June 16, 2009
Posted: 1421 GMT

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Ursula   June 16th, 2009 2:56 pm ET

As the West is watching, the supreme cleric will have to come up with some answers. It all depends on how far the protesters are prepared to go. If the scope of this protest is similar to the one in 1978-79, we could see some far-reaching changes in Iran.

Arik Elimelech   June 16th, 2009 3:28 pm ET

I doubt that we'll see any discernible impact. If the Iranian regime really manipulated the elections – and it looks like it – they won't listen to the people, having not accepted their votes either. The big question is how the West is going to react to this.

Arik from Germany

Wojtek   June 16th, 2009 4:22 pm ET

The question to be asked here is not whether the protests can overturn the election results but what has pushed Iranians to go into streets in hundreds of thousands. I believe the presidential quest is not at stake here, but the dignity of the nation is. Young Iranians have had enough of the isolationist regime that keeps their country apart from the civilized world, and the electoral fraud (if it indeed occurred) was the best opportunity in many years to voice their frustrations.

Amir   June 16th, 2009 4:22 pm ET

Musavi's supporters can change the results if they over come the cope that was designed by supreme leader and ahmadinejad, and withstand against the Basij's forces.
Amir Italy

Nwaogu Godfrey   June 16th, 2009 4:28 pm ET

The current protest may not change the outcome of the election,but it will lay a foundation for future elections.The awareness of moderates.

ARIO   June 16th, 2009 4:43 pm ET

The bloody bodies will never allow the Iran's regime be relax. people are aware about wild regime and the protests are the real answer to Iran's and President ahmadinejad.

an iranian   June 16th, 2009 5:02 pm ET

people are being shot at, stabbed,beaten up in the streets in iran right now.internet connections are slow, yahoo,gmail,twitter and facebook are filtered and there's hardly access to social networks to spread the news.
sms and cell phones are down. international reporters are being forced to stay at their hotel. what you see is through cellphone videos and images and soon those will also become unavailable cause they are restricting internet access in the country. There's been a coup and the world is just watchin to see if we can cast our real vote ourselves!!!
we dont want Ahmadinejad to be iran's president no more and we are giving blood on the streets for that, what more do you want? dont just be watching and saying you're worried, please help us.

Torben   June 16th, 2009 5:03 pm ET

I really hope it will change anything in Iran, as seen already some 30 years ago, but I strongly doubt it.
With all the irregular actions going on since the election results were announced, it seems obvious that the result was made and not voted. Seriously, why all the media blocking if everything was/is legit in terms of democracy?
Again, I really hope things will change while people seem to risk their lifes protesting in Tehran and other places, but I don't feel like this is going to happen. Unfortunately.

Dan   June 16th, 2009 6:00 pm ET

Wont change a thing, the Supreme Leader Khameini already congratulated Ahmadinejad, they will just go and confirm what they already told everyone, and then punish the protestors even more afterwards!

Ali   June 16th, 2009 6:08 pm ET

People are source of social power , Mousavi knew this well and never give up against losers such Ahmadinejad and his masters, you should be here to see how strong is resistance, we are continue to rally , shooting AlahoAkbar at night, and in the future strike and civil disobedience to paralyze them even now they really fill squeezed , we belief governement finally surrender to our will ,because people give the power to government and we are that people, we are that power.


Mah   June 16th, 2009 7:42 pm ET

A lot of it depends on the rest of the world. If UN or big majority of the countries (specially Russia and China) declare that they are not going to recognize Ahmadinejad as the president till a free election (even in Iranian's standard) it might. But if they feel they only need to overcome the people in the street, they will do that eventually.

Vic Benedicto   June 16th, 2009 7:47 pm ET

the "future-Iran" some countries/groups/persons wants is a wasted Iran. No surprise if they are giving money/materiel/world-wide media support right now to further the destabilization of Iran.Who are they? Of course you know who they are. hehehe

Jaliya Epa   June 16th, 2009 8:14 pm ET

Anyone who says that Mausavi should have won? I am asking him as how he knows the choise of all voters at the time of voting? Crowd gathering at rallies cannot guaruntee anything.

Don't follow West. They take you round and round and drop you in the middle of a desert. All the theories, all the mouth pieces etc etc are aimed to do what is excellent for West. They don't care about the rest of the world.

Jaliya Epa From Colombo

shahrokh   June 16th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

It was the first time most of iranian were united for a candidate also he was not in favorite of ali khamenei.

efat   June 16th, 2009 11:07 pm ET

Yes. Of course. Although I am deeply concerned and am completely shocked by the chain of events, however, I am confident that this movement will be effective and will change many things. It has already changed the viewes of the dictators who rule the country. I really don't think they could ever imagine something like this. I believe the supreme leader made a big mistake when he annonced his support of the ourcome even before voting counting were complete. He practically shot his own foot. People with unlimitted powere sometimes forget the reality and make a big mistake that eventually fires back to them. I think Khamenei shot himself and if he was smarter, he would have acted differently.

an iranian   June 17th, 2009 5:18 am ET

the way recent happenings took place (including yesterday's events in the whole country-not just tehran) and the way the government is treating is (which is using Basij Militia and police to beat up people) makes me worried. if they wanted to step back they'd at least stop killing people (yesterday, one 20 yr old student in Isfahan, another one in Lorestan-verified). it seems like the government is not willing to back down, neither are the people, and that means more bloodshed.
follow me on twitter for the latest news from iran,

Dani   June 17th, 2009 9:07 am ET

The Iranian government has two choice:

-Either to go ahead with this stolen votes and continue with Ahmadinejad, in that case Islamic government will be divided in two and with the support of people another revolution will happen as the people of Iran are really tired of the hard-liners.

-Or they have to give in and cancel this election, in that case the hard-liners are gone forever.

The biggest loser of this election is the supreme leader of Iran.

Ali Ahari   June 17th, 2009 11:28 am ET

CNNand Other media should help us,,,we dont have any media...we dont have cell phone...even good conection of Internet...the Government Contoroles every thing.
Humanitarian communities and free media should help us,

An Iranian

Md. Aseer Jubair Khan Majlish.   June 17th, 2009 11:43 am ET

No, I don’t think so. To honestly speaking if there is really any corruption in the election still it is not possible to change the election result. Because Ahmadinejad also have a lot of supporters. What could have happened is a reelection between the two.

reza   June 17th, 2009 11:57 am ET

I hope the continuing of demonistration can be chang the result

From Iran with Love   June 17th, 2009 12:54 pm ET

God knows how many VPNs , Proxys and tunneling stuff i have used to get here just to type couple of worlds! If I were to hack DoD It would be 10x easier to stay anonymous and still pass filters and all. I don't know how much of OUR hard earned OIL money has been spent to such cyber defense computing systems stuff like filters, censorship and stuff like that. Do you know how huge is the traffic they are intercepting, filtering and packets they are dropping!? The BotNets and DarkNets they are using to lunch DDOS on websites they don't want to show up ?! even if you use VPN you still have less luck since its data transfer is limited and you can't even open up a site not to mention upload something. We have nothing to communicate, nothing to let you guys know from here that what is happening but the custom made shows that they feed you through Gov. controlled TV. We want our vote back and they are connecting our movement and rally to foreigners, west and stuff like that to frame us and get the rest of the world off the main subject which is stealing our vote for their favor. Now we have come to the cross road with you on the other side of this computer some where behind these walls and on some other place in the world. You can do something or watch us trade our blood for our votes and end up as west controlled riot in graves or prisons for years to come. Any thing can help us , writing, doing a research on what is happening, letting the world know about what they are doing to us and anything that you think that can be useful.

They send their own people among us and dictate them to destroy things and then let the world know that this was us who broke things and set civilians properties ablaze. This is the worst thing you could do to your own people specially those whom you THINK have vote to you!!!! Stand up and help for the better future of the world and don't let another Talebani like government develop but this time with Atomic missile in hand! I am sure you guys will regret being quiet today if that happens.

Sunil Rajapaksa   June 17th, 2009 1:49 pm ET

Democracy is about majority. Even in US, millions of people didn't vote Obama. What if all of them took to streets asking what happened to their votes?

Stop being childish. Iran has given lots of help to Sri Lanka. We will be your friends if you keep same president.

eli   June 17th, 2009 2:45 pm ET

when you start cnn programs you mention the time in iran &it shows
you are speaking to us!
thanks to covering news in iran.

stephen osho   June 18th, 2009 7:49 pm ET

its a tragic fall on the empire in which the evil..supreme leader or demon ups sorry and his advocate Amadinejad have built with tyrany and deceit is crumbling in their is very good to know that his regime is faced with revolution and total discontentment from the people of iran and the world i believe the struggle should continue in order for a lasting peace to reign in the region if Amadinejad is not toppled the world is no longer safe stephen osho germany

feri   June 18th, 2009 8:04 pm ET

I am pretty sure that the protest is at least showing the world that there are a massive population of people in Iran that they are totally against Ahmadinejad and his ideas.His speech is bizzare and naive for them as it is for the people from different countries.It is now the supreme leadar to think what to do with this protest.Anything is unpredictable by his side.

stephen osho   June 19th, 2009 12:42 pm ET

i am really confident in the unilateral demonstration in iran i believe victory is certain one thing for sure the iranians are fed up of this dictatorship regime they have seen the hand writting on the wall that the contunitiy support to ahmadinejad and his old,unwise cleric who parades himself as if without him iranians cant decide what is good for them will only bring instabilitiy to iran and lead them into the path iraq is of today so i believe this demonstration will have a positive impact on the future of iranians and let the supreme leader know that he wasnt born in power nor was he designed to to rule he was only priviledge to pocess those power and control due to wish of the iranians and when they decide he should step out then he must and go to the mosque and be a good diciple of God and pray for his acceptance into heaven because the innocents who where killed in this past few days are dead because of him and ahadinejad . stephen osho germany.

Nariman   June 20th, 2009 10:10 am ET

I'm no sure it will change the result.But we will have a great result to issue our idea.
If this time we can not get the good result But nex time is for us.
Pride of suprime leader is fully broken.
Tomorrow id for us.
Regards to all the free people in the world./.

TIRDAD GHARIB   June 23rd, 2009 1:30 pm ET


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mehrdad   June 24th, 2009 6:55 am ET

I hope supreme leader of Iran will make a wise decision by canceling the election and making another election with the supervision of some international authority. This is the only way he is able to hold its place. every other way will lead to either chaos or change of regime.

Ahmad   September 9th, 2009 11:44 am ET

The Iranian people never do not change the state of their choice

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