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    Iran's Revolutionary Guards Warn of Crackdown as Opposition Plans New Rally

    TEHRAN, Iran — Iran's most powerful military force warned online media on Wednesday of a crackdown over their coverage of the country's election crisis as the opposition movement called for a new public rally in Tehran.

    The Revolutionary Guards, an elite body answering to the supreme leader, says Iranian Web sites and bloggers must remove any materials that "create tension" or face legal action.

    It is the Guards' first public statement since the crisis erupted following the presidential election last Friday.
    Iran's Revolutionary Guards Warn of Crackdown as Opposition Plans New Rally - Iran | Map | News - FOXNews.com

    (Headline is misleading but that is what it was.)


    The initial warning that the Ayatollah's patience is running out.
    I expect they will declare a curfew sometime in the next few days.
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    Re: Iran's Revolutionary Guards Warn of Crackdown as Opposition Plans New Rally

    Quote Originally Posted by Triad View Post
    Iran's Revolutionary Guards Warn of Crackdown as Opposition Plans New Rally - Iran | Map | News - FOXNews.com

    (Headline is misleading but that is what it was.)


    The initial warning that the Ayatollah's patience is running out.
    I expect they will declare a curfew sometime in the next few days.
    This is completely futile by the government as outside resources are being used in most cases to display the material for the world to see.

    The best the government can do is block sites, but it isn't going to stop others from getting the information out to the world.

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    Re: Iran's Revolutionary Guards Warn of Crackdown as Opposition Plans New Rally

    50% of Iran's population is under age 25.

    Think about that, for a moment.

    Beyond that, Iran has the third highest population of bloggers -- in the WORLD.

    Iran's population is overwhelmingly young, internet connected, and technologically adept. They are currently running circles around the older generations' attempts to keep them confined online.

    These are young people, like Perham, that have been avoiding these restrictions for a decade or more, successfully, without being caught.

    The Iranian restrictions are not a wall...they're a collander, with lots of little holes for information to flow out from.

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    Re: Iran's Revolutionary Guards Warn of Crackdown as Opposition Plans New Rally

    Meh they can't stop all of the proxies. If you have internet you'll be able to get stuff out. I doubt Iran is any better at blocking websites than your local public school.

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    Re: Iran's Revolutionary Guards Warn of Crackdown as Opposition Plans New Rally

    What has been reported in Isfahan could offer a hint of what may lie ahead. The New York Times reported:

    At one point, a white S.U.V. with a red ambulance-style light raced up behind a knot of protesters and smashed into them, running one over before racing a few blocks to the protection of the riot police.

    Bands of Basiji, the authorized plainclothes vigilantes riding motorbikes and wielding long truncheons, were let loose by the hundreds to sow fear far afield from the actual unrest. Many wore the green headbands of the opposition — possibly to camouflage, or to confuse.


    The regime is brutal. Harsh repression is a distinct possibility in a bid to assure that Mr. Ahamdinejad maintains the presidency even if Iran's people opposed his re-election.

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    Re: Iran's Revolutionary Guards Warn of Crackdown as Opposition Plans New Rally

    I do not think 50% of Iran's population (I am assuming the majority of the protesters are under 25) will go quietly into the Night.
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    Re: Iran's Revolutionary Guards Warn of Crackdown as Opposition Plans New Rally

    Quote Originally Posted by donsutherland1 View Post
    The regime is brutal. Harsh repression is a distinct possibility in a bid to assure that Mr. Ahamdinejad maintains the presidency even if Iran's people opposed his re-election.
    And yet...hope.

    1984 – tehranbureau

    My generation is tired of being disillusioned. We refuse to accept the status quo and we have risen up in defiance. I am not sure how long it will take for the totalitarians to crush our resistance. For now though, we’re holding up just fine. We’re holding up fine even though our brothers at Basij and the police are murdering their dear fellow Iranians. We’re holding up even though you bash us with clubs and batons and try to suffocate us with your tear gas.

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    Re: Iran's Revolutionary Guards Warn of Crackdown as Opposition Plans New Rally

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    And yet...hope.

    1984 – tehranbureau
    Not without weapons (good ones like stingers and javelins) and I don't like Mousavi anymore than I like Ahmadinejad neither of them support or will even criticize the closed circle of theocratic power so I don't even know if I trust his supporters enough for the U.S. to give them these weapons to fight.

    The only way there will be real change in Iran is when the closed circle of power is opened up and real elections can take place with real candidates.
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    Re: Iran's Revolutionary Guards Warn of Crackdown as Opposition Plans New Rally

    Quote Originally Posted by Agent Ferris View Post
    Not without weapons (good ones like stingers and javelins) and I don't like Mousavi anymore than I like Ahmadinejad neither of them support or will even criticize the closed circle of theocratic power so I don't even know if I trust his supporters enough for the U.S. to give them these weapons to fight.

    The only way there will be real change in Iran is when the closed circle of power is opened up and real elections can take place with real candidates.
    I don't underestimate the power of a few million protesters, but you are right. At some point I think they are going to need an infusion of weaponry to facilitate true change in their government. If it starts to look like the protesters are actually going to make an effort at removing the mullahs and their puppets then I fear the slaughter will be widespread and indiscriminate. Not just military units gunning down crowds, but political assassinations and violent purges of government officials deemed at risk. Martial law enforced by penalty of death.
    *insert profound statement here*

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    Re: Iran's Revolutionary Guards Warn of Crackdown as Opposition Plans New Rally

    At some point Iran must face the dilemma they have created, allowing a modern, high tech nation to be governed by mullahs. No ayatollah is competent to make wise secular decisions, and no nation can serve its people governing only from the Koran. There is a reason for the separation of church and state, but Muslim countries have yet to discover it.

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