victory he achieved with a surprising 63 percent of the vote.

    "Some ... say the vote is disrupted, there has been a fraud. Where are the irregularities in the election?" he said in a speech that the crowd punctuated with roars of approval.

    "Some people want democracy only for their own sake. Some want elections, freedom, a sound election. They recognise it only as long as the result favours them," he declared.

    Tarverdi Chegine, a 35-year-old government employee, told Reuters: "We have a very brave president. I love him."

    He said anti-Ahmadinejad protesters were not true Iranians. "They belong to the West. They belong to Bush. We are anti-Bush."

    After the rally, witnesses said Ahmadinejad and Mousavi supporters clashed on a main Tehran street. A Reuters reporter saw fires and broken glass on the street, people throwing stones, and riot police on motorbikes. One policeman was beating people on the pavement with a rubber truncheon

    About 2,000 students at the nearby Tehran University, some with Mousavi posters, others covering their faces with bandanas, chanted anti-government slogans and taunted riot police across the road outside. Some threw stones at police when they chased protesters who had tried to gather outside the university gates.

    Abdul Reza, 26, standing behind the gates and watching as police charged the crowd outside, said: "Mousavi is the real president of Iran. Ahmadinejad did not win the election."

    Ahmadinejad described the election as "clean and healthy", dismissing complaints by defeated candidates as sour grapes.

    "They may be upset by their failure," he told a news conference. "They spent a lot of money to make propaganda (and) expected to win, so it is natural they are disappointed."

    He consigned Iran's nuclear dispute to the past, signalling no nuclear policy change in his second term, and warned that any country that attacked his own would regret it. "Who dares to attack Iran? Who even dares to think about it?" he asked.

    Iran's refusal to halt nuclear work the West suspects is aimed at making bombs, a charge Tehran denies, has sparked talk of possible U.S. or Israeli strikes on its nuclear sites.



    FRENCH CONCERN

    France signalled its concern over what was happening in Iran, which Henri Guaino, a top adviser to President Nicolas Sarkozy, said "is clearly not good news for anyone, neither for the Iranians nor for peace and stability in the world".

    French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said repression of opponents was closing off dialogue. "Brutality and never-ending military development will not bring any solutions," he said.

    Police have detained over 100 reformers, including a brother of former President Mohammad Khatami, a leading reformer said. A police official denied Khatami's brother had been arrested.

    Interior Ministry officials have rejected accusations of election fraud and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's top authority, has called on Iranians to back their president.

    A senior Western diplomat in Tehran said he believed the authorities would soon subdue the street unrest, but said Ahmadinejad's re-election battle had exposed a polarising power struggle between radicals and moderate conservatives which could affect the Islamic Republic's long-term stability.

    "There is turbulence in the whole system," he added.

    A spokesman for Mousavi said his newspaper, Kalameh-ye Sabz, and its website had been shut down. Mobile telephone text services have also been interrupted in Tehran for several days, and the British Broadcasting Corporation said Iran was using "heavy electronic jamming" to interrupt its widely watched BBC Persian television service. (editing by Alistair Lyon and Samia Nakhoul)


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    BBC says election broadcasts disrupted from Iran

    Someone on Twitter said, "NBC offices in Tehran raided, cameras and Equipment confiscated".

    BBC says election broadcasts disrupted from Iran
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    LONDON (AFP) — The BBC said Sunday that the satellites it uses to broadcast in Persian were being jammed from Iran, disrupting its reports on the hotly-disputed presidential election.

    The corporation said television and radio services had been affected from 1245 GMT Friday onwards by "heavy electronic jamming" which had become "progressively worse".

    Satellite technicians had traced the interference to Iran, it said.

    The satellites its uses in the Middle East to broadcast BBC Persian television to Iran were being affected, meaning that audiences in Iran, the Middle East and Europe would likely experience disruption.

    BBC Arabic television and other language services had also experienced transmission problems, the corporation said.

    "Any attempt to block BBC Persian television is wrong and against international treaties on satellite communication. Whoever is attempting the blocking should stop it now," said BBC World Service director Peter Horrocks.

    "It seems to be part of a pattern of behaviour by the Iranian authorities to limit the reporting of the aftermath of the disputed election.

    "In Tehran, (BBC world affairs editor) John Simpson and his cameraman were briefly arrested after they had filmed material for a piece," he added.

    Iranian authorities on Sunday shut down the office of Arab news channel Al-Arabiya in Tehran for a week in the wake of the disputed election win by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the channel said.

    BBC Persian, launched in 1940, is one of the corporation's oldest non-English language services.

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    He said anti-Ahmadinejad protesters were not true Iranians. "They belong to the West. They belong to Bush. We are anti-Bush."
    Bush has been out of office 6 months now. Why is this even mentioned or relevent???

    This election was rigged, rigged, rigged!!!!!!! It's so obvious a five year old can see it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SicNTiredInSoCal

    This election was rigged, rigged, rigged!!!!!!! It's so obvious a five year old can see it.
    You know I think the same thing about our last presidential primaries.
    Seriously, I do.
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