"If Iran sleeps tonight, it will sleep for ever."
"Obama is a single choice US President. His only choice is not to make any choice."
"Putin and Hu do not know what is going on in Iran. They were among the first to congratulate Ahmadinejad."
------------------ From Iranian twitters.
Iranian protesters against the alleged rigging of the Presidential elections held on June 12,2009, in which President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was announced to have been re-elected with a big majority are repeatedly calling upon the reformists and other opponents of theGovernment to join a huge procession to be held on June 18,2009, at Tehran in memory of eight Iranian protesters killed by the security forces when they allegedly opened fire on a procession protesting against the election results on June 15. They have appealed to theparticipants to wear a green armband. According to their information, the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is planning to address a Friday congregation in Tehran on June 19,2009. They have appealed to all those planning to attend the congregation to wear a green armband. They have called for Iran to be turned into a sea of green on June 18 and 19.
2. Twitters continue to flow in from Iran beating the efforts of the Iranian security agencies to stop them. Some more twitters received up to 10 AM Indian Standard Time on June 18 are given below. Their time of origin is not known.
"Plz ignore @FreeMediaNews - the person is spreading disinfo!"
"Help FIGHT propaganda re rebels confined to Tehran, VAST rally centre of Isfahan TODAY , pass it on."
"Many many arrests in tehran 2day. hundreds. - now is dark baseej start to make trouble. "
"Help hide Iranian protesters: change your Twitter location to Tehran, time to +3:30 GMT. Please RT."
"CNN has set up a special Iran desk to monitor social networking sites, esp now that we're barred from reporting on streets of Tehran."
"RT from Iran : Yesterdays shooting outside Basiji HQ Tehran http://is.gd/13PXT
"HELP COVER THE IRANIAN BLOGGERS: CHANGE YOUR TWITTER SETTINGS SO THAT YOUR LOCATION IS TEHRAN AND YOUR TIME ZONE..http://tinyurl.com/ls8zo7
"CNN & BBC, We have NUMEROUS eye witness accounts that the Basij militia are ransacking the city of Tehran, where are you?"
"Our lives are in real danger now - we are the eyes - they need to stop us."
"Iran supreme leader under pressure ( Al Jazeera English ).
"Do NOT follow any instructions on twitter except from the trusted sources."
"Plain Clothed Basij entered people's houses broke stuff to blame freedom lovers."
"IF IRAN SLEEPS TONIGHT, IT WILL SLEEP FOR EVER"
"Tear Down This Cyberwall!" Tweets vs. Bullets"
"Men in civilian clothes attacked Day hospital in Tehran."
"Reliable Source: Families of those murdered by Basij militia are under pressure and being prevented from contacting media."
"Please disseminate this fax number as widely as possible: 001 773 321 0202. We will post any faxes we receive at iranfax.org."
"Please view these (some are graphic, warning) http://is.gd/14YjJ " "
FAX Univ. of Chicago at 001 773 321 0202. They will post any faxes we receive at iranfax.org.
"Twitter is the only open news source working in Iran right now.Twiitter maintenance shut down was postponed due to huge out cry from twitter users.Main Stream Media (State Media) has been forced and dragged kicking and screaming by twitter users to cover events in Iran .Twitter is being monitored by Iranian Secret police be careful about giving twitter addresses on RT(retweets) or any pro democracy information too specific with your tweets"
"Listen to Grandmaster Shajarian's Persian song "Iran, the Land of Hope" ."
"DON'T join Google Group "mowje-sabz". Smells like a honey-pot run by AN supporters. Spread."
" A place to gather info about the militia how's killing our brothers & sisters! http://lebasshakhsi.blogspot.
" Iran ban families of killed.Protesters R under gov. control & not allowed 2 talk2 any media."
"200 rights activists said to be arrested ."
"Mousavi is telling what 2do. "
"Ayyatollah Amjad: "I believe in Mousavi honesty".
"Fear has gone in a land that has tasted freedom."----Robert Fisk.
"Some are going to gather in front of UN office in Tehran 2morrow 2p before g/t Toop-khoone 4p ."
" Montazeri warns it is against Islam to follow orders to hurt demonstrators."
"Religion is a main part of ppl's life in Iran, but i hope clerics don't interfere in politics this much! "
"CNN Atlanta h/ just ann/ Khatami h/joined Mousavi in req/ for all jailed protesters to be released immed." ( 18-6-2009)
( The writer is Additional Secretary (retd), Cabinet Secretariat, Govt. of India, New Delhi, and, presently Director, Institute For TopicalStudies, Chennai. E-mail: email@example.com )