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IRAN : THE WEEK IN IMAGES N°95
13.12.2009

The last week’s main event was the celebration on the 7 December the celebration of the Student Day : the regime hoped for a great national mobilization under the Green banner so as to give the necessary legitimacy to this so-called opposition which is openly hostile to any compromise with the West. Iranians were sensitive to our analysis and despite the regime’s international campaign, its televisions or its friend countries, Iranians stayed at home and urged the regime and its sponsors to cheat on images and offer us a festival of rough mistakes.



Predictable failure of the 7 December’s gathering | Since several months, the Green Movement calls Iranians for taking to the streets. The dates it chooses always coincides with anniversary dates that celebrate the regime’s supporters. Its argument is that it’s necessary to take advantage of legal occasions to demonstrate safely. Those calls have never been successful because the argument didn’t appear convincing : the fact to demonstrate on the days authorized by the regime would have been synonymous of the existence some democratic space in Iran. Moreover people were encouraged to demonstrate and protest against a personality from the regime so as to ask for its replacement with another one, Mussavi, who is as member of the Expediency Discernment Council legally one of the 22 Iranian politicians who are invested with full powers within the regime.

Iranians were cheated a lot for the past 32 years -including the lies of Khomeini’s supporter to come to the power- and they thought they understood that Mussavi needed to be portrayed as the democrat he isn’t in order to make him come to power and thus give a democratic legitimacy to the entire regime. They decided to boycott the Green Movement’s shady gatherings.

Our compatriots did even better by standing against the Green Movement and by mobilizing massively in the entire country on the occasion of the 40th day of Neda’s death, a date that is officially forbidden by the regime. As they were numerous, they prevented the regime from charging by reminding the first days of the last summer uprising when they gained control over the streets to chant slogans that were hostile to the regime - 3rd video .

This outstanding victory should have inspired the Green Movement but this was not the case. The Green Movement could have repeated the experience by focusing its invitations on the dates that commemorate the numerous people who were killed during the uprising but it did nothing similar. This subject isn’t even mentioned and no slogan remind the several hundred of deaths but the debate is focused on Ahmadinejad’s electoral results to grant Mussavi with power without specifying the position he holds on the top.

Via our emissions we broadcast in Iran, we intensified the boycott by reminding our compatriots that the regime’s goal was not solely to appear as a democratic one. The situation is that Tehran is exposed to American sanctions and faces the friendship hand of Obama who offers the end of sanctions against an agreement the United States needs to reinforce the place of American companies on the oil market but also to dominate the Muslim world. Such agreement could be profitable to the mullahs but it doesn’t suit them because it implies they would open politically to the Iranian Islamist pawns that are close to the United States. With such agreement, the mullahs would loose their seizure on Iranian wealth. So to keep their privileges, the mullahs had the idea of a popular protest that would call into question the legitimacy of Ahmadinejad as interlocutor of the Six and thus this would induce some serious international crisis that would be synonymous of a warlike escalation in the aim of urging the Westerners -the United States’ allies- to drop Washington for fear of some threat on supplying. In other words, a victory instead of an agreement ; after then, the regime would make Mussavi come to power to end on a high note. We explained to our compatriots that the regime was looking for using their presence to urge the Westerners to acknowledge the reality of this protest they refuse to consider in order to avoid this series that would be profitable to the mullahs. This analysis was heard and it reinforced the Green boycott in Iran.

Images of the 7 December | Considering this tenacious and thoughtful refusal, the regime decided to counterattack by making his exiled lobbyists who go often on television say that the Green Movement was actually hostile to the regime, a step toward freedom. In order to convince Iranians, the Green Movement spread a list of new slogans that are clearly in favour of a regime change. But each time, those slogans were not heard. Then the regime used again its anti-Khamenei slogans that make everybody laugh because Khamenei is not a member of the Council of Discernment and his departure would change nothing. At the 4 November’s previous gathering, instead of slogans that were hostile to the regime, the regime edited lately undated images of a photo of Khamenei that was ripped and trampled by young people.

Such untruthful behaviour that considers Iranians as imbeciles reinforced the boycott which was at its height on the last Monday, 7 December, one of the dates that are eminently symbolic for Iranian Islamists. With great difficulty, the regime gathered less than 3,000 people in Tehran, which means that even militiamen are not willing anymore to demonstrate for the regime with civil outfits.

Such as it did in the past, the regime resorted to sound addition in order to inflate the number of participants. On the previous gathering, it innovated with short videos in order to dissimulate the insufficient number of demonstrators and it followed the same trend by downgrading the pixel quality so to give a poorer visibility. This time, the novelty was to avoid dressing demonstrators with green outfits in order to attract suspicious people. However the number was insufficient even though and the regime resorted to archive images such as it did in the past. This effect is even more perceivable because demonstrators were dressed with light outfit while there was zero degree in Tehran and it was windy -2 to 3 degrees elsewhere.

The mullahs’ regime was not the only one to perform such disinformation effort. United Kingdom who disposes of the world’s leadership on the oil market since a century gave the mullahs a helping hand in order to avoid the agreement Washington hopes for and which could deprive it from this leadership. The BBC was the first media in the world to spread on Monday in the early morning photos of Iranian demonstrators. Because few of them were dressed with warm clothes on this winter morning and with a temperature of zero degree, we’ll name them -wind- resistant students ! Tough luck, the young people stemming from archives wear also outfit that is too green.
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Later on the same day, Tehran changed its angle of attache by sending its own low definition and less green images. We published some of those images that are here again as a reminder. Those images are followed by images of gathering in province cities and two videos that were made in Tehran. In the first video, there are people who shout at militiamen who would be in front of them but we cannot see them. In the other one, there are even no demonstrators but solely yells !
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At the University of Tehran, students shout “Death to the dictator”.
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At the University of Tehran, campus of science. They sing the national anthem that is forbidden by the mullahs -in order to chat Iranians up- but also the Khomeinist slogan “I will kill the one who killed my brother”.


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At the University of Sharif


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The breaking of -pre-dismantled- doors


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A so-called charge of the militia, escape of so-called rebels against the mullahs’ regime who chants « Allah Akbar » !


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The people. Actually, this is the technique of sound addition. Among passers-by, a man pretends to yell. The added sound repeats « Death to Khamenei ». This is the new slogan that is <usafe for the regime.


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The street with added sound. Here, so-called rebels against the mullahs’ regime shout « Allah Akbar » or « Ya Hossein, Mir Hossein » by considering Mussavi as the equal of the Shiite’s 3rd imam, Ali’s son, the greatest Arab killer of Persian people. You can notice that voices are the same in both videos.


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Videos of gatherings in Isfahan, Tabriz, Yazd and two videos in Tehran


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Tehran : Video entitled “the Bassiji charge”. Here we see a small group of demonstrators who run quickly from a place to another one on 10 m2 in order to create a distraction and avoid any attention on their number or even the absence of Bassiji -who are described as “wild” in slogans that were chanted in a very artificial way. At the end of the video, people run and cross in the bottom to go to the direction that is on the opposite side of those so-called demonstrators. The image is cut.


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Tehran : Video entitled “the demonstrations were lead by girls”.


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Failed revival on the 8 December | Generally when a city is moving, the inhabitants know about it. This time, the inhabitants of those cities that are supposed to be moving knew that nothing was happening. The regime tried to urge them to move about by spreading rumours of the continuation of demonstrations on the 8 December and by announcing as well Mussavi’s restraint. If we consider those both operations, the second one was the worst one because no national mobilization took place to defend the man who is supposed to be the one 85% of Iranians elected. This fake announcement solely proved that Mussavi’s popularity is phoney.

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Second hitch on the 9 December | As a new resolution, Tehran took drastic steps with the tale of a photo of Khomeini -the regime’s founder-that happened to be ripped by demonstrators. Thus it knows what people wish. And to make people believe it, this is not the green media but every leading mullahs who denounced the broadcasting of such image by the national television. But nobody saw that image. This proof that the Green Movement would be hostile to the regime and not its accomplice didn’t work because there was no demonstration at all. However the regime will exploit such gold mine for its next gathering.

Nevertheless we can describe this operation as a second mistake because there was no spontaneous supporting demonstration from people or even from young militiamen in the memory of the regime’s founder so much that it was necessary to organize some. And here again it was a fiasco. The most important demonstration was the one initiated by theology young students but on the photos, we cannot see the dozens of thousand people that Iranian agencies announced. This figure was repeated by the media of ally countries such as United Kingdom.

And yet the regime took a great care of photographic approach with views in the crowd. But as the student-demonstrators were not very young, it was necessary to provide a general view to show off with figures ! As usual, it is faked. You can see it by comparing the circled groups with the people who are on the side : they don’t have the same height. This explains why this photo disposes of two versions. You can click to zoom on some images, in particular those with a grey frame so to enlarge them once or twice.
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Catalogue of disasters | A week ago, the regime gave the proof of the young militiamen’s withdrawal by removing their weapons. This week it proves that young mullahs have dropped it. Such break results in the fact that to withstand sanctions mullahs had to withdraw allowances from poor families in which those young people were born. Thus the latter don’t aspire to support the regime to stand up to Americans and save its privileges.

Here is a regime that is in a bad way. It doesn’t have any support anymore and even G.od dropped it by sending torrential rain that plunged the South of the country into the water. People live flooded, given up, without any care.

Here we see old people but 55% of Iranians are less than 20. Those young people who are 85% unemployed or even enlisted in militia are also into the water. Since months they live with no allowance : water is bubbling. It’s the same thing elsewhere such as in Tehran and in the North of the country where it snowed this week : it’s bubbling quite everywhere. After such a week of social failure and of warning from its base, in order to put discontent at rest, the regime eased off regarding its intransigencies by making a step backward into nuclear field. Hurry up ! Rain again !
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