Iran’s election results disputed and more protests planned

Iran's Elections Disputed

Tehran, Iran- Iranians planned more protests on Tuesday against a presidential election they say was rigged as incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was declared a winner by a landslide vote over reformist challenger Mir Hossein Mousavi.

The Iranian capital has already seen three days of  some of the biggest and most violent anti-government protests since the 1979 Islamic revolution after the hardline Ahmadinejad was declared winner of last Friday’s vote.  Further protests, especially if they are maintained on the same scale, would be a direct challenge to authorities who have kept a tight grip on dissent since the overthrow of the U.S.-backed shah after months of demonstrations 30 years ago.

U.S. President Barack Obama said on Monday he was “deeply troubled” by the violence in Iran.”The democratic process, free speech, the ability of people to peacefully dissent — all those are universal values and need to be respected,” he said.

Demonstrators filled a broad avenue in central Tehran for several km (miles) on Monday, chanting “We fight, we die, we will not accept this vote rigging,” in support of Mirhossein Mousavi, the defeated moderate candidate.

Mousavi said he was “ready to pay any price” in his fight against election irregularities, his Web site quoted him as saying, indicating a determination to keep up the pressure for the election result to be annulled.

Some formed a human chain in front of a building of the Basij Islamic militia but others broke through and paramilitaries opened fire on the crowds, sending thousands fleeing in havoc.

One man was killed and many wounded, said an Iranian photographer who witnessed the shooting.

This may be a turning point for the nation of Iran and one hopes that the situation improves and that the leaders of Iran realize the will of the popular vote and re-examine the election results as rigging the election will not give any legimitacy to Ahmadinejad’s government.

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