Yesterday, the Iranian government issued its staunchest threat yet toward the people’s rebellion in response to the election results and has concurrently threatened to arrest Mir Hussein Moussavi, the reformist opposition candidate. The “Revolutionary Guards warned protesters Monday that they would face a ‘revolutionary confrontation’ if they returned to the streets to challenge the presidential election results in defiance of the country’s leadership.” Unsurprisingly, as the New York Times reports, the threat has diluted protest turnouts.
Within hours of the warning, several hundred protesters—far fewer than in mass rallies last week—gathered in central Tehran, and police used tear gas and fired into the air to disperse them, news agencies reported.
Curiously however, for the first time in days, the Iranian election-monitoring agency has formerly acknowledged that more than 3 million of the 40 million ballots cast may have been plagued with irregularities. With the world watching, the onus is on the Iranian government to ensure that every vote is counted correctly. But the world is growing steadily impatient.