Election results have come in for the position of president of the country of Iran. A landslide victory was attributed to the current president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, citing a 2 to 1 victory over the challenger, Mir Hossein Mousavi.
Irregularities in the election have been cited, especially the rapid rate at which votes were tallied in comparison to past elections.
Supporters of the reform candidate, who are a part of the “green” movement,which is mostly a youth-driven campaign, are rioting in the streets protesting what they consider to be a fraudulent election.
The US also doubts the validity of the election results, suspecting election irregularities as well.
The Iranian law enforcement has been jamming text messages, blocking websites in support of Mousavi as well as Facebook, and has cut off mobile phones in Tehran.
This type of news makes me thankful to live in a country in which we have such freedoms that they do not have in Iran, and yet we take them for granted every day. So much so, that we are beginning to allow our current government administration as well as the previous administration to take those freedoms away from us.
I sincerely hope that Iranians win the freedom that they so desperately want, and don’t have it witheld from them by a corrupt incumbent government as well as religious leaders.