After days of unrest, and the release of images of the violence yesterday, Iran has moved to restrict media coverage, especially by foreign news outlets. Iranian television today broadcast live coverage of the rally by Ahmadinejad supporters – the state channel talked about a march of “unification”.
The speaker of parliament has lambasted the US and the European Union over its expressions of concern. He told them to worry about their own scandals and internal problems, saying they’ve responded too hastily. Iran’s top legislative body, the 12-man Guardian Council, has ruled out annulling the election, but has agreed to a partial recount. Many shops and businesses closed their doors today, worried about possible violence. The Head of the Arabic service at euronews, Riad Muasses, said: “These demonstrations and counter demonstrations reflect growing division between reformists demanding change and conservatives who want to preserve the principles of the revolution. “By putting pressure on the reformist leaders, the regime is trying to put an end to violence that could degenerate. Whatever happens, these events will leave deep scars, which will appear in one way or another. It’s likely to force the Mullahs’ regime to be more open.” Violence has also been reported in other parts of the country, with complaints of brutal attacks on university students attempting to protest.