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June 17th, 2009
12:24 PM ET

Iran threatens Web sites reporting on protests

A supporter of defeated Iranian presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi protests June 16, 2009 in Tehran, Iran. Getty Images
A supporter of defeated Iranian presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi protests June 16, 2009 in Tehran, Iran. Getty Images

TEHRAN, Iran (CNN) - Iran's opposition Wednesday pledged to continue protests over disputed presidential elections as authorities tightened controls on media, threatening Web sites reporting on the country's worst crisis for decades.

Opposition leader Mir Hossein Moussavi, who claims last week's re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was rigged, called on his supporters to join him on the streets of Tehran Thursday in the latest in a series of demonstrations.

Meanwhile, the country's powerful Revolutionary Guard - which enforces strict Islamic codes - said it will prosecute Web sites it accuses of inciting riots, adding to a ban on foreign media reporting on the protests and a block on Internet site such as Facebook or Twitter.

Even as the Guard made its announcement, thousands of Iranians planned to head to Haft-e-Tir Square in central Tehran on Wednesday evening despite a stepped-up government crackdown that has seen people arrested across the country. Video Watch Christiane Amanpour on media restrictions ยป

The scale of the protests, the worst seen in the country since a 1979 revolution overthrew its monarchy, Tuesday prompted Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has already endorsed Ahmadinejad's win, to appeal for calm, urging citizens to support the Islamic state.

His appeal came a day after at least seven people were killed during a pro-Moussavi demonstration in Tehran.

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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. GeorgiaGirl

    IRAN,IRAN, IRAN !!!! Do we not have enough going on right here in AMERICA to worry about. Its sad that a woman was shot in the middle of the street... but NEWSFLASH.... drive down the streets of any Ghetto of any town right here in AMERICA and you can see women, men, children get shot raped and robbed on any given day!! Obama is the president of the US, not the world and I want him to spend his time and energy on US and making things better right here. IRAN, has their own president!!! Its funny to hear so much concern about Iran from everyone, when most of these people would not even lift a finger to help their very own neighbor right here in America. Unreal!!!!!!

    June 23, 2009 at 1:28 pm |
  2. rudy

    wat wre s my vote............of course u live in a suppresive country so naturally ur 'VOTE S OF NO USE;COS ALL U PPPL SUPPORTED MUSLIN TERRORISTS SO DIS S WAT WILL HAPPEN .....SO I DON CARE WAT HAPPENS TO IRAN .......................ITS ALL THEIR OWN FAULT SO LIVE WIT IT.......

    June 20, 2009 at 6:46 am |
  3. Mano Bakh

    Thursday June 18th at 10:40 PM CT.
    As a high ranking naval officer I escaped the 1979 Iranian revolution. After 30 years in seclusion I broke my silence and authored the book Escaping Islam. I have my prediction as what is going to happen within the next sixty days in Iran.
    Mr. Rafsanjani is the chairman of the 86 members of Assembly of Experts who have the responsibility to watch, dismiss and select the supreme leader. I predict that Ayatollah Khamenei will not change his mind for either total vote counts or supporting a new election. Ayatollah Rafsanjani will call an emergency meeting of Assembly of Experts and with majority vote Ayatollah Khamenei will be removed and Ayatollah Rafsanjani will become the new Supreme Leader. He will announce a new election and Mr. Mousavi with the help of Ayatollah Khatami will become the new president.
    Mano Bakh

    June 19, 2009 at 6:08 am |
  4. 444 DAYS

    If the Iranian's want our help, they need to do the following:

    1. Recognize that they cannot currently govern themselves, which is why we've been involved in their affairs for almost a hundred years.

    2. Welcome heavy US involvement in shaping their system, become an ally and secure force in the region.

    3. Renounce the 1979 revolution altogether and promise reparations for the 444 days that they held 52 American citizens hostage. Not just to the families of the hostages, but to the American people for what they've put us through for 30 years.

    4. Renounce the concept of a religious government altogether and make the use of sharia law over basic human rights laws punishable by life imprisonment.

    5. Sign a non-aggression pact with the U.S.

    6. Work to end Islam as a political and terror force on the planet.

    I remember the first day they took the US Embassy in 1979 and sat through every one of the 444 days wondering when we would have the chance to turn things back. This is the day. Do not fail to seize this opportunity, America. Take Iran back!

    June 18, 2009 at 8:57 am |
  5. sseed13

    Our hopes and prayers are with the Iranians. We pray they finally get Freedom and all Universal Human Rights. They need separation of religion and state to achieve freedom.

    June 17, 2009 at 12:45 pm |
  6. sseed13

    Obama killing the fly was a great way to start the day LOL. Thank you President Obama. Great reflexes!

    June 17, 2009 at 12:41 pm |
  7. Freedom

    Boy am I glad I don't live in Iran! I would hate to live there.

    June 17, 2009 at 12:32 pm |