Riot police battled with protesters today as Iranian officials announced that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had won the Iranian presidential election a landslide election victory. His opponent denounced the results as “treason.” The violence broke out as Iran’s interior minister said that Ahmadinejad had gained 62.6 percent of the vote. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei topday told all Iranians to respect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s victory in a presidential election that his closest challenger described as a “dangerous charade.”Trouble erupted on the streets when Ahmadinejad partisans clashed with about 2,000 supporters of moderate former prime minister Mirhossein Mousavi who had been staging a protest against the result of yesterday’s vote.
Thousands of demonstrators gathered after a statement posted online by pro-reform candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi urged his supporters to resist a “governance of lie and dictatorship.”
Several injuries were reported after police officers hit protesters with batons. Witnesses said some demonstrators appeared to have been arrested. Mousavi, who became the hero of a powerful youth-driven movement, had not made a public address or issued messages since declaring himself the true victor moments after polls closed and accusing authorities of “manipulating” the vote. “I’m warning that I won’t surrender to this manipulation,” he said.
Many scenarios are expressed per the development that may follow the electoral result. The main question for Western analysts is whether moderate Mousavi can dispute the result.
The opposition party candidate denounced that voting papers were not enough and many citizens were deprived of their right to vote.
Western capitals had hoped a victory for Mousavi could help ease tensions with the West, which is concerned about Tehran’s nuclear plans. But Ahmadinejad refuses to proceed to talks with six world powers over Iran’s nuclear plans.