Rafsanjani says many Iranians have doubts about election
17-Jul-2009 (3 comments)

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said on Friday a "large group of Iranians" had doubts about last months disputed presidential election and that something should be done about the situation.He made the comments during a Friday prayer sermon broadcast live on state radio. Rafsanjani also called for the release of protesters and others detained after the June poll."In the current situation it is not necessary for us to have a number of people in prisons ... we should allow them to return to their families," he said during a Friday prayer sermon.The influential cleric also called for media freedom in the framework of the law. Rights activists say many journalists are among those held after the June 12 election, which sparked mass opposition protests, and that many pro-reform websites have been closed down.He made the comments during a Friday prayer sermon broadcast live on state radio.

Majid Zahrai

First news of Rafsanjani's sermon

by Majid Zahrai on

Also, see here:  //www.reuters.com/article/GCA-Iran/idUSTRE56G2D320090717

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iranian police fired tear gas and used batons to disperse supporters of opposition leader Mirhossein Mousavi outside Tehran University on Friday, a witness said.The incident took place as former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani led Friday prayers inside the university grounds. His sermon, broadcast live on state radio, was at one stage interrupted by slogans chanted by Mousavi supporters.


Majid Zahrai


by Majid Zahrai on

Yes.  They have a lot riding on this.  If all ends well with this Friday Prayers, IRI thinks they will have it made.  Every conceivable tool will be used to control and contain any negative thing which might come out of this event.


Interesting to see censorship at work

by fozolie on

by the various Akhoond networks (I could not get live transmission of IRIB on the net).

The Fars very short report ends with a comment which seems to have escaped censure, you need to understand akhoond language to decipher it: 

خطيب نماز جمعه اين هفته تهران ادامه داد: امروز در آستانه سالگرد اقامه
اولين نماز جمعه تهران هستيم و نماز جمعه اين هفته بي‌شباهت به نماز
جمعه‌هاي اوايل انقلاب كه به امامت آيت‌الله طالقاني و جمع زيادي از مردم
با سليقه‌هاي مختلف
بود، نيست.


Mr. Fozolie