Chapter . Iran Protests
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was declared the winner in Iran’s presidential elections, beginning his second term. Almost immediately, however, opposition leader Mirhossein Mousavi and his supporters shot back with claims that Ahmadinejad and Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei rigged the election and demanded a recount. The following week countless protests and rallies were held all over the world, and the streets of Iran were filled with bloody battles between Mousavi’s supporters and the Tehran regime’s goon squads. Despite Iran’s ban against foreign press, citizens’ blogs, tweets and Internet photo sharing brought the violence to the global stage, and to the editorial pages.