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Party of God or Party of Satan

Updated on January 5, 2010

The Iranian government is clamping down on the demonstrators in various ways to quell the unrest and rebellion. Using a page from emergency services, ordinary people are urged to report and identify those suspected or knowingly involved in revolutionary activities by calling toll free phone numbers, pictures, videos, articles, news, e-mails and internet addresses of webloggers, which can help recognize the opposition and those pictured, who they accuse of insulting Islamic values and senior figures in the regime.

To retaliate, the opposition is publishing photos, names, addresses of members of the Basij militia who opposed the demonstrators. A state-organised rally attended by hundreds of thousands of supporters, Ayatollah Ahmad Alamolhoda, a senior hardline cleric, divided people into those who are with “the party of God” and those who support “the party of Satan".

The BBC, Voice of America, the US National Defense University, the Soros Foundation, Human Rights Watch (HRW) and the East European Democratic Center were all banned from Iran media.


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