Timeline: Iran’s election
(Compiled from two articles on World News Australia – they site AFP as their source)
**The info regarding Neda was written by myself – (AP articles & Wikipedia is where I read her story)
– More than 46 million eligible voters invited to choose between four candidates, with incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Iran’s last prime minister Mir Hossein Mousavi the favourites. Soon after the voting ended Mousavi announces he has won the election.
Saturday, June 13
– Ahmadinejad calls the result “a great victory” and says the vote was “completely free.” Mousavi complains of “numerous and blatant irregularities.”– Mousavi supporters take to the streets of Tehran, clashing with baton-wielding police in the worst violence since widespread student protests in 1999.
Sunday, June 14
– Ahmadinejad addresses a huge victory rally in Tehran.– Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says he has asked the Guardians Council, which supervises elections, to probe allegations of rigging and calls on Mousavi to pursue any complaints via legal and peaceful means.
– Leading Western nations express concern about the election outcome.
Monday, June 15
– Mousavi appears in public for the first time since the election at a mass rally in Tehran that gathers hundreds of thousands of people.
– Relatives of people arrested in the protests demonstrate outside a Tehran court.
– UN chief Ban Ki-moon calls for the will of the Iranian people to be “fully respected.”
– State television says the rival camps staged more mass rallies in the capital.
– Iran announces restrictions on foreign media, including banning them from covering “unauthorised” rallies.
– Organisers of the pro-regime rally blamed “enemies, particularly the US, Britain, and Israel” for “interfering in Iran’s internal affairs, plotting against the government and giving media support to enemy groups, rioters and social and political hooligans.”
– Ahmadinejad attends an international security conference in Russia, where he says “the age of empires has ended.”
– US President Barack Obama says he has “deep concerns” over the election but will not meddle in Iranian affairs, and the White House says Obama remains “committed to direct engagement” with Iran, despite the violence.
– The foreign ministry summons EU envoys to protest at reaction to the vote.
– Unrest reported in other cities including Mashhad, Isfahan and Shiraz.
– Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says there should be a partial recount if required.
Wednesday, June 17
– Two more prominent supporters of Mousavi are arrested.– Foreign ministry accuses some foreign media of becoming the “mouthpiece of rioters.”– Revolutionary Guards threaten Iran’s online media with legal action if their sites publish material that creates “tension.”
– Tens of thousands of Mousavi supporters defy a ban on opposition gatherings and take part in a “silent” protest rally, marching through central Tehran. State television broadcast brief footage of the rally.
Thursday, June 18
– The three defeated candidates in the election have cited 646 violations in the June 12 poll, electoral watchdog the Guardians Council said.– Iran’s top clerical body, the Assembly of Experts, hailed the mass turnout in the June 12 presidential election but stayed silent on the disputed results.
Friday, June 19
Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei backs Ahmadinejad victory, warns of bloodshed if protests don’t stop.
– Shrine of revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini attacked. Suicide bomber killed, three wounded: state media.
**The death of 26 yr old Neda Agha-Soltan drew international attention when she was shot and killed by the Basij during election protests. This poignant event was captured on video by witnesses and was then broadcast over the internet. The video, wich is heart-wrenching to view, quickly became a rallying point for the reformist movement. Her name, Neda, means Voice, Calling or Divine Message in Persian. This has led to her being referred to as the Voice of Iran. (The Basij is a paramilitary volunteer militia founded by the order of the Ayatollah Khomeini in November 1979. The Basij are subordinate to, and receive their orders from, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and current Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei)
Sunday, June 21
– BBC correspondent ordered to leave Iran.
Monday, June 22
– Britain withdraws families of Tehran embassy staff.
Tuesday, June 2
– Iran and Britain expel diplomats in tit-for-tat move as Khamenei brands Britain “most evil” of Iran’s enemies.
Wednesday, June 24
Defeated conservative candidate Mohsen Rezai withdraws complaint about results.
Authorities arrest 25 staff at Mousavi’s newspaper: colleague.
Riot police and volunteer militia deter protesters from gathering near parliament in Tehran: witnesses
Ways To Help & Support Those in Iran:
- Join Facebook Group: 100 Million Facebook members for Democracy in Iran or Face book Fan Page: IRAN
- “Green” your profile pics/pages and Blogs: Green is the official color of the Iran movement, changing the color of your profile pages, blogs and avatars to gree helps to show your support!
(This may seem trivial, but Iranians have said every bit of support matters and helps them to keep going)
– To change your Avatar on Twitter, go to: http://helpiranelection.com A single click there will change your Twitter avatar to have a green overlay — the official color of the movement — and will post this Tweet on your behalf: ” Show support for #iranelection green overlay to your Twitter avatar with 1-click http://helpiranelection.com/”.
You can always alter your pics before upload by using the photo editor in photobucket as well.
- Google: Your City “Solidarity” “Iran” – This is a good way to find events in your area that are being set up to show support
- Help conceal Iranian activists who are on Twitter from the secret police by changing your location to Tehran, Iran and your timezone to Tehran.
As Wiccans, my Brothers & Sisters at Sacred Mists & I have come up with some ways we can support them in a “Witchy” way 😉 .
- Take a moment each day and stand outside facing the direction of Iran…Focus & stream your Intentions & Energy in that direction for at least 1 minute
- Light a candle on your alter, or even create an alter specifically for the Iran struggle
- If you are a Reiki practitioner, you could send daily Reiki to the Region
- Use your Magickal Creativity and craft spells to help those in need
- If you have others that you gather with, be it your coven, or just some like-minded friends, plan to gather and perform a special ritual.
This is an important time in the World’s History…and is grossly important for those in the thick of the fight. These may all seem like rather simple things to do, but I think they are better than doing nothing at all.
If I find or think of any other things we as a Global Community can do, I’ll be sure to let you all know.
Blessings & Love to you and all who Inhabit the Earth…
Tonight is The Political Pagan’s Monthy Chat at Sacred Mists.
I have been fortunate to be one of the Facilitators on the Political Pagans Board at Sacred Mist, and have been for a couple years now. Once a month we host a chat surrounding a specific topic. Chats were quite lively during the last US Presidential Election! lol
In light of recent events, I’ve decided that this month’s chat will highlight what has happened and is still happening in Iran. I’ll also be sharing a few small ways we can all help & support those struggling for Equality & Democracy.
I’ll be sure to return to the Mist-ery Tour to share those ways with anyone who may wish to reference them.
Well, I’m off for now…I’ve got a presentation to prepare!
Today the world has lost two of it’s Pop Icons.
- Farrah Fawcett, who fought the valiant fight, succumbed to Anal Cancer at the age of 62.
- Michael Jackson, the “King of Pop”, passed suddenly of a cardiac arrest at the young age of 50.
The loss of these talented souls will touch the lives of many. Already, fans of Michael’s are flocked outside the hospital he was taken to. A special expose can be found on almost every network about one or the other. I do not think this is necessarily a bad thing, it is good for us to celebrate the lives and point out the special things that made these poeple so important to so many.
What does bother me, however, is that these two deaths have been allowed (by the mainstream media) to blot out the deaths of at least 19 (according to the AP) people struggling for Equal Rights Democracy in Iran. We cannot forget these people and the countless others that have been injured…and those that are still struggling.
This is a very important time in the World. It is a time of Change, a time of Awakening, a time of Struggle & Unrest.
As much as the deaths of these larger-than-life personalities may stir our emotions, I urge you to listen to the cries of those in Iran. Those who cry for Neda, and the others who have perished, need you to See. They need your support, they need to not be forgotten.
This Saturday Night June 27th (7pm Pacific Time/10pm Eastern Time). The Sacred Mists Merry Mists Inn (chatroom) will be welcoming me, as Facilitator of the Sacred Mists Political Pagans Board. I plan on speaking about the situation in Iran, and hope to inspire those in attendance to do what they can to help Change the World. If you are a member of Sacred Mists…I hope to see you there.