Monday, December 28, 2009
Your questions about Iran protests

Anti-government protests in Iran heated up over the weekend with opposition supporters clashing with police, and we were once again flooded with iReports from the scene. At least eight people have been reportedly been killed and reformist websites say government forces have arrested several prominent activists.

 

CNN reporter Reza Sayah has seen first hand what can happen – he covered the protests in Tehran following the elections last summer.

 

What do you want to know about this tense situation?  Reza is here today with answers. Submit your questions about the anti-government protests below.

 

UPDATE: Thanks for the great comments!  Watch Reza answer your questions on CNN.com.

55 Comments
December 28, 2009
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In the recent past protests in Iran we were only able to get limited amounts of pictures and videos and a few "unconfirmed" stories... How are we seeing all of this incredible footage now? What has changed?

December 28, 2009
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Simply put. What do you think will be the outcome from all this. I good thing is the USA right now not getting involved.

December 28, 2009
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I just think that the Iranian leadership is losing control of their terrible regime.. and rightly so. I agree that it is a good thing that the USA is not getting involved. Finally some legitimized reform may take place in the middle east? Or will the U.S. get involved later and mess things up?

December 28, 2009
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Do they know that Americans are watching, following, and supporting them (especially the students)?

December 28, 2009
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I hope they do.. But I don't think they care. I think that they are ready to stand up for themselves

December 28, 2009
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This movement in Iran has been going on for about 7 months with innocent protesters being shot, killed, arrested and tortured. Yet, the people risk their lives every day to demand change. I cant believe the countries around the world are not focusing enough on this?!! Iran is a huge strategic problem and can only be a good player if it has a democratic government. Now that one country is trying so hard to create freedom and democracy we are not supporting them enough?!!!!  but we dont seem to mind invading another country to create democracy?!!! The people of Iran need more support. they are creating their own democracy.These are hundreds of thousands and millions on the street. they are not just a few unhappy people, this is most of the people.

December 28, 2009
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Of course they care. They are innocent people asking for peace non violently on the streets. Then the henchmen just shoot right into them. Now the people are so many the henchmen have learnt to be quick. run them over, and throw them in the car and take them!! who would do that to 18 year old girls!!!?

 

JuliaRoseMP, did you see in the middle of all anti american atmosphere, the people of iran came on the streets of tehran after 9/11 to light up candles for the fallen?!! they may know we care, but it is definitely not enough unless we show them.

December 28, 2009
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It seems to me that any American help is looked down on and used as a tool towards "western " influence...short of getting weapons into their hands what help can we really give?

December 28, 2009
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As the violence raged and courageous protests continued through the weekend, why wasn't it covered on cable news?  What is happening in Yemen too?  Why is CNN so late to the coverage?

December 28, 2009
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GIguy and Jerry, isolationism seems to be your answer. Do you remember somethings called the Spanish American war, WWI, WWII? We tried isolationism in all three of those wars and got attacked and drug into it anyway, check your history books less we make the same mistakes again.

 

 

December 28, 2009
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GIguy, it is a little hard for reform to happen when you have the government executing anybody that says anything that doesn't agree with the government. Reform requires organization, and if the government keeps killing people to prevent that orginization then it is never going to happen. Remember, this is the country whose president came to our country and said that they do not have homesexuality in their country becuase they execute all homesexuals? This is also the same country that rigged their election. They don't care what their people want, no matter how loud they scream. To the government of Iran protests simply mean that the people have announced who dislikes the government so that the government now has more targets to shoot at.

December 28, 2009
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Hey History buff, lets not stop there..how about Korea and Vietnam...not exactly stellar results, if we go in and kick butt and take names the Iranians will come together like never before to fight the "invaders"...let common sense prevail!

December 28, 2009
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I don't beleave isolationism is the answer for the US. But we no longer should be the police of the world. If help is asked for it should be given. That is what the US should be again.

December 28, 2009
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Big Oil has been trying since the last Bush administration to find a way to get Iran's oil.  Fifty percent of the world's conventional oil is in Iraq, Iran, and Saudi Arabia.  They already have Iraq.  The Saudis are cooperating in exchange for arms.  Public opinion is against war with Iran, and we can't afford it.  Since Bush's presidency, fake groups have been created to protest the Iranian government.  That is how Big Oil hopes to get what they want.  This is published in "The Tyranny of Big Oil", 2008 and CNN knows it.

December 28, 2009
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Wow, Conspiracy Theorist Unite,Big Oil?  You think that the Iranians can't think on there own, and millions of protesters are from Big Oil? Being MiddleEastern, and just coming back from Afghanistan, this is all from the people of Iran. I agree with Jerry, that it is up to the Iranians to fight for there Democracy, just like the US did. If they need help, and specifically ask for help, then the US can step in and help, like we did in Persian Gulf war, where the US was thought of being on the side of Good.  But the invasion of Iraq, has destroyed the US's image, if they decide to go to Iran, it would irrehensibly destroy the US's image. Leave Iranians to fight for there own democracy....

December 28, 2009
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Is the protesting throughout the entire city or just localized in certain areas? My father is visiting Tehran and I am concerned.

December 28, 2009
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Let them decide their fate. We shouldn't bother that nation anymore like Iraq and Afganstan.I am thinking about our economy recovery, jobs, single payer health insurance for US people. When could we see the single payer health insurance?

December 28, 2009
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I am busy retweeting the news from Iran.  How can an American tell which tweets are true, and which are posted by Iranian agents?

December 28, 2009
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To nahmed, the recovery of the USA depends on the recovery of every country in the world. If you can't see that many of the people of Iran do look to the USA for support. But they do not want the type of support that destroys a culture. I have been told this many times from my friends in Iran.

December 28, 2009
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Reza--Have the Iranians told us yet who is responsible for the protest?  Is it the Americans or the Brits?

December 28, 2009
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Are the Iranian protestors demanding the abolition of the theocracy?  If not, why not?

December 28, 2009
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U.S./Europe should not get involved, is so much as giving material support to the Iranian insurgents. That would only verify this criminal government's official line that the unrest is started by outside interference. Let the Iranian people take care of this. Soon the Police and Security forces will tired of beating and shooting their own people. They will see the light. Soon these criminal mullahs and their crazy leader will be hanging from Terahan street light posts. Iranian crows and hawks pecking their eyes out and eating them....I look forward to that day.

December 28, 2009
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Besides Northern Tehran, what does rest of Tehran and rest of Iran think of the current regime?

December 28, 2009
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Dhulfiqar - Everyone in Iran is tired of the regime and their tyranny.

 

By the way, Tehran is a large city and has a population of about 17 million people.  This along with the fact that Tehran is the capital contribute to the fact that most of the demonstrations occur there.

December 28, 2009
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Is this uprising religiously fueled or is this secular? Is this just against their president or is the Religious hierarchy also targeted?

December 28, 2009
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This uprising is freedom filed, here they see on both sides of Iran that they are having democratic elections.  If the US was trying this, it sure succeeded.  The US gave Iraq, and Afghanistan the ability to hold elections for there leaders.  In Iran there are no elections for the supreme religious head(except within a select group), and all the Mullahs are appointed.  My father whom came to the US 40 yrs ago, from Iran, always said that if god would give him a gun, and allow him to kill all the mullahs he would.  They oppress the citizens, and now they are revolting, they want freedoms that they see around them, democratic rights. Not all of them are strict Muslims, 98% are Muslim, but my father remembers going out in town when he was young and getting a drink and going to the movies, freely, a time during the Shah. This is a revolt mainly contained in larger cities, so that they can get there point across. Tehran, Esfahan, Najafabad, in the Central of Iran are the protest, considered the heartland of the hardliners powers...

December 28, 2009
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I think looking at the Iranian unrest is just a small part of a greater picture,the main topic should be people around the world, there is alot of dis-satisfaction,porverty ,pain and people feeling left out of the global economy and the modern kind of Feudalism ,where an elite group of states feel that they can say what happens in the lives of everyone else.

Looking at Iran only brings to mind the cases of young men becoming instruments of terror and innocent lives are made on daily bases more unbearable, i hope that leaders of the western countries will learn from what is happening in Iran and not just look and wait for a change in that government.

A word for the wise people make people but policies makes monsters.

Erivona

December 28, 2009
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warning: very graphic content

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GD9BBLSiYFA

 

a police truck run over 2 protesters to death and leave them on side walk,

Tehran Dec. 27

December 28, 2009
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I think the world should rally around the protestors to let them know that we are all behind them and to send a strong message to the regime.

December 29, 2009
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i think government should take action immediately to stop their protest,it is a shame for the whole country like that to fight,unnessarily,big shame

December 29, 2009
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based on airline attempted attack,the question to ask is that how and why did he get into the plane without checking,question must be ask.because the entire airport attendant are responsible for it.however every body must be check, including musicians,no want is to be trusted.

 

December 29, 2009
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even in 21century individual human right to be free to choose the way he\she wants to live ,to choose his leader is as dependent on might is right since the prehistoric times of an axe weilding earthling.the mighty nations will allow earth to have fever as long as they have their airconditioned existence in and out of home on road and beyond so what  if we have maldives ,pacificisles going under,qyoto protocol ,copenhagen are places to bargain for short term gains,not looking at the unique planet earth likes of which are not yet found and we do'nt have the wherewithal,technical advances forseeable in near future to reach leaveaside inhabit a faroff moon like titanic,therefore it's clear that each human being has to save earth by proactine actions not leaving the future of earth & earthlings in the hands of so called legislators,in the same vein i commend iranian citizens to carryon till they achieve their human right to self-determine their fate i& the other earthlings are with them to have freedom as a human should be irrespectine of caste,color,religion or creed,if un sanctions do not work us &rest of the world should consider armed intervention,u n peace keeping force to enable iranians have a chance of selfgovernance,democracy in the true sense not rigged elections to have a camouflaged dictatorship sanctified by religious despots as is happening presently.

December 29, 2009
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I just wanna share a video that shows how brutal islamic regime is toward its people :

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAaPnAQDHhU&feature=player_embedded

 

Please copy paste the preceding video into your address bar in order ro watch it.

December 29, 2009
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I have had CNN on all day & have not seen any further reports on whether the flight bomber boarded the plane without a passport. Erica Hill's interview with the lawyer couple from Michigan indicated that they observed the alleged bomber in the Amsterdam airport in the company of a wealthy appearing man who attempted to help him board the flight without a passport, stating the bomber was from Sudan. This story is over all the internet. No interview with the airline? No follow up?

December 29, 2009
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You know, before when the Iranian people took to the streets the last time, Obama said nothing on the pretext of "negotiations" Remember that "stretched out hand" BS. Well here are these people in the streets again and again Obama is silent. Obama is NOT a leader. That Iranian devil is NOT going to 'negotiate' anything and especially with the weakened US. But, if Obama has any class and conviction at all, he would stress that the Iranian people have our support. It doesn't mean we're going in with troops, it doesn't mean were physically going to be there to help but what it does mean is that if their PEOPLE want to take down that evil regime, we're with them. Oh, and by the way, MSM doesn't report on the bomber because the White House looks like fools over this one too. Obama yesterday interrupted his golf game, put on a sport coat, gave his little disinterested speech on the 'isolated incident' got back in his golf cart and finished his game. Again, he is NOT a leader.

December 29, 2009
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I think change is on the air in Iran as you can see people are fighting for change when people rally together and voice for change there not much you can do cause this people are sick and tired of the regime.

December 30, 2009
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Don't you think Jimmy Carter should hold Margaret Thatcher's hand and go clean up the mess that they started by planting the seed of evil in Iran 30+ years ago?  Do you think those who were for the overthrow of the Shah now live to regret their stance?

December 31, 2009
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January 2, 2010
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Image a Free and Prosperous Iran

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http://freeiran2010.blogspot.com/

January 4, 2010
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We are not radicals, not against Islam, "he says." We care about democracy (and) about what we want in our country. "Yes, and indeed it is our humans rights when we express ourselves, and facts, events.. .... The way you feel, is determined by its shape

interpret what is happening around you day by day.If we want to change the world, we must insist, to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, the better job, freedom, a garden to play, or a better social situation. To know even one life for another breath, and easier because you lived and fought for all ...an be  in the protests, Internet, by email.Can we remain impassive in the face of real Potential Conflicts involved? All these issues are deeply impact on the Exercise of Rights, such as the right to life, food, health and development, and future generations to come. "

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UNFAIR ATTACKS BY SOLDIERS IN NIGERIA

 

On Wednesday 20th January 2010, around 3pm 6solidiers invaded a home around abattoir area in Jos and whisked away 6christians young men. They were taken to Bauchi road (a Muslim majority area in Jos, where they were beaten mercilessly and then later dropped at the CID headquarters). The young men are still under Police Custody awaiting a so-called trial. We just want the world to know the injustice being perpetrated by Muslims cabal in Nigeria. One of the soldiers wore a Liard-an Islamic armband charm. These soldiers shot at the door and broke windows louvers before gaining access to house to arrest these Christians young men. The bullet fired is 1.8mm ammunition with number 811-80. The world needs to know and hear the true story of Jos Crisis of 17th-19th January 2010.

 

Moreover, information gotten from the State CID today that they have brought vans from Abuja, Nigeria's capital to take the youths that were arrested to Abuja. This is just a case out of many instances. Also, my younger brother is among these six boys that were arrested at abattoir.

 

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