Iranian Film Makers: Document Shows Moussavi Won
Two Iranian film makers met with members of the Europen Union Parliament on Tuesday and displayed a letter that they said proves the recent elections in Iran were rigged. The letter, allegedly written by the Iranian electoral commission, shows that reformist candidate Mir-Hossein Moussavi won over 19 million votes and was the rightful winner.
After Moussavi was Mehdi Karroubi with 13.3 million votes, followed by incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with just 5.5 million, according to the document. The document's authenticity has not been proven.
The film makers, Marjane Satrapi and Mohsen Makhmalbaf, called on the EU not to recognize the official results of Iran's presidential elections. Iranian authorities say Ahmadinejad won the elections with 62 percent of the vote.
The letter was supposedly sent secretly from Iran's Interior Ministry, which runs the nation's elections, to Iranian leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The document includes the alleged real results of the election, and a promise to keep Ahmadinejad as president regardless of the popular vote.
"Following your concerns regarding the results of the presidential election and per your given discretion to have Dr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad remain as president during this sensitive juncture. Therefore, everything has been planned in a way that the public announcement will be made in accordance with the interests of the regime and the revolution,” the letter states.
Protestors Mourn Dead
Protests continued in Tehran on Thursday as demonstrators mourned those killed in earlier rallies. Earlier in the week, a pro-Ahmadinejad militia opened fire on a rally held by supporters of Moussavi, killing several people and wounding others.
Tens of thousands filled the streets despite an order from Khamenei forbidding elections-related demonstrations.
Khamenei has ordered Iranian officials to investigate allegations that the elections were rigged. The investigation will include a limited recount of votes in stations where opposition candidates reported voting irregularities.
Moussavi's supporters have expressed distrust in the state investigative committee, and are demanding a second round of elections.
Iran's government has cracked down on protestors, banning foreign media as well as many websites. Cellular networks have been shut down multiple times since the elections, and mobile networks have blocked clients from sending text messages.
Iran Blames Israel in Alleged Terror Plot
As demonstrations continued, Iranian officials turned the blame on Israel, accusing “the Zionist entity” of planning to disrupt elections. Israel was in touch with a terrorist group that planned bombings on the day of the elections, they said.
Terrorists allegedly planned to bomb mosques and other crowded areas.