Iran hinders web searches leading up to planned rally, sources say
Iranian opposition leaders want the rally to take place in Tehran's Azadi Square, the site of protests after disputed 2009 presidential elections.
February 12th, 2011
04:42 PM ET

Iran hinders web searches leading up to planned rally, sources say

Iranian authorities have blocked the word "Bahman" - the 11th month of the Persian calendar - from Internet searches within the country, according to an opposition website.

The measure appears to be an effort by Iranian authorities to obstruct access to several websites that are promoting a rally on Monday - the 25th day of Bahman - proposed by Iranian opposition leaders in support of the uprising in Egypt, Saham News reported Saturday.

Two Tehran residents also confirmed the block via e-mail to CNN.

Iranian authorities on Wednesday warned against any attempt by the opposition movement to hold the rally, according to the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency.

"We definitely see them as enemies of the revolution and spies, and we will confront them with force," Revolutionary Guard Cmdr. Hossein Hamedani told IRNA.

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  1. Cesar


    February 12, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. raven

    Well of course . Wouldnt want that pesky revolution in Egypt inspiring people now would we ?

    February 12, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |

    some one had a typo.. they were trying to block 'batman'.. after they seen the george cloony version..

    February 12, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  4. raven

    LOL RUFFNUTT, that movie blew!

    February 12, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |

      why the heck did they need nip ples on the batsuit? plus didnt arnold get a oscar nomination for his portrail of mr.freeze?

      February 12, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Arnold's character was funny in that movie I like Mr. Freeze and Poison Ivy was hilarious..,

      February 12, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. mohsen

    Ayatollah Khamenei should practice what he preaches or shut up once for all..

    February 12, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ahmad

    The storm of revolution which stared in Tunisia will come to Iran very soon. If old farts think people are with them…why not given permission to green movement to rally in support of the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia which is planned for February 14.

    February 12, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ALI

    Khamenei and all of his gangs are next to go to hell. They have been in power for 32 years and destroyed Iran. When they go Islam will go from Persia. Persians will talk their country back from 6th centuries old and uneducated ayatollahs.

    February 12, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  8. leeintulsa

    America should just sit here and smile knowingly

    February 12, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      the eagle is our emblem not a vulture...

      February 13, 2011 at 4:40 am | Report abuse |
  9. Bleh

    Iran blocking anything that might promote free thought and will? Oh my, how shocking.

    February 12, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. The Truth

    Fantastic, couldn't happen to a more deserving dictator. See ya little man with the bad suits. Haha.

    February 12, 2011 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Vala

    I thought Democracy means what the Majority Wants?
    If you look back at the few days ago; the anniversary of the 79 revolution, millions of people came to the street ...
    of-course, the west did not cover it.
    Why don't we have an uprising in USA?
    Jorge W Bush's rating was in 20's
    Obama's rating has not been hot either!
    So, Lets make this country great, then we can go and help others!
    Millions of people have lost their home and now we are fueling M.E. so we can spend some more money on them?

    February 13, 2011 at 6:05 am | Report abuse |
    • L

      Vala, who says that millions of people came to the streets on the anniversary of the revolution? Could you please site the source of your information?
      And yes, Democracy means what the majority wants. What do you think the majority wants in Iran? How can you decide on that when there is no freedom of speech here in Iran?

      February 13, 2011 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
  12. Ehsan

    This is a picture of filtered google search :

    February 13, 2011 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
  13. sawthelight

    When someone gets around to it years from now and asks what changed the face of the free world, you can say computer technology. Internet, cell phone and all its instruments carrying Twitter, Facebook, IM, instantaneous information. The freedom to talk and share ones lives, thoughts, feelings about oneself and others because there is always someone willing to listen. The instruments are easy to use, cheap to buy. It is something that is overtaking the believers of doing things the old way. Like the Santa Ana winds blowing a firestorm towards hundred yr. old homes, You can't stop the fire. You can only sift through the ashes to see if something survived.
    People, this is only the beginning and suppression of this "fire" is not possible. It's going to be a very rocky road. Fasten your seat belts and put your trays away.

    February 13, 2011 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
    • ZB

      3 points: A)The North African military regimes were dead without Western support, and the U.S. & European governments could not go against demonstrations that seemed to be rooted in the values and technology that the West promotes. B)Eastern Bloc Communist regimes fell, much the same way, once the Soviets refused to go against the anti-government demonstrations without the internet & cell phones. It's efficient, well organized information campaigns that do the trick, plus internal & external pressures. Iran's leadership does has the foreign backing in trade, including military technology, regardless of what it does, unlike the collapsed, and collapsing Arab governments. Therefore, its rulers have in the past been willing to go all out to destroy its opponents unlike Egypt. C)For the internet & cell services to be the promoters of the free flow of information they will have to remain neutral.

      February 13, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  14. persi

    In Iran, 20 million thieves are looting the country with the help of their foreign (european,american,russian, turkish, chinese) counterparts and the other 50 million don't have the guts or brains to speak up. In Egypt only a handful of thieves were robbing the people so it was easy to get rid of them

    February 13, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  15. Bibi

    Rather deceptive to use a picture of a pro-government rally to accompany a story about protesters.

    February 13, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • L

      Bibi, this is a picture of an anti-government protest.

      February 13, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bibi

      Where is the color green in this picture?

      February 13, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • L

      This is 3 days after the 2009 election. no1 was wearing green on that day 'casue they were scared of the police. If this was a pro-governemnt protest, ppl would be carrying banners and stuff.

      February 13, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
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