On the episode of DWATG recorded last night, I said that it was too bad that Iran couldn’t have a Velvet or Orange Revolution to go toward a more open, democratic system. Of course, that’s just not in the cards right now.
Mir Hossein Mousavi’s supporters have rioted for 3 days and counting over the disputed results of the Iranian election. The government’s reaction has been to surpress communication technology, such as Facebook, Twitter and text messaging. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad dismissed the anger as being akin to soccer fans.
Mousavi wrote an appeal to the Guardian Council regarding potential voter fraud. (For simplified info on the Iranian governmental hierarchy, go here.) Mousavi and his supporters were denied permission for a protest rally. It all seemed fairly settled that Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei’s wishes were to keep Ahmadinejad in power.
Then, today, it was announced on Iranian state television that there would be a vote fraud probe.
This turnaround is quite interesting. Even if it is simply meant to appease the angered masses of youth Mousavi supporters (who were scheduling a rally or sit-in), it is interesting that they think such a thing needs to be done.
A developing story, to say the least.