Twitter is all Agog today as Iranian democracy activists are planning a massive strike for tonight (tomorrow morning in Iran). This is significant in that it was the strikes that brought iran’s economy to a standstill and ushered in the era of the Mullahs. For all it’s sophistication as a society, Iran is still primarily a one-product economy (petroleum), and has to import many basic necessities, such as food and gasoline. (Iran lacks any refining capability; and Amindinejad was famously embarrased at an election rallly giving away oranges imported from . . . Israel. A-HEM!)
Meanwhile, the insanity goes on as the Iranina Mullah regime continues to disintegrate as all these totalitarian regimes must eventually. The Mullahs are charging the families of those killed $3000 for “bullet fees,” whether they were protesting or not:
Minutes before, an ambulance had arrived from Tehran’s morgue carrying the body of their only son, 19-year-old Kaveh Alipour. On Saturday, amid the most violent clashes between security forces and protesters, Mr. Alipour was shot in the head as he stood at an intersection in downtown Tehran. He was returning from acting class and a week shy of becoming a groom, his family said.
Upon learning of his son’s death, the elder Mr. Alipour was told the family had to pay an equivalent of $3,000 as a “bullet fee”—a fee for the bullet used by security forces—before taking the body back, relatives said.
Mr. Alipour told officials that his entire possessions wouldn’t amount to $3,000, arguing they should waive the fee because he is a veteran of the Iran-Iraq war. According to relatives, morgue officials finally agreed, but demanded that the family do no funeral or burial in Tehran. Kaveh Alipour’s body was quietly transported to the city of Rasht, where there is family.
Yup — that’s sure going to win over the hearts and minds of the people right there. Yup — that’ll do it.
The Washington post notes a new and terrifying (to the mullahs) force is exerting itself in the demonstrations, as women are taking an active part in the unrest:
When they first appeared, the photographs of the 2005 Tehran University women’s rights protests were a powerful reminder of the true potential of Iranian women. The images were uplifting; they featured women of many ages; and they went on circulating long after the protests themselves died down. Now they have been replaced by a far more brutal and already infamous set of images: The photographs and video taken this past weekend of a young Iranian woman, allegedly shot by a government sniper, dying on the streets of Tehran.
And these women are pissed off by years of oppression, brutality, and dehumanizing treatment at the hands of the theocracy.
And, in a classic example of slamming shut the pressure cooker when the pressure’s ‘way too high; the mullahs have decided that even though there was acknowledged voter fraud in a minimum of fifty cities, they’re going to stick with the election results as-is:
DUBAI — Iran’s top election review board ruled out an annulment of June 12 election results, a day after it admitted that voter irregularities may have affected some three million votes.
The statement by the Guardian Council, which is required to certify the elections, is the latest in a series of moves by the Islamic Republic to try to put the elections and its violent aftermath behind it. Last Friday, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei essentially said debate over the results had ended, and in a sermon he ordered a halt to protests by opposition supporters.
Counting down to revolution in five, four, three . . .