Threatening to crush dissent, the powerful Revolutionary Guards warned protesters Monday that they would face a “revolutionary confrontation” if they returned to the streets in their challenge to the presidential election results and their defiance of the country’s leadership.
The warning echoed remarks by a Foreign Ministry spokesman who blamed western governments and media for the unrest.The discrepancies, the most sweeping acknowledged so far by the authorities, could affect some three million ballots of what the government says was an 85 percent turnout numbering 40 million voters.
The Iranian government now admits that in several cities, more votes were cast than there are voters. Nevertheless, the government insists that there is nothing wrong with the election. They know the rest of the world sees right through them, but it really doesn’t matter. They have the military, they have the guns, they can do what they want.