Sakset/Fra hofta

Depresjonen har satt inn i Teheran. Volden gjorde utslaget til fordel for regimet, men seierens frukter er bitre: den kom gjennom knebling og knekting av folket.

Regimet har innlatt seg på et farlig nullsum-spill: regimets gevinst er folkets tap. Folket er blitt hovedmotstander.

Folk skjønner denne oppstillingen:

«People are depressed, and they feel they have been lied to, robbed of their rights and now are being insulted,» said Nassim, a 56-year-old hairdresser. «It is not just a lie; it’s a huge one. And it doesn’t end.»

Det går rykter om at regimet planlegger «tilståelser»: at arresterte demonstranter står frem på TV og forteller hvordan de ble lurt og presset. Skylden skal legges på ledere som Mousavi og utenlandske krefter, Mossad og CIA.

Dette stalinistiske trekket var flittig i bruk under Khomeini, og gjorde et uhyggelig inntrykk på folk. Det signaliserte at motstand er nytteløst.

Man har allerede sett de første tegn på slike metoder:

Amid rumors that the government was beginning to force confessions — a tactic leaders have used in the past to tarnish dissidents’ reputations — the IRNA news agency reported that a jailed journalist had said reformist politicians were to blame for the recent protests.

The journalist, Amir-Hossein Mahdavi, was the editor of a reformist newspaper close to Mr. Moussavi that was shut down before the election.

Nok et tegn på at regimet foreløpig vinner frem var en meldig fra the Expediency Council som var spak og ettergivende. Rådet ledes av Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, og kan tyde på at han er i mindretall med sitt syn eller har inngått et modus vivendi med regimet.

The Expediency Council, headed by former President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, issued a statement that called the supreme leader’s decision the final word on the election, although it did say the government should investigate voting complaints «properly and thoroughly.»

Men den mest interessante opplysningen i Nazila Fathis situasjonsrapport finnes i et intervju med en konfeksjonshandler ved navn Mahtab i det sørlige Teheran.

Like many others who spoke, Mahtab said she was depressed by what she had seen since the election. She said that she was not a political person and had not even voted June 12, but that the repression on the streets was «beyond belief.»

«I am disgusted, and wish I could leave this country,» she said.

She said she had seen a paramilitary officer outside the shop hit a middle-aged woman in the head so hard that blood streamed down the woman’s forehead.

When Mahtab and her colleagues tried to leave the shop to go home, she said, the forces began clubbing them while shouting the names of Shiite saints. «They do this under the name of religion,» she said. «Which religion allows this?»

In Tehran, a Mood of Melancholy Descends