Thursday, July 9

Dust and Roses (3#) -

July 9th is the 10th anniversary of a violent raid on the student dormitory at Tehran University in 1999. People are expected to commemorate the occasion in peaceful marches.

Much of Tehran is shut down supposedly due to air pollution from dust storms. SMS text messaging has been down since Monday. There have been reports of raids on internet cafes. And the basiji are on high alert.

Julian Borger reports that Mojtaba Khamenei, the second son of "the supreme leader," has taken control of the basij vigilantes and that much of his financial assets, believed to be held through shell companies, may have been frozen by the British on 18 June. Ear close to the ground and other assorted rumblings . . .

According to tweets, lawyer Mohammad Ali Dadkhah, a member of the Defenders of Human Rights Center, has been arrested.

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