Riots Break Out In Iran Over The Re-Election Of Ahmadinejad

Protests over the re-election of Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad have turned violent, as supporters of Mir Hossein Moussavi feel that the results have been fixed by the government and that their voices are not being heard.

A government worker, understandably speaking under condition of anonymity, tells the New York Times that the government "didn't rig the vote. They didn't even look at the vote. They just wrote the name and put the number in front of it." According to NBC News, there have also been technological glitches over the past few days that have prevented Iranians from accessing their text messages or websites devoted to Moussavi. "Text messaging," NBC notes, "is frequently used by many Iranians - especially young Mousavi supporters - to spread election news." Video is now coming in, showing the increasingly violent riots in progress, though MSNBC claims that riot police seem to be gaining control of the situation:

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The riots are a clear sign that the people of Iran are disillusioned with their leader and the government that stands behind him: it is heartbreaking not only because their candidate lost, but because they've lost faith in the system itself. As 26-year-old Mitra Khorshidi tells the Telegraph, "I cannot see anybody wanting to participate in any kind of politics after this. But it has also been a defeat for the mullahs. They had a chance to regain the trust of the people and they lost it."

Iran Elections: Anger On The Streets Of Tehran [Telegraph]
Violence Flares As Ahmadinejad Wins Vote [MSNBC]
Wide Reverberations As Door Is Slammed On Hopes Of Change [NYTimes]