Jun 8, 2009
Presidential election and urban tension
The streets of Tehran (and seemingly other big cities of Iran) are these days the scene for enormous presence of people supporting their presidential candidates. Every evening after each TV discussion between the candidates, many people (mainly supporters of reform) gather outside to express their choice for change and to release their suppressed emotions of past years.
These unorganized demonstrations reached a high point last night, when Moosavi launched his frontal attack on Ahmadinejad, calling him a liar and marking his policy destructive. Moosavi also undermined Ahmadinejad’s statistics about economical recovery, by showing how manipulative and faked they were.
But today Tehran witnessed the pay back of Ahmadinejad’s gang. Lots of busses and pickup cars seemingly from other cities around Tehran, brought a big crowd to the streets of capital, in order to repress the Green Wave (symbol of Moosavi’s campaign, which is also supported by ex-president Khatami).
There are rumors that lots of these imported crowed have been paid to demonstrate in favor of Ahmadinejad and to call slogans against Moosavi. Almost every one in Tehran was surprised by such a contra-rally, and many were troubled by the big traffic jams caused by the caravan of demonstrating vehicles.
The Iranian state television had so far no report about ongoing demonstrations, also the local TV of Tehran paid no attention to it. Even the satellite TV’s like BBC Persian are weak in giving a speedy coverage of ongoing situation in the streets. They might say “we have no office in Tehran”, but BBC world and many other news broadcasters like CNN have such an office. Maybe their reporters are too conservative to give a proper image of increasing tension.
By the way, the fear exist that the accidental confrontations between supporters of different camps may lead to clashes and unrest, especially after provocations of today.