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Ahmadinejad's Coup d'Etat? [Updated: Video of Makhmalbaf's at European Parliament]

June 16, 2009

This morning I saw a tweet from kimbacon which piqued my interest.

CONFIRMED!! Iranian Election Commission reported that Mousavi received over 19 Million Votes PLEASE RT

I followed the lead and came across this article at Spout Blog:

Adnkronos, an Italian press agency that specializes in English-language news from the Arab world, is reporting today that Persepolis creator/co-director Marjane Satrapi and her fellow Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf (probably best known here for his 2001 film Kandahar) “presented a document to Green Party MPs in the European parliament claiming to show that defeated presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi had received over 19 million votes in the weekend election

As a result, Makhmalbaf’s own website has been the target of a number of cyber attacks (hence, I’ll refrain from linking to it).[…]

Proof of a “cyber attack” Regime retaliation?

The Iranian Gov has gone out of their way to stifle dissent in any way the can. So it is not to far fetched to think their fingerprints are all over the cyber attack of Makhmalbaf’s website. It could also be the handiwork of some loyal Ajad supporter Either/Or he became a target and maliciously so.

As you can see from this screen cap of a Google search result for Makhmalbaf's website, there is a warning under the site name -VH

Now with all the above in mind, most notably the cyber attack. Could what Makhmalbaf relates in the interview below [of which I have posted excerpts] be the truth? Why would his website be targeted if what he claims is fiction? Anything is possible, but read what Makhmalbaf has to say. Then judge for yourself.

Iranian Filmmaker says Mousavi was told he won
Iranian filmmaker Makhmalbaf reports on phone call from Ministry of Internal Affairs to Mousavi HQ

Makhmalbaf’s Interview on Radio Farda
June 13, 2009, 12:00 AM [Note the interview was held the day of the election]
Translated for The Real News Network


[Full interview here]

The Ministry of Internal Affairs contacts press offices of Mousavi’s campaign to prepare a message for declaring victory on Sunday [which is Hazrate Zahra’s birthday Mr Mousavi said that “within the next couple of hours I will declare victory and the celebrations would be on Sunday, which is Hazrate Zahra’s birthday and Mother’s Day [in Iran]”. Afterwards Mr. Khamenei is notified that Mr Mousavi has won the election. At first he says fine, you can communicate this to the people, but the message propagation and broadcasting should be well managed [and controlled].

Behind the scenes the news changed! All the mobile phones belonging to Mousavi’s campaign got disconnected. Also from couple of days ago the SMS messaging were disabled for all the mobile phones. It was communicated to the Reformist [Eslah Talab] newspapers [the papers of Mousavi’s political party] that they were the winners but were told that they must refrain from announcing the victory. The campaign’s communications headquarters was shutdown and the responsibility for campaign’s communications was given to me [Makhmalbaf]. This is as much as I know personally.

Radio host:
Mr. Makhmalbaf, this news that you are reporting is very serious. Based on which facts are you making such a claim?


The second portion of the story [the plans for a coupe on Saturday] was conveyed to me through an intermediary source. It would be better if you talk with Mrs Nooshabeh Amiri, who is the direct source of this news. The portion of story, before the coupe, should be accepted as the truth under my responsibility. I was assigned by Mousavi’s campaign, since the headquarters were closed, the responsibility of communications for the campaign was transferred to me. Because of this, I announced that the victor of the election is Mr Mousavi and even Mr. Khatami had announced that the victor is Mr Mousavi and any other vote that comes out of the ballot boxes is clear fraud.

Radio host:
Regarding the Mousavi victory you mentioned, based on what documents and trust in which ballets, are you making such a claim?

My source is Mr Mousavi’s campaign that received notification from the Ministry of Internal Affairs, that they should even prepare the victory announcement and messaging. They [Ministry of Internal Affairs] had contacted the Reformist newspapers [Eslah Talab] that they can announce victory, but the announcement should not mention the word “Victory” [so that the supporters of the other party would not get provoked].

Radio host:
You, as the speaker for Mousavi’s campaign, are officially confirming this claim?


Radio host:
This was Mohsen Makhmalbaf, the official speaker for the Mir-Hossein Mousavi campaign.

Fascinating no?

Abbas Djavadi of Iran & Beyond posts a detailed run down of the whole affair here.

The plot thickens. Mohsen Makhmalbaf must be serious as he and Marjane Satrapi along with Daniel Cohn-Bendit [head of France’s green Europe Ecologie party] gave a news conference at the European Parliament to discuss the “document”.

It’s official Iran: Marjane Satrapi denounces a “coup d’etat” –

Loose Google translation.

Asked by Daniel Cohn-Bendit to the European Parliament, the designer and director Marjane Satrapi drew the international community not to recognize the election of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Sunday.

Since Sunday, one subject occupies the front of international news: the riots that erupted in Iran after the election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The repression was bloody, with seven deaths and hundreds injured. While Hossein Moussavi, the main rival and opponent, asked his supporters not to gather in order to avoid confrontation, the artist Marjane Satrapi drew from Brussels, not to recognize President Ahmadinejad. The author is brilliant Persepolis came to the European Parliament at the invitation of Daniel Cohn-Bendit, a document from view, the Ministry of Interior of Iran and comfortable announcing the victory of Mr. Moussavi with over 19 million votes, far more Ahmadinejad, holder of 5 million votes only. Read the rest >>

Photos of the trio displaying said “document”

"Daniel Cohn-Bendit, head of France's green Europe Ecologie party, Iranian movie directors Marjane Satrapi and Mohsen Makhmalbaf comment on the Iranian elections' results at a news conference at the European Parliament in Brussels June 16, 2009"

"Iranian filmmaker Marjane Satrapi, right, and Daniel Cohn-Bendit, Co-President of the Greens EFA group, hold up what they claim are the results of the recent Iranian elections"

Compelling. If this is propaganda it is indeed an intricate web they have woven. My gut tells me it is fact not fiction. I am no expert on Iranian politics far from it. Neither do I know much of Mousavi. But one thing I do know is that Ahmadinejad is one twisted dastardly son of a bitch.

He is intoxicated by the power he holds in his devious hands. And would likely do what ever he could to maintain his position. Not accounting for the fact when the man speaks he sounds like a damn loon.


Top questions to consider regarding the validity or invalidity of the recent Iranian election.

Was the Voting Properly Supervised?

Did the Voting Go Smoothly?

Was the Government’s Fast Announcement of Results Normal?

Are Any of the Vote Totals Suspicious?

How Popular Is Ahmadinejad in Iran?

Update 2:

Video of the news conference I mentioned above:

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Twitter Alert: #IranElection Cyberwarfare Guide

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