Darius, an Iranian in Tehran, on the day after the Islamofascist Iranian regime stole the Friday election, wrote this to one of the threads at FiveThirtyEight.com:
I’m sitting in my grandparents’ house in Tehran right now and I’m hearing mini-explosions, there’s helicopters flying around, it smells like smoke, and it took fifteen minutes for this website to load because they’ve slowed down the internet so much here. On top of that they’ve basically blocked parts of Iran from the international phone network so I can’t even call my mother. 80% of the Iranian people did not enthusiastically turn out in order to re-elect someone who has ruined this country both economically and culturally. The Iranian people know that this election was rigged. How could it have been possible for Moussavi to lose Tabriz when he is from Iranian Azerbaijan and Ahmadinejad has abysmal approval ratings amongst Turkic speaking Iranians?
We need to vigorously and vocally support the brave young people of Iran, and their fight for freedom against 21st century authoritarian tyranny. May the media shine all the sunlight that it can on this wretched, demagogic, and dangerous regime in Tehran. Like the collapse of Eastern European tyrannies in 1989, this can be a historic moment for democratization and liberalization in the Middle East—or it can lead to another decades-long—and exceedingly dangerous—standoff with the West: