Reading Mani's posts make me wonder if I am reading about some other city than the one I live in Today is mother's day in Iran and I had to do some last minute shopping, which took around town to various places: Vanak Square, north Vali Asr Avenue, Shahrak Gharb, and the Tirajeh mall in west Tehran. Everything was quite calm and normal. There was some talk about the protests that had taken place yesterday and the election results, but other than a convoy of special forces that was heading east on the Niayesh freeway, I didn't see anything different than what I see on any other work day. I can, however, confirm that twitter and facebook are presently inaccessible and that internet connection is a bit slower than normal. The SMS service is also apparently not working, although I have not tried to use it myself but can confirm I haven't received any SMS messages the past couple of days. As for yesterday's protests, I have to admit I can't talk much about what was happening because I was mostly at home, glued to the tv and internet to get the latest on the election results. The only time I ventued out was to buy cigarettes, which didn't take me far enough to see anything. But the people I have talked to relate some small scale protests and demonstrations dispersed in several locations. The largest protests apparently numbered in the few thousand (3-4 thousand). Btw, it may sound corny, but when the convoy of special forces was moving on Niayesh freeway, a couple of cars honked their horns and waived at them and for some reason the scene made me a bit emotional, making me almost choke with tears. I personally hate the fact that after an election that was so open and so vibrant, a bunch of rumor mongers and sore losers have tried to throw this nation into chaos. Now, to be sure, my opinion will change if I do so see something that indicates these allegations of fraud have some merit, but even then I will always know that 90% of what is being passed along as facts are nothing but bogus rumors, most of them by people who know they are passing along fiction as fact.