June 15th, 2009
11:14 AM ET

From now on, democracy doesn't exist anymore

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/WORLD/meast/06/15/iran.elections.qa/art.rally.afp.gi.jpg caption="Supporters of President Ahmadinejad wave flags at a massive rally in Tehran Sunday to celebrate his victory"]

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

Iranian officials say the June 12 presidential vote was free and fair. But reformists are crying foul and some even say a "coup" took place in Iran. RFE/RL correspondent Golnaz Esfandiari spoke to a 29-year-old journalist who works for one of Iran's moderate daily newspapers. She did not want her named to be used because of security fears.

RFE/RL: What happened in Iran or what is happening in Iran? Some call it a coup, while others describe it as an epic and a “people’s election." What is your view as a journalist who is in Tehran?

Iranian Journalist: The important event that took place in Iran is that it wasn’t an election; it was a coup d’etat. [They] stole 24 million votes of the nation and took them away for themselves. If there were really a winner, they would have to celebrate, but instead they beat people. They performed a coup, but they don’t call it a coup.


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