Turmoil in Iran as Supporters of Reform Candidate Mousavi Protest Election Results

MSNBC reports that hundreds of thousands of people spilled into the streets of Tehran today in disbelief, protesting election results which showed President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had won a landslide victory over his opponent, the reformist Mir Hossein Mousavi. 

Many Iranians believe there was massive fraud in the election, which took place on Saturday.   Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei today directed a body called the Guardian Council to examine these allegations.   

Nonetheless, a government crackdown on the protestors is reported to have begun, with arrests of pro-reform activists and efforts to block websites associated with the Mousavi campaign.  Events have also turned violent, as at least one protestor was killed today and others are said to have been wounded, probably victims of pro-government militia. 

If you’d like to learn more about Iran, Greensboro Public Library has some recent titles which may be of interest, such as:  Honeymoon in Tehran:  Two Years of Love and Danger in Iran by Azadeh Moaveni; Guardians of the Revolution:  Iran and the World in the Age of the Ayatollahs by Ray Takeyh (on order); Khomeini’s Ghost:  The Iranian Revolution and the Rise of Militant Islam by Con Coughlin; The Life and Times of the Shah by Gholam Reza Afkhami; In the House of My Bibi:  Growing Up in Revolutionary Iran by Nastaran Kherad; Shadi Ghadirian: Iranian Photographer, edited by Rose Issa; Things I’ve Been Silent About:  Memories by Azar Nafisi; Iran by Leon Gray (juvenile); The Iranian Revolution by Brendan January; The Ayatollah Begs to Differ:  The Paradox of Modern Iran by Hooman Majd; The Secret War with Iran:  The 30-year Clandestine Struggle Against the World’s Most Dangerous Terrorist Power by Ronen Bergman; A History of Iran:  Empire of the Mind by Michael Axworthy; and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad:  President of Iran by Matthew Broyles (juvenile).

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