Wednesday, June 17, 2009



"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


"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."


"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"

"Please view these (some are graphic, warning) " "
FAX Univ. of Chicago at 001 773 321 0202. They will post any faxes we receive at

"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: )



Some more twitters have managed to come out of Iran (10 PM Indian Standard Time. Time of origin not clear). These are given below:

Mousavi has asked police ministry to prevent Basijis beating ppl .

Yesterday Basji army attacked Day Hospital (In Vali-asr st, neer Vanak sq.).

Today police telling protestors: we won't beat u, but escape from arab militia. .

Pro-gov get angry of clerics for being silent!

Plz dedicate next episode of Club Life to our brave hearts in Iran!

Sources confirm 2days gathering is at Enghelab sq.

Friends! I have received a lot of proxy servers. Please don't send me proxies now so I can manage and distr. these.

The CANADIAN embassy in Tehran h/b close since Sun morning until further notice!

NO CONF. yet

Karaj open university student reporting they were forced to shout "death to mousavi" those who didn't were beaten.

SUGGESTION: RT: Use cell phones briefly, pull battery & move to diff area. Short comm, pull battery, then move

Obama refuses to 'meddle' in Iran.

Don't know freedom virus, but the link i shared is good. abt the proxies, plz email to

Turn the new version of Opera into an unstoppable grid of proxies for Iran

RT @FreedomVirus Skype software has encrypted messaging & voice commun. and can't be blocked or listened in on.

Asking question about ARMY coming to Tehran or no, plz read half of

Excellent article by Omid Memarian on Iran & US policy:

People in Mashahd have gathered in the shrine of eigth Imam in protest ( 17-6-09)

( The writer is Additional Secretary (retd), Cabinet Secretariat, Govt. of India, New Delhi, and, presently, Director, Institute For Topical Studies, Chennai. E-mail: )



The twitters from Iran have been decreasing in number since 4 PM Indian Standard Time on June 17,2009. Some Twitters sites have been covered with pornographic pictures.

2. The Iranian authorities stepped up their efforts to silence the Twitters after a Twitter appealing to the members of the Iranian soccer team playing in South Korea to wear green wrist bands as a sign of protest was sent across.

3. Some other Twitters monitored before 4 PM disseminated the following messages:

confirmed by MOUSAVI - Thursday march - in memory of those killed - location tbc - sea of green.

Tehran march TODAY 5pm - 7Tir Sq - Meydan 7 Tir - silent - sea of green.


Khamenei has said he will preside over Friday Prayers in Tehran this week - sea of green.

Mousavi supporters to march on Friday to Friday Prayers - Namaz Joame - Tehran - sea of green.

IRIB has been saying that demos r work of anti-gov thugs. IRIB want to turn ppl against Mousavi - hack them pls.

It is now dawn in Tehran - streets are quiet - we must move from here - this was good internet connection but not ours .

Last night thousands stayed in streets between Parkway and Vanak sq until after 2 am.

Unconfirmed - several Generals have been arested.

In Azadi sq the killing was by Baseej ONLY - military did not react -
Baseej militia and Etellaat following orders - they cannot contain country without Army.

Unconfirmed - military has refused orders to shoot protesters.

Kamenei is under pressure and fighting for survival - without ANejad his authority is finished.

Large demo today outside Tehran tv-radio headquarters - Karroubi attended .

Support for Mousavi in Tabriz is v-high - many protests .

Conflicting reports from Rasht of many dead and all night street fighting.

Situation in Ahwaz critical - many many dead in past 48 hrs - hundreds arrested and beaten .

Reliable hospital sources say that at least 8 killed in Azadi sq Monday.

Sheereen Ebadi - Nobel laureat - says Iran election is void.

Militia in streets of Tehran all night trying to scare ppl .

Sannaie & Bayat supporting Moussavi.

Several HR activists inc Ebadi have spoken out against election.

Reliable source - Montazeri has withdrawn support from Khamenei.

From Tuesday our march was big success!! militia are now frightened of us - they know world is watching.

Several arrests today after tracking thru twiter proxys.

Any proxy addss shown on twitter is possible trap - freedom twitters in Iran DO NOT follow - YOUR LOCATION IS VISIBLE.

Any proxy addss twittered is blocked almost immediately.

Sorry for delay - no ISP could be accessed for long time - are now in a different location for very short time with access.

DO NOT RT any other tweeters posts unless u are 100% sure they are GENUINE .

RT all my posts as much as possble to help confuse censors.

Our lives are in real danger now - we are the eyes - they need to stop us.

Pls everyone change your location on tweeter to IRAN inc timezone GMT+3.30 hrs.

For all followers outside Iran pls follow my next tweet - v\important .

You will know them by looking at their past tweets.

I cannot name the reliable sources because we are now the main attention of censors.

Ignore all instructions from new twitters or twitters with no history of accurate posts.

Do NOT follow any instructions on twitter except from the trusted sources -

IMPORTANT to all tweeters in iran - follow my next message carefuully.

Tonight twitter is full of gov usernames. all users IGNORE all posts except from reliable sources .

Reports of street fighting in azadi sq and surrounding st's -pepper gas and fires.

1000's on balconys - Tehran is alive with sound of freedom - marg bar dictator.

Many many arrests in Tehran 2day. hundreds. - now is dark. baseej start to make trouble.

Also DoS IRIB - all hacks IRIB.

DoS vezarat ershad - DoS - pls.

Sorry for not responding to soooo many follower. v\bad internet connection - thank u everybody 4 following.

Confirmed - tomorrow Haft Teer Sq at 4pm pro mousavi\freedom - carry flowers for baseej - no confrontation .

Our scout at Evin reports many many prisoners being brought and high security outside.

If u have functional portal\proxy which has not been twitted - pls do NOT tweet it - will tell u what to do with this later.

Unconfmd major incident at Azadi - shooting - fires - ppl running.

Tonight we will have full info about Ahwaz - contact has arrived in Tehran - v\weak internet today plus diff computr k\board.

Hackers pls target vezarat ershad website - we know they jaming from that proxy.

Unconfmd - Montazeri speaks out rejecting election result.

Call from Niavaran saying plainclothes going door2door now looking for satellite dsh.

ANejad supporters not civilian, but plain clothes, many from out of Teharn.

I estimate more than quarter million for mousavi.

Demo today v\peaceful but it is going to change tonight - too many baseej tody .

Some students have left but need to get off street before night.

We have info that Tehran uni will be attacked tonight - have contact inside - says uni blocked.

Have returned from valli asr to update and request help.

Everybody try to film as much as poss today on mobiles - v\imptnt - these are eyes of world. (17-6-09)

(The writer is Additional Secretary (retd), Cabinet Secretariat, Govt. of India, New Delhi, and, presently, Director, Institute For TopicalStudies, Chennai. E-Mail: )



"US was against Iran gov 30 years & now that they are killing PPL, they r supporting the Iranian gov!what a shame! "

So says a message from Iran.

Another says:" They call homes and a tape says you were in the protests,don't repeat otherwise you will be arrested. Tell people don't afraid."

A third message says: "Moussavi asks people to confront military with flowers not guns - we want peace. "

Yet another asks: "Will this be the Berlin Wall coming down or just another Tianenmen Sq.? I wonder to myself."

Messages in plenty keep coming out of Iran----despite the action taken by the security agencies of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to block access to the outside world through the Internet and telephone to its poitical dissidents, who have mounted a determined campaign against what they describe as the fraudulent re-election of Ahmadinejad.

The Iranian authorities have sought to impose an iron curtain across the country to prevent news of the widespread demonstrations against the allegedly rigged elections from reaching the outside world. They have not been able to.

The dissidents have till now succeeded in keeping touch with each other and with the outside world. The messages sent across are very brief and in telegraphic language.

They give an idea of the anger which has been sweeping across the country. But they do not enable one to quantify the extent and spread of the anger. The demonstrations held in Tehran and outside by the reformists have been impressive. Their tactics recall those adopted by the anti-Shah demonstrators of 1978-79.

The word of mouth calls for demonstrating, which one saw in 1978-79, have been supplemented by mobilisation through the Internet.

There is a difference. The demonstrations of 1978-79 were guided and orchestrated from outside by a group of political and student exiles based in the West. The demonstrations of today are spontaneous.

There is so far no evidence to show any orchestration of the demonstrations by the exiles abroad. Nor is there any evidence to show orchestration by Mir Hossein Mousavi and other defeated candidates, though they have been joining them.

The demonstrators are anxious not to give an opportunity to Ahmadinejad's security agencies to discredit them by projecting them as acting at the behest of foreign agencies and elements.

While keeping the outside world informed, they are taking care not to give the impression of seeking outside support. They want to keep up the spontaneous nature of the demonstrations and to maintain their momentum in order to exercise pressure on the Government for the annulment of the election results and for a fresh election.

Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has evidently been on the defensive. After having initially given the impression of endorsing the legitimacy of the election results, he has now been trying to project a seemingly neutral position. He has asked the supporters of the reformist groups to let the Guardians Council decide on their objections.

The Council has suggested a selective recount in constituencies including some in the home province of Mousavi to check whether there were any mistakes or irregularities. The dissidents are not prepared to accept this. They are sticking to their demand for a fresh poll.

Whether they succeed or not would depend on whether they are able to maintain the momentum, peaceful nature and spontaneity of their demonstrations.

The Government of Ahmadinejad would like nothing better than an outbreak of violence or indications of instigation from outside.

The administration of President Barack Obama has been well-advised to avoid any comments, which could be projected as instigation. Congressional leaders in the US and other Western leaders should emulate this example.

Keep quiet and watch should be their policy for the present. (17-6-09)

(The writer is Additional Secretary (retd), Cabinet Secretariat, Govt. of India, New Delhi, and, presently, Director, Institute For Topical Studies, Chennai. E-Mail: )