Iranians vote ... with their feet!

Iranians are boycotting the regime's "elections", despite official pressure to vote for one of the six regime-approved candidates. This thread at the Free Iran message forum has the details:
The Iranian people have clearly rejected the Islamist regime by overwhelmingly boycotting the Mullah's Election SHOW. The BOYCOTT AGAINST THE MULLAHS HAS A GREAT MESSAGE to the Islamist Regime that they MUST GIVE UP POWER PEACEFULY NOW Or ELSE ....

West of Tehran
Most of the dozen polling stations in western Tehran were either empty or had a handful of voters from 9 a.m. till 11 a.m.
In particular, the station in Poung Square at the corner of Homeyl Street was completely deserted.
Sattarkhan and Sardar-Jangal roads were empty though 10 people were spotted standing in a queue to vote in Sediqiyeh street.


Voting Centre 71
Saddouqi High School in Akbari Street – Six people were spotted, among them three women. (11:30 a.m. local time)

Voting Centres 68 and 69
Imam Hossein Asgary Mosque in Salehi Street – 12 people were seen lined up to vote, among them five women.

Voting Centre 66
Tarasht Prayer Hall – 15 people were seen lined up to vote. Roughly half were women, and youths constituted a handful of them. (11:30 a.m.)

And all the eyewitness reports are pretty much the same, throughout Tehran and the rest of Iran as well. In Mazandaran Province, northern Iran, regime officials are offering bribes of $25 and a free lunch to get people to "vote"!

So it's come to this ... the mullahs of the IRI are reduced to begging people to turn out to vote. Pathetic.

Readers are reminded that all major Iranian opposition groups have designated this weekend as the official beginning of their struggle to take back Iran. Dreams Into Lightning observes (and has noted in the past) that the mid-June timeframe is consistent with all statements coming from Washington regarding Iran in recent months.

Remember the Scott Ritter leak? Here's the April 29 Washington Times:
- Scott Ritter, the controversial ex-Marine turned UNSCOM weapons inspector in Iraq, who correctly predicted there were no WMD in Saddam's arsenal, says the plan to bomb Iran's widely-scattered nuclear installations has been approved by President Bush. Ritter predicts the massive air attack against Iran's nuclear infrastructure will take place next June.

And from the peaceniks there's this:

NEWS: Scott Ritter says US attack on Iran planned for June
Written by Mark Jensen
Saturday, 19 February 2005

... The principal theme of Scott Ritter's talk was Americans’ duty to protect the U.S. Constitution by taking action to bring an end to the illegal war in Iraq. But in passing, the former UNSCOM weapons inspector stunned his listeners with two pronouncements. Ritter said plans for a June attack on Iran have been submitted to President George W. Bush, and that the president has approved them. He also asserted that knowledgeable sources say U.S. officials "cooked" the results of the Jan. 30 elections in Iraq.

On Iran, Ritter said that President George W. Bush has received and signed off on orders for an aerial attack on Iran planned for June 2005. Its purported goal is the destruction of Iran’s alleged program to develop nuclear weapons, but Ritter said neoconservatives in the administration also expected that the attack would set in motion a chain of events leading to regime change in the oil-rich nation of 70 million -- a possibility Ritter regards with the greatest skepticism.

Now recall the increasingly tough rhetoric from Bush and Rice about Iran over the past couple of weeks, especially the past few days. I wouldn't be at all surprised if the Administration has been quietly coordinating with Iranian opposition groups for a period of (at least) several months. In any event, the ultimatum published by Iran of Tomorrow Movement - SOS Iran is pretty clear.

This is why I feel pretty comfortable in saying that the balloon goes up this weekend. Stay tuned.