Protests

Iran Says It Will Probe Election Returns

After a quiet start to the day, Iran heated up again on Sunday, with thousands of protesters taking to the rooftops to shout “death to the dictator.” The declared winner of the possibly fixed election, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, dismissed the protests as "passions after a soccer match" and hosted his own rally. Meanwhile, “more than 100 prominent opposition members had been detained,” according to The New York Times. Another protest against Ahmadinejad was planned for Monday, as his opponent, Mir Hossein Mousavi, called on his supporters to continue protesting the election result. In one of the days more provocative reads, Ken Ballen and Patrick Doherty suggest in The Washington Post that the elections may, in fact, reflect the will of the Iranian people: according to a poll they took three weeks before the election, Ahmadinejad was leading by more than 2-to-1.