Archive for July 2009
There are unconfirmed reports that in areas of Tehran police began firing on Basij militia. Currently these claims cannot be confirmed.
There are also reports that women have become the main target of the Basij. Women have taken a large part in the protests following the June 12th election, which opposition figures and protesters are calling illegitimate.
There are also reports of increased violence around Enghelab Square, as well as many other places.
Many people are speculating that Michael Jackson’s memorial at the Staples Center will ‘flood’ the internet with the heaviest traffic ever seen in the history of the internet. The day Jackson died many sites, including Google and Jackson’s official site, became slow and sometimes unresponsive. Other sites had to be taken offline because of the overwhelming amount of traffic. It remains to be seen whether this will occur today as millions tune in both on TV and online to see Michael Jackson one last time.
The link for CNN Live, where the memorial will be aired live, is here: http://www.cnn.com/video/fb/facebook.html?stream=stream1
Yesterday’s riots in the city of Urumqi, located in China’s western Xinjiang province, have left at least 156 people dead and over 800 people injured. Xinhua (Chinese State Media) claims there have been over 1434 arrests.
Xinhua further reports the government said: “An initial investigation showed the violence was masterminded by the separatist World Uighur Congress led by Rebiya Kadeer.” Kadeer is considered the Uigher leader and lives in exile in the United States.
Many in Xinjiang have long campaigned to gain independence from China, which is made up of prominently Han Chinese, while Xinjiang is primarily Uigher Muslims.
The CNN article on the topic is here:http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/07/06/china.uyghur.protest/index.html
There are reports from Iran that people in Iranian prisons, such as the notorious Evin prison, were beat, tortured, and even raped. Medical examinations of people released have proven all three of these claims. This report comes as the government cracks down on dissidents throughout all of Iran.
The Guardian article on this is here: http://bit.ly/15pnac
There are also reports that at least 11 people were killed Tuesday 30 June 2009.
It may well be that in the future the officials of the current regime will be tried at the hague for crimes against humanity.