Monday, June 15, 2009

Singaporeans are urged to Watch Iranian Post Election Struggle

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3 Iranian presidential candidates and supporters had claimed Massive Election Frauds and defy clampdown in continued protests. Iranians of the current generation had probably not done this before. Their fathers probably had taken part in Anti-American protest and taking of US Embassy during the Jimmy Carter era. They are struggling against authoritarian / totalitarian regime alike the famiLEE LEEgime although they are of different background.

Without taking support on either side, this is still a struggle that offers experience and lessons to people of the world, especially Asians to watch and learn. In the scenario of Iran, election irregularities can be expected, as the infrastructure of government & election commission are closely coupled with the presidential incumbent the biasness can come either voluntary or unintentionally, just like in any long ruling regime the independence of civil servants and bodies of enforcements are expected to be skewed towards the incumbent ruler.

It is a valuable learning opportunity for Singaporeans, hence I urge Singaporeans to watch closely on the developments in Iran.

Huge pro-reform rally defies crackdown threats

TEHRAN, Iran – More than 100,000 opponents of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad have defied an Interior Ministry ban and were streaming into central Tehran to cheer their pro-reform leader in his first public appearance since disputed elections he claims were marred by fraud. Security forces are watching quietly, with shields and batons at their sides.

Monday's outpouring for reformist leader Mir Hossein Mousavi — swelling as more poured from buildings and side streets wearing the trademark green of his campaign — followed a decision by Iran's most powerful figure for an investigation into the vote rigging allegations.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Tens of thousands of supporters of pro-reform leader Mir Hossein Mousavi are streaming through the center of Tehran in a boisterous protest against election results that declared President Mamoud Ahmadinejad the winner.

The crowd — many wearing the trademark green color of Mousavi's campaign — was headed toward the capital's huge Freedom Square in the largest display of opposition unity since Friday's elections ended with Mousavi claiming widespread fraud.

There was no sign of violence or challenges from security forces. Anti-riot stood by with their helmets off and shields at their sides. '

The march Monday came hours of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, ordering an examination into Mousavi's claims of vote rigging. But it was unclear how the investigation will proceed.

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