This article from Forbes on Thursday provides recent background on Rafsanjani's case.
Rafsanjani, known in many circles as the Godfather, responded in kind with an open letter to the supreme leader demanding punishment for the aggression. That was perhaps the fuel on the fire for the streets. The anti-Ahmadinejad protesters felt more secure and confident after the division among the ruling elite became public and the streets went wild with human chains and slogans demanding Ahmadinejad's resignation.
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Just uploaded to YoutTube, this video shows Iranian police and Revolutionary Guards (Bassiji) CLEARLY running away from the protesters.
Cliff here reporting for famous (around here :)) Iranian exile and writer Payman here in Salt Lake City.
Update Note: Payman Jahanbin is the gentleman doing the heavy lifting here. Let me take this opportunity to let you know that he will be publishing a super funny non-fiction book about his life teaching in Salt Lake City, Utah and the politics of Iran. Its called Camel Jockey Go Home. I hope you 'll go there and read a few chapters as we post them.
The title of the video is "Demonstrators Election Announcement."
The guy in the white shirt in the center of the frame at 7 seconds in is 'plain clothes guard.'
We will continue to post video from 'the inside' as they come up.
American news outlets such as NBC are reporting that the police are keeping things under control, but we are hearing and seeing otherwise.
Iranians expect Khamenei will begin rounding up the more visible activist but also current public officials who did not support Ahmadinejad.
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