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I’ve been out of the loop for a couple of days on conference and have not had time or access to post about the shocking events in Iran over the weekend.  The elections in Iran were allegedly rigged and while Iranians voted to replace their current President Mahmood Ahmadinejad, he has fraudulently won a further term.  Communications have been shut down in Iran and mobile phones and internet are apparently not working and BBC reported that their broadcasts had been halted by radio jamming.

From the whereismyvote.org website:

Iranians around the world have voted in the presidential election of 12 June 2009 and stand in solidarity with the people in Iran and their true vote.

We in the Iranian Diaspora reject the 'official' results put forth by the current Ministry of Interior and demand that this election be canceled and held again.
We ask the governments as well as the mainstream news outlets around the world to refrain from recognizing the 'official' results of this fraudulent election and stand with the Iranian people in demanding their true votes. Iranians have been protesting the 'official' results with massive demonstrations in major cities throughout the country which are being violently cracked down by the riot police. Various forms of communication are being restricted including mobile phones, satellite TV, internet, news websites, which have been an important means of communication in the current situation. We ask that the voice of Iranians living everywhere around the world is heard loud and clear.

WE CONDEMN THIS FRAUDULENT ELECTION AND DEMAND THAT A NEW ELECTION IS HELD WITH TRANSPARENCY AND ACCURACY.


This is an “open letter to the world” by the group Iranian Artists in Exile.  Its purpose is to draw attention to what is going on in Iran and to point out that the Iranian people do not support this.  You can visit their Facebook page by clicking on their name above.

I've found the following useful links in keeping up to date with the situation in Iran:

Nico Pitney from Huffington Post is live blogging with video.

Twitter and tumblr for whereismyvote.org (I think the tumblr is there’s.  It wasn’t clear).

About Mandy Southgate

Mandy Southgate is an accountant living and working in London. She is passionate about world events such as genocide and apartheid and has a desire to understand how these events continue to occur in the modern world. With a focus on the 20th and 21st centuries, A Passion to Understand reflects her continuing research and reading on these topics.
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