Tag Archives: street protests

Ahmadinejad sworn in as Iran president amid crisis

ALeqM5h7lufL_p3BTJYHq_vIyO2KLRmwhQ

Ahmadinejad sworn in as Iran president amid crisis

TEHRAN, Iran — Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was sworn in Wednesday for a second term as president nearly two months after a disputed election triggered massive street protests, split Iran’s clerical leadership and brought attacks from within his own conservative camp over mistreatment of detained opposition activists.

In streets near parliament, security forces using batons dispersed hundreds of protesters who chanted “Death to the Dictator,” witnesses said. Some wore black T-shirts in a sign of grief and others wore green — the color of the opposition movement. A middle-aged woman carried a banner warning Iran’s leaders if they do not listen to people’s demands, they will face the same fate as Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, who was toppled in the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Key opposition leaders, moderate lawmakers and all three of Ahmadinejad’s election challengers boycotted the swearing in ceremony. State-run Press TV said more than 5,000 security forces deployed around the parliament building and police with sniffer dogs patrolled the area after the opposition called for demonstrations to coincide with the inauguration.

In his inaugural address, Ahmadinejad seemed to tone down his often-bellicose rhetoric and emphasized his plans to improve the faltering economy. He demanded that Iran be on an equal footing with other world powers and denounced foreign interference. The government has accused the U.S. and the West of backing street protests.

“We must play a key role in the management of the world,” Ahmadinejad said. “We will not remain silent. We will not tolerate disrespect, interference and insults,” he added. “I will spare no effort to safeguard the frontiers of Iran.”

Ahmadinejad sworn,Ahmadinejad sworn News, Ahmadinejad sworn World News, Ahmadinejad sworn Updates, Ahmadinejad sworn Latest, Ahmadinejad sworn Popular, Ahmadinejad sworn Biodata, Ahmadinejad sworn Biography, Ahmadinejad sworn Photo, Ahmadinejad sworn Video, Ahmadinejad sworn History, Ahmadinejad sworn  Scandal, News, World news, World updates news, World today, International news, Local news, Asia news, Asia-Pacific news, Malaysia news, Europe news, U.S news, Americas news, Africa news, Middle East news, America Latin news, Asia, Asia Pacific, Malaysia, Europe, U.S, America, Africa, Middle East, America Latin, Latest news, Popular news, Breaking news, Headline news, Headline, Gallery news, News gallery, News hour, Top stories, News channel, Channel news, News web, Web news, News space, Sports news, Science news, Technology news, Science and technology news, Politics news, Political Scandal, Economy news, Health news, Business news, NASA News, Apollo 11 News, Sports, Science, Technology, Science and technology, Politics, Economy, Health, Business, NASA, APOLLO 11, Tragedy, Terrorism, Terrorist, Bf1,

Honduran power brokers, priests push talk plans

CORRECTION Honduras Coup

Honduran power brokers, priests push talk plans

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras – Catholic Church leaders are weighing in on Honduras’ coup stalemate with a proposal to jump-start negotiations, part of a growing movement by crisis-weary Hondurans to resolve the crisis and end the country’s crippling isolation.

The coup-installed government, which has shrugged off international condemnation, now is coming under increasing pressure to negotiate from Honduran political, civic and business leaders who had supported the ouster of left-leaning President Manuel Zelaya.

Several compromise proposals have surfaced as Honduras struggles to emerge from 10 tumultuous days that saw deposed President Manuel Zelaya sneak back into the country and mount his boldest challenge yet to the interim government, which responded by imposing curfews, suspending civil liberties, banning demonstrations and closing opposition media.

Bishop Juan Jose Pineda said Wednesday his plan would broaden talks to include civic groups that have led street protests both in support of and against Zelaya, with the process guided by one Honduran and one foreign mediator.

Pineda said the talks would revolve around a compromise proposed by Costa Rican President Oscar Arias, which would provide amnesty for the coup participants and reinstate Zelaya to the presidency with limited powers to serve out his term that runs into January.

“We believe we have to look for a Honduran solution,” Pineda said during a presentation of the plan on Channel 10 television.

The bishop has acted as a go-between for Zelaya and interim President Roberto Micheletti, who has refused to meet face-to-face with the ousted president.

John Biehl, special adviser to the Organization of American States, said Wednesday he sensed some movement toward talks.

“The moment has arrived for tempers to cool and reason to reign, and that’s when errors will start being corrected,” Biehl said. “I have found a strong willingness for dialogue,” adding he had heard of proposals to return Zelaya to office briefly.

Some of the business and political leaders who backed the coup, under intense U.S. pressure to sway the government toward restoring Zelaya, are now open to considering the possibility of returning him to office with limited powers.

Porfirio Lobo, a top conservative contender in November’s presidential election, announced that Congress would be open to passing reforms needed to make an accord work.

“If we have to reform some laws, I don’t think Congress is going to be an obstacle,” added Lobo, whose party is the second largest legislative bloc, with 55 seats in the 128-seat Congress.

As part of the attempt to return to normality, Micheletti’s government announced Wednesday it was dropping the nighttime curfew in force since Zelaya secretly entered Honduras on Sept. 21, took refuge at the Brazilian Embassy and called on his followers to protest.

But Micheletti dragged his heels on lifting an emergency decree that curbed civil liberties despite demands from the political elite — including Congress and the country’s electoral court — that he revoke it. Micheletti suggested it could remain in effect for up to two more days.

Micheletti also largely dismissed a compromise promoted by an influential business leader, who suggested bringing in 3,000 U.N. peacekeepers or troops from conservative-led countries to enforce any agreement to restore Zelaya temporarily to office and ensure he does not overstep limits on his authority.

Micheletti said that part of the plan was unworkable, because it would violate the constitution.

“This involves things we cannot do, because our constitution does not permit it,” he said, referring to the presence of foreign troops or U.N. peacekeepers. “But of course we will take into consideration the points he has expressed in his proposal, in his dream to bring peace to Hondurans.”

Adolfo Facusse, president of the National Association of Industries, which vocally supported Zelaya’s ouster, said he discussed parts of his plan with Micheletti, including a proposal to make the interim president a congressman-for-life.

Micheletti also said he saw no need to sit down with the man he replaced as president after the army hustled Zelaya out of the country June 28.

Brazil has expressed concern about the security of its embassy, where about 60 Zelaya supporters are holed up with the ousted president. Honduran troops and police have surrounded the building.

The Honduran government says it will not raid the embassy, but Micheletti says Zelaya will be arrested as soon as he leaves it.

“That’s a decision for him to make, if he wants to stay there seven years, five years,” Micheletti said.

Honduran, Honduran news, Honduran world news, Honduran updates, Honduran latest, Honduran biodata, Honduran biography, Honduran photo, Honduran video, Honduran Honduran, Honduran scandal, Honduran web, news, world news, world updates news, world today, international news, local news, asia news, asia-pacific news, malaysia news, europe news, U.S news, americas news, africa news, middle east news, america latin news, asia, asia pacific, malaysia, europe, U.S, america, africa, middle east, america latin, latest news, popular news, breaking news, headline news, headline, gallery news, news gallery, news hour, top stories, news channel, channel news, news web, web news, news space, sports news, science news, technology news, science and technology news, politics news, political scandal, economy news, health news, business news, NASA news, apollo 11 news, sports, science, technology, science and technology, politics, economy, health, business, NASA, APOLLO 11, tragedy, terrorism, terrorist, Bf1,

Iran opposition says 72 died in post-poll unrest

2009-09-03T102524Z_01_NOOTR_RTRMDNP_1_India-421884-2-pic0

Iran opposition says 72 died in post-poll unrest

[media id=79 width=500 height=400]

TEHRAN  – An ally of Iranian opposition leader Mirhossein Mousavi has said 72 people were killed in the street protests that erupted after the disputed June presidential election, a reformist website reported on Thursday.

The death toll provided by Alireza Hosseini Beheshti showed an increase of three compared to an estimate he gave on Aug. 11.

The authorities, who have blamed the opposition for the bloodshed, say at least 26 people were killed in the unrest. They say several members of the pro-government Islamic Basij militia were among those killed.

“The latest number of victims in the street protests reached 72,” Beheshti was quoted as saying by the Mosharekat website.

The election, which was followed by huge opposition protests, plunged Iran into its deepest internal crisis since the 1979 Islamic revolution.

The moderate opposition says the ballot was rigged to secure hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s re-election. Officials deny this.

Beheshti is a member of a committee set up by the opposition to investigate the fate of people caught up in the unrest.

Human rights groups say thousands of people, including senior opposition figures, were arrested after the election. Many remain in jail.

Iran has begun mass trials of leading moderates accused of fomenting protests in a bid to undermine the Islamic Republic’s clerical leadership.

The authorities have blamed the post-election violence on “rioters”, accusing them of attacking government buildings and destroying public property.

iran, iran news, iran world news, iran updates, iran latest, iran biodata, iran biography, iran photo, iran video, iran history, iran scandal, iran web, news, world news, world updates news, world today, international news, local news, asia news, asia-pacific news, malaysia news, europe news, U.S news, americas news, africa news, middle east news, america latin news, asia, asia pacific, malaysia, europe, U.S, america, africa, middle east, america latin, latest news, popular news, breaking news, headline news, headline, gallery news, news gallery, news hour, top stories, news channel, channel news, news web, web news, news space, sports news, science news, technology news, science and technology news, politics news, political scandal, economy news, health news, business news, NASA news, apollo 11 news, sports, science, technology, science and technology, politics, economy, health, business, NASA, APOLLO 11, tragedy, terrorism, terrorist, Bf1, iran opposition