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Images of the Green Revolution


By alina - Posted on 15 June 2009

Images speak a thousand words, so here goes:

Mousavi speaks to protesters in Tehran from the rooftop of a car June 15 2009.

More from today in Tehran:

 

Video from BBC, today in Tehran:

OMG-I am so touched by those photos/images. All those holding up the symbol for peace and hoping (against hope) for it in their hearts.

Alina-sorry to be selfish, but I'm glad you must postpone your trip because I truly appreciate your updates and links to what is happening. Some will try to brush this off as a "meaningless few just bitter about losing an election"-but these photos tell the true story of the passions and dreams for the future of Iran.

It's riveting, isn't it? I'm starting to really get the feeling these kids are gonna make it!

And what a relief after worrying so much this morning...

Tweet from StopAhmadi:

Mousavi: "these masses were not brought by bus or by threat. they were not brought for potatoes.they came themselves"

I'm getting most of these images so far from Andrew Sullivan's Daily Dish.  

According to MSNBC, shots fired. At least one confirmed dead, many injured. Such extreme violence will only hurt their cause and boost Mousavi's resistence/calls for an investigation. A shocked international audience will not just watch this all passively. We observe in agony.

TEHRAN, Iran - Shots were fired Monday at a rally by pro-reform presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi, apparently by pro-government militia.

An Associated Press photographer saw one person shot dead and several others who appeared to be seriously wounded in Tehran's Azadi Square. The shooting came from a compound for volunteer militia linked to Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard.

"There has been sporadic shooting out there ... I can see people running here," added a reporter of Iran's English-language Press TV.

 

Many tweets about a march to Khamenei's home tonight. Stay tuned. If this is true, then things are escalating even more rapidly than I thought.

Amazing.

My first thought when I saw the pictues, well second thought after "WOW", was "Powerful"...

Thank you again Alina.

I posted a thread yesterday about all of this and the Links Alina gave us the past 3 days, on the Braves board but it got deleted after a few hours. Not sure why yet politics are discussed in the off topic section all the time...

I was thinking about something else pretty interesting. Think how the internet and satellite's have been used to keep this thing in the media and getting the reports out. This is such a major tool now because it makes it so much more difficult to hide things. You think the holocaust could happen in today's media age? Never. Too many camera's, internet access, satellite phones, video, cell phones etc. As much some worry about the whole "big brother" thing, in this age it makes it that much harder to hide things that deal with ordinary citizens and a government.  

Another big thing it brings us is the total hypocricy of people is so much easier to watch and catalog. It's a big part of the problem with what the GOP says 2/3 of the time.

I know, isn't it wonderful? I'm working on starting a blog about just that. We are a very fortunate generation, and should never take this incredible advantage for granted.

Millions. This is but a part of the crowd that stretched 5 miles.

The last photo brought tears to my eyes. I agree that the internet is a better weapon than all those "real" ones in the pro-government hands. If they truly achieve change, which seems far-fetched but certainly possible, the internet will be hailed the victor of democracy.
I know that it's important for a political leader to be seen by all of his followers, but still...

Please stay down and out of line-of-sight, Mr. Mousavi! I've seen enough assassinations in my lifetime.

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It's sad that we've reached a point where 'government service' is a dirty word... If we're the greatest country on earth, maybe we can have the greatest government.

Lewis Black

If they kill Mousavi, they're signing their own death warrants. He gets uplifted to martyr status and it's over for the regime.
That may have been true in Pakistan, but in a much more repressive regime a la Iran? With Lebanese reinforcements?
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It's sad that we've reached a point where 'government service' is a dirty word... If we're the greatest country on earth, maybe we can have the greatest government.

Lewis Black

If these reports are true, as well as a number of confirmed reports of reformist Mullahs rebelling, I think they stand a pretty good chance, as long as they act quickly before Khamenei gets more foreign reinforcements.
Just so we're clear, I'm not dismissing the possibility that Mousavi survives and/or his supporters succeed in regime change. I'd just rather see a revolution in the vein of breaking the Berlin Wall than, say, late 18th-century France. The way Khamenei and Ahmadinejad are handling this, however, I fear more blood will be spilled.
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It's sad that we've reached a point where 'government service' is a dirty word... If we're the greatest country on earth, maybe we can have the greatest government.

Lewis Black

I agree.

Tonight in Tehran

 

I was curious, because we only see the people in the cities on the news, what Iran looked like as far as the landscape. I found this cool site that has countries and photos of them.

http://www.bamjam.net/index.html

 

Iranian soccer players at the Iran-South Korea game.

They're wearing green wristbands in support of the Green Revolution!

 

Latest twitter reports say that today's protest is huge again.

What a beautiful essay from a young Iranian!

http://tehranbureau.com/2009/06/16/1984/

That brought tears to my eyes, GOD i hope they prevail.

From the soccer game

Cool!

Persian Lessons

Slate answers Suzi's question.

 

My thanks to Slate.  That makes sense, and I was curious about that.  Thanks alina.

From CNN. Did you see that several members of the Iranian soccer team wore green wrist bands to show support? Wow-talk about open defiance. I'm sure they know the possible consequences-these are brave, passionate warriors.

 

The Daily Show aired their first segment of Jason Jones in Iran. They actually sent him there right before the election not knowing that what is happening now, would happen. I showed a clip of Jason Jones actually at an Ahmadinejad rally last week. And another clip of him on a motorcycle escaping the protests while calling Jon names. LOL

Anyway, this clip was really good, funny, and cringworthy BECAUSE of what Jason says no Iranians. ( :

It shows more reminders how much closer the two countries all are in terms of how we live and what we want and aspire to in life. Respect being a key word. 

Mousavi was the prime minister when Khomeini was alive

I don´t know what "moderate" means in Iran? When the last ruling moderate president Khatami came to Europe he refused to touch any women (ministers and heads of state include)

Not touching women is a cultural/religious thing in the Islamic world, Xavi, and not an insult at all.

Unlike the Italian leader who seems to have a problem with touching too many girls, er, I mean women...lol  (Sorry, in light of recent news from there, I couldn't resist that one.)

ROFLMAO, Suzi!

At least this whole hopeful Iran situation has put a huge damper on my interest in what that repugnant being has been up to. It's nice to take a break from that.

;-D  The recent birthday party for an 18 year old was a bit over the top...lol

As they say, you ain't seen nothing yet...

LOL...well, I couldn't see all of it because of strategic black bars used for modesty on American cable news ..;-D  The hilarious thing to me is him saying his wife owes him an apology....lol 

What else??

Comic Relief:

 

 

Today in Tehran:

Crazy infidel rabble-rousing college kids!

Lots more where these pics came from: link

 

Here's hoping we get to hear Khamenei or Ahmadinejad saying "And I would've pulled it off if it weren't for you meddling kids!"
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It's sad that we've reached a point where 'government service' is a dirty word... If we're the greatest country on earth, maybe we can have the greatest government.

Lewis Black

LOL

Here's a great link with many photos that show how this movement really spans generations and walks of life:

http://www.payvand.com/news/09/jun/1195.html

Comic Relief (and God knows we need it tonight): From the Atlantic

LOL! 

"Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so." -- Douglas Adams

Dr Seuss is spinning in his grave.

That was funny!

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