Iran – 80% Turnout
From an interview with Ebrahim Yazdi, leader of Iran's banned Freedom Movement. An eighty-percent turnout? Does Iran want freedom? If that number's accurate, clearly they want something.
Tehran, Asharq Al-Awsat – In this interview, Asharq Al-Awsat speaks to Ebrahim Yazdi, head of Iran’s banned Freedom Movement, in the aftermath of Iran’s presidential elections.
Q) Are you surprised at the reaction of supporters of the reformist current who have taken to the streets of Tehran in protest against the results of the recent election?
A) I must admit I was surprised. I did not expect the reaction to be this big and that protests against the violations that took place in the elections would spread so far. There are some very important signs and we should take note of two things in particular: firstly, that over 80 per cent [of eligible voters in Iran] voted in the elections and this has never happened before in Iran.