Iran Update: Protesters stand strong in the face of a new warning

Last week, we gave you the full run down on what’s been going on in Iran since the June 12th election. Today protesters took to the streets again today after they were warned by the Revolutionary Guards that they would encounter a “revolutionary confrontation” if they kept protesting the presidential election results.

The protests defy the orders of the Supreme Leader of Iran but even after the Guards issued the warning, hundreds of protesters gathered in the center of Tehran and were met by the police, who used tear gas and fired guns into the air to get the crowd to scatter. There are reports that the police presence in Tehran is “massive.”

There have been other developments besides continued protesting. Iran’s highest government panel, which monitors election results, did admit that the number of votes cast in 50 cities were more than the actual number of voters in these cities, a sure sign of election fraud.

Authorities were quick to add that these facts don’t violate Iranian election laws. The Guardian Council said it’s not yet certain whether the votes in question would change the result of the election, and as of now, there is no re-count or new election planned.

So will they keep protesting? Although protesters have dwindled in numbers, the likely answer is yes. And they will face the Revolutionary Guards, member of the Basij militia, and regular police security forces. Revolutionary Guards have also called protests a “conspiracy” against Iran and have been arresting protesters, so the stakes are definitely getting higher. Still, the leader of the protesters, Mir Hussein Moussavi, who is also the candidate who believes the election was unfairly taken from him, has encouraged people to keep protesting.

Iranian lawmakers have said that his calling for protests are illegal and add up to criminal acts, so Moussavi may be faced with arrest along with the protesters.

Stay tuned for more updates throughout the week! To brush up on what’s been happening, check out more info on Iran’s Twitter Revolution.