Somewhat hidden on Iranian government-funded presstv’s webpage you may find this Monday’s sensation. Ten or 13 killed demonstrators on Tehran’s streets, among them 19-year-old Neda, whose shocking death millions around the world have watched in an extremely graphic video, have possibly not died in vain. Iran’s Guardian Council has to admit today that probes into ballots boxes have proved a massive election fraud. In 50 cities, they contained more votes than people eligible. So, rumors that the 11 million additional ballot papers had been in the boxes before the day of election have had all reason. The remarks made by the Council’s spokesman, Abbas-Ali Kadkhodaei, that “[s]tatistics provided by the candidates, who claim more than 100% of those eligible have cast their ballot in 80-170 cities are not accurate — the incident has happened in only 50 cities” really won’t matter. He should know that election fraud is independent of magnitude. And who believes authorities in Iran anymore? And who cares?
It is quite amazing that the more than 646 ‘irregularities’ (emphasis by presstv) reported by the three defeated rivals of the incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Messrs Mousavi, Rezai, and Karroubi, were partly acknowledged today. Former president Mohammad Khatami has proposed, in the meantime, an impartial committee to investigate the complaints about the results of the presidential vote.
Although nullification of the June 12 election as urged by the latter might in fact be at hand, power struggles within the system might have moved the Islamic Republic of Iran closer to what everybody fears most, a Pasdaran-controlled police or military dictatorship. Four-hundred-and-fifty-seven people had been detained after Saturday’s riots in a massive crackdown.