This recently uploaded footage, apparently filmed by an Iranian regime intelligence agent on his phone camera, shows first a handful then, as the camera pans back, a roomful, of fake IDs, all made from the same original ID. The individual who uploaded the footage claims that these have been produced at the regime’s behest for fraudulent use in the upcoming presidential election.
The undated footage, which has been causing outrage among Iranian social media users, offers compelling evidence that the supposedly democratic regime election is, as many Iranians already believe, simply a charade intended to fool the Iranian public and the world.
The hundreds of fake IDs seen here are believed to be only a few of many thousands produced in preparation for fraudulent use, possibly with the original photographs and other details replaced, in order for the regime to claim a far higher voter turnout than the reality. It’s widely believed that these wholly fictitious voters and statistics are then used by the regime to promote its farcical election as a fair and democratic event, which even enjoys a far greater turnout than most genuinely democratic countries.
Reports of such massive fraud by the regime have been widespread for many years, leading to widespread voter boycott of the election, although it is rare for any regime official to be brave enough to upload actual evidence like this footage, given the very real danger for any official who dares to do so.
Need to be noted that public outrage at the controversial victory of incumbent president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Iran’s 2009 presidential elections led to massive protests by supporters of two of his genuinely popular opponents, Mir-Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, in a number of major Iranian cities across the country, which continued into 2010. The protests, which collectively became known as Iran’s ‘Green Movement’ (‘Jonbesh-e Sabz’ in Farsi) in honor of the campaign colour used by Mousavi and as the ‘Iranian Awakening’ in Western media, were brutally crushed by the regime, with thousands of protesters arrested, tortured and in many cases killed. Both candidates have remained under house arrest ever since, an indication of the regime’s real fear of future uprisings.
The Green Movement protests began on the night of June 12, 2009, following the announcement of Ahmadinejad’s victory after he supposedly won almost 60 percent of the votes, despite several major and widely reported irregularities in the voting process. All three opposition candidates publicly asserted that the votes had been flagrantly manipulated and the election rigged to ensure Ahmadinejad’s victory, with two of the candidates, Mohsen Rezaei and Mir-Hossein Mousavi, lodging official complaints about the election results. Mousavi announced that he wouldn’t “surrender to this manipulation” before he lodged his official appeal against the election result with the all-powerful Guardian Council – whose members are all appointed by the Supreme Leader, currently Ayatollah Ali Khamenei – on June 14.