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 INU - Ali Khamenei, the Iranian regime’s supreme leader, began the 'engineering' of the June presidential election months ago by disqualifying 678 candidates and confirming only 8 candidates of his own choosing as an important step in 'engineering' his desired results.

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INU-The funeral of Jalaloddin Taheri, 87, in Isfahan, saw participants chanting anti-regime slogans like: “Down with dictators.”

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Wednesday, 05 June 2013

INU - On Tuesday, June 4, on the anniversary of Khomeini’s death, Khamenei delivered a speech ridiculously attempting to disguise the economic and political crises and fierce internal disputes threatening the regime’s very existence, all in order to pave the way for vote rigging in the forthcoming sham election. He described the election as a “great test” and promised “brilliant results” for the regime.

He farcically attempted to blame foreign enemies for the people’s disinterest in the election, saying: “The elections are a great opportunity for the Islamic system. [The enemies] hope the elections will have a low turnout so they can say people have no interest in the Islamic system; or they want to create sedition after the the election, as they did in 2009. One day they are saying the election is engineered, another they are saying the election is not free, and another they are saying the people do not consider the election is legitimate.”

He also said there would be no change to the regime's foreign policy, especially regarding nuclear weapons and regional warmongering, and added: “Some people wrongly want to make concessions to our enemies to lessen their anger towards us, are putting their interests over our people’s interests; this is wrong. We must remedy and rectify the enemy’s anger through national power.” He said the best model for the country's management was like that of Nader Shah (in the first half of the 18th century) where “by taking the leadership of the people with courage, this nation can spread out its proud field of activities from Delhi to the Black Sea.” He said Khomeini had seen this in history, and that had seen other examples of this and truly believed in it.”

Khamenei described the absurd TV debate between the 8 presidential candidates as an 'unprecedented opportunity' and said: “Where in the world are different candidates allowed equal use of the national and state-run media outlets?” But the debate has become a national laughing stock and even described by the regime’s own state-run media as like a 'children's game show'.

To resolve the embarrassment over Rafsanjani’s disqualification, Khamenei added: “The only thing that governs is the law; according to the law some can run, some cannot; the law has specified the conditions. This is all taking place according to the law. The enemy abroad… ignores these facts and repeatedly makes impious remarks.”

The regime’s hopeless supreme leader warned the candidates, who have already been strictly vetted, to not go overstep and boundaries, and said: “The candidates should take mote that notice that criticizing doesn’t mean tarnishing, tainting and inequity… there are economic problems, there is inflation… [candidates] must promise to take on the the economic issues, which today have become a challenge forced on the Iranian nation by outsiders; they must promise not to sideline these issues… not under various pretests to place more importance on the interests of outsiders than the interests of the Iranian nation.”

 

Saturday, 01 June 2013

INU - Political prisoners jailed in Zahedan and Orumieh have issued a statement urging Iranian citizens to boycott this June's presidential election.

The group stressed that especially ethnic minorities, religious groups and women - who are all barred from standing for political office - should shun the forthcoming ballot.

The ban on women standing for election means half the nation's entire population could not be selected as a candidate and if they vote they 'oppress themselves', the statement said.

And because millions of political prisoners and other inmates are deprived of the most basic human rights, their families should also refuse to vote, it added.

 

Friday, 31 May 2013

INU -  The Iranian regime has created a new anti-riot cavalry squad ahead of the June election when mullahs fear a mass public uprising.

The creation of the new unit comes as State Security Forces have been stepping up harassment of young people in a bid to intimidate them ahead of the ballot next month.

Friday, 31 May 2013 

INU - The Iranian regime's State Security Forces have confiscated 2,846 satellite dishes in Zanjan province in recent days in the regime's ongoing crackdown on viewing foreign broadcasts.

Homes in the cities of Gorgan, Gonbad, Azadshahr and Kordkouy in Golestan province were also raided and satellite dishes seized on May 18.

The confiscations are part of an ongoing campaign of oppression by the ruling elite, who have also crippled the internet and mobile phone networks in many cities to prevent protesters organising election demonstrations.

Officials have also ordered Zanjan city councillors to plant more trees to block the view of a women-only park that is currently overlooked by nearby buildings.

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