E-Mail From Iran: 'We Are In A Terrible Situation'

NPR's Davar Iran Ardalan has received another e-mail from a contact in Iran — a student who attends Tehran University. It describes a desperate situation for some of those who are protesting last Friday's election results, in which President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was declared the winner in a landslide:

"We lost everything on the Internet; they've blocked Yahoo mail and Yahoo messenger and g-mail to us. ... I can hardly come and check Facebook. ... I can't upload my videos that I've been taking for the last 4 days. ... We have very low-speed Internet. ...

"We are in a terrible situation ... you have to help us more than just writing and posting pictures! People are being killed every single day. ...

"Every night HIS (supporters of Ahmadinejad) people go in different parts of the cities and break all the glasses and traffic lights and windows and shops and yell and beat people with metal sticks. ...

"They've attacked students in their dorm rooms and killed and beaten many. ... About 300 are missing! (Note from The Two-Way: Tehran University tells Reuters there have been no deaths.)

"Last night they set fire in a gas station. ... I was watching ... and shivering and didn't know what to do. ... People helped and put it out ... but death seemed so close!"

Davar is supervising senior producer of Weekend Edition. Yesterday, she interviewed Iranian Nobel Prize winner Shirin Ebadi, who called for new elections in Iran. Also yesterday, Davar posted about an interview she did with a professor in Tehran and messages from a mother in Tehran. Yesterday, she posted about e-mails she had received from a contact in Tehran and a conversation she had with Iranian human rights lawyer Abdolfattah Soltani.

On Morning Edition today, co-host Steve Inskeep spoke with the professor who Davar previously interviewed — Babak Rahimi of the University of California, San Diego. Speaking from Tehran, Rahimi said there is an air of rebellion in the city and that the scenes and sounds remind him of when he was a boy in 1979 and the Islamic revolution swept the nation:



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