Friday, June 26, 2009

Statement by a group of Iranian bloggers about the Presidential elections and the subsequent events

Here is the statement. I have reservations about last sentence in (2): assuming that fraud was so widespread that lead to Ahmadinejad victory, and hence calling for re-election. [reservation means that I am not sure about it !]
Otherwise, it seems pretty rational and makes total sense:

"1) We, a group of Iranian bloggers, strongly condemn the violent and repressive confrontation of Iranian government against Iranian people's legitimate and peaceful demonstrations and ask government officials to comply with Article 27 of the Islamic Republic of Iran's Constitution which emphasizes "Public gatherings and marches may be freely held, provided arms are not carried and that they are not detrimental to the fundamental principles of Islam."

2) We consider the violations in the presidential elections, and their sad consequences a big blow to the democratic principles of the Islamic Republic regime, and observing the mounting evidence of fraud presented by the candidates and others, we believe that election fraud is obvious and we ask for a new election.

3) Actions such as deporting foreign reporters, arresting local journalists, censorship of the news and misrepresenting the facts, cutting off the SMS network and filtering of the internet cannot silence the voices of Iranian people as no darkness and suffocation can go on forever. We invite the Iranian government to honest and friendly interaction with its people and we hope to witness the narrowing of the huge gap between people and the government. "
A part of the large community of Iranian bloggers
June 26, 2009

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Dear reader,
If you are a blogger, please read this and if you agree post this in your blog too.
(The complete bilingual version)
Thank you.

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