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June 20th, 2009
03:34 AM ET

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Iran's supreme leader issued a warning Friday to protesters who have filled streets since last week's presidential vote: Maintain self-restraint or face a stiff reaction from authorities.

On his Facebook page, opposition leader Mir Houssein Moussavi said he would publish a list of locations for demonstrators to gather in the coming days, and asked supporters to spread the word.

We understand two opposition rallies are scheduled for 7:30am ET - one for Moussavi, another organized by former Pres. Khatami and including Mehdi Karoubi, one of the opposition candidates in last week's election.

We're starting an hour early to bring you complete coverage of the situation in Iran. Join Betty Nguyen and TJ Holmes in the CNN Newsroom, beginning 5am ET/2am PT.

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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Roger Heisen

    It seems that democracy for American come in two flavors:
    Democracy when the results are favorable to the US interests...and
    democracy when they do not like the results since the elected party is
    no aligned with the US interests.

    June 20, 2009 at 10:29 am |
  2. Rocky

    Funny how the media is getting all worked up about Iran's election "fallout" when there was hardly any coverage at all about the crackdown on protesting in this country in 2000 after President Bush's contested election or the Republican convention in New York in 2004 where protests were all but banned and many were arrested and beaten. What is the difference?

    June 20, 2009 at 10:57 am |
  3. Peter Lampe

    In eastern Europe, totalitarian systems unwilling to reform collapsed in severe economic crisis. Truncheons, tear gas and tanks didn’t help them. May Iran learn from this today!

    Peter Lampe,
    University of Heidelberg, Germany

    June 20, 2009 at 12:14 pm |
  4. Tom Nelson

    Four things:
    Firstly, the Persian phrase "marg bar", as in "marg bar Amrika" or "marg bar dictator" literally translates as "death to" (i.e., "death to America" – meaning the American government's meddling in Iran, not death to Americans); however, in the way it is used in Iran, it should more properly be translated as "down with" – (i.e., "down with dictators", "down with America" – American foreign policy, etc.). It has taken on a type of cheer that you would hear at an NFL game where supporters of one team chant against the other team – it is symbolic, not literal.
    Secondly, Iranians as a whole are not anti-American whatsoever, nor anti any other country, but they are fervently against external interference in Iran. They are also fervently against the double standards that US and other western nations apply to Israel's occupation and treatment of Palestinians, and Israel's nuclear weapons.
    Thirdly, I was in Iran last year (my wife is Iranian). We had an interesting taxi driver who had previously been in the Revolutionary Guards. He told us that in his opinion, 80% of the Guards wanted a change in the current leadership in order to make the system LESS intrusive. While the Iranian government controls the Basij, It remains to be seen if the government can actually control the Revolutionary Guards, particularly as the ex-Guard leader Rezai, who was a Presidential candidate, has also called for a new election.
    Fourthly, your Iranian commentators over the last two days have been of superior quality (they are actually providing good information and interpretation of events). This is sharp contrast to CNN USA's usual skewed or lame reporting on events in Iran (with Christian Amanpour excepted from that last comment). Your CNN International version of news has generally provided better quality reporting about Iran in the past than the US version of your news bureau.

    Tom Nelson
    Toronto, Canada

    June 20, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  5. Frank

    Great to see democracy at work. It would be neat to see a montage of the US's recation / dissent over the 2000 elections (what was covered in the media at that time) contrasting our and the Iranian dissent. Although a half of world away different cultures, with the same goal – freedom. God bless the United States.

    I count on CNN for my news: keep up the good, unbiased reporting.

    June 20, 2009 at 12:36 pm |
  6. Althea

    Iran’s Ayatollah dicates as they are imposed upon its people is not the way God wants us to treat one another. No matter the religion, wrong is wrong. President Obama is exactly right in the way he is responding to Iran. Don't give them USA as a excuse to create ways impose upon and control the world. It is said that President Obama needs to be more forceful. What kind of force is required from the USA for Iran to know right from wrong?

    All of the Middle East had bad impressions of the USA and President Obama is trying to develop better relationship with all of Middle East. It would be awful to have all the good work he has done be ruined by comming out as a bully to interfear with Iran and its people. Those that come out on behalf of our USA government and try to impose something different than the president are seen in the world placing the USA in a embarrassing state.

    June 20, 2009 at 4:49 pm |
  7. Paul Albert

    I have been following CNN and the news about the Iranian regime banning foreign reporters from reporting events without the government's permission. I hope the officials and proprietors of this most cherished network consider this warning a hint to the wise. Remember the old adage, "The presence is the revelation of the past." Americans were arrested in droves during the administration of the former president, Jimmy Carter. Have we become proactively inhibited? It is about time for this news network, Department of State employees and all US expatriots to pull out of Iran!

    Finally, I say hats off to President Obama for his delicate stance on this very critical issue. To the Republicans, what if President Obama makes assertions that could infuriate the omnipotent Supreme Leader, who is already projecting blame on the West, and he orders his vicious henchmen to arrest all American nationals? These frivolous criticisms come across as a ploy to divert President Obama's attention from the domestically intractable agenda to exertenal problems. I do not imply here that the external crisis is not serious, but let us face the fact, it has no substantial socio-political implications on America!

    Paul Albert
    North Carolina

    June 20, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
  8. Nikoo

    Iranian people have been tortured, killed and silenced by any means possible for decades. If Persians knew that the 1979 revolution would result in such regime and dictatorship then I assure you that it would've have happened.
    People of the world need to understand that almost all of the pro-government people are supported by the current system financially and in other ways.
    What's happening in Iran at this point is not about the presidency anymore, it's about a complete change in the government and true democracy.
    Iranian's are proud people but we can not go against machine guns with stone and sticks. World we need your help. USA we need your help. Earth will not be safe with these people in power.

    June 21, 2009 at 12:54 am |
  9. nancy

    thaks for all you are doing for FREEDOM SEEKERS in Iran.

    please send peoles' masseges asking UN to help them too, this is not about domestic affair any more this is about HUMAN'S WRIGHT!!

    and please replay Fareed Zakaria's interview with Iranians who explaine the whole issues of this movement.

    God beless you and your country.

    June 21, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  10. NotThatInterested

    R.I.P Michael. He was/is the king of pop, undisputed. After just returning home from a couple of clubs, I can safely say that even in Barbados, Michael is being remembered for the pop genius that he was. Managing to impact at least 3 generations of fans, his legacy will endure.

    P.S. Betty is ridiculously hot. I'll keep it on CNN just for her.


    Now I've got to go surfing, but I'll leave the TV on CNN, just because.

    June 27, 2009 at 6:22 am |
  11. David Scott

    Who was the guest on relationships at 11:40 AM?
    Sounded like Lauren Macklin.

    Where on the website can one track the guests on CNN shows?

    June 27, 2009 at 11:49 am |

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