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Tehran youth: I'll never vote in Iran again

Frustrated and outraged by election results they believe were rigged, Tehran's young take to streets, spread messages and videos on internet and via mobile phones calling on world to intervene

Dudi Cohen
Published: 06.14.09, 08:43 / Israel News

Iran's youth responded with frustration and anger to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad electoral win, which many believe was obtained by fraud. Some of them were able to voice their outrage through instant messages and video clips sent via mobile phones, or on blogs, forums, Facebook and YouTUbe before these websites were blocked by the authorities.


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One of them, a young man from Tehran, told Ynet on Sunday: "I swear to God I'll never vote in Iran again. Mousavi received 25,000 million votes, but they changed the names (on the ballots)."


However he said that he was still hopeful in light of the great numbers of young Iranians who have taken to the streets in protest of the election results. Tens of thousands of people clashed with security forces in the capital of Tehran on Saturday, and at least two were reportedly killed in the violence.


The protests have spread to other regions of the Islamic Republic as well, with demonstrators shouting, "Mousavi, get us our votes back," and "Death to the dictator."


Some of the protestors documented the rallies using their cell phones, and managed to upload the videos to the internet:



One Iranian blogger published a letter addressed to the world's leader and urged his friends to distribute it: "We, the undersigned, support the rallies of millions of our people whose votes have been forged for the candidate of the governing clerics.


"We ask you to refrain from greeting the president of these liars, who are now busy violently oppressing the protest of the people."


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