The Green Revolution Chapter 5
Even the wristbands of the Green Revolution are evolving rapidly. The latest, shown above, are green and black. The black is a sign of mourning for the movement's martyrs.
Martyrs are important anywhere, but few cultures value them as strongly as the Persian culture. Martyrs were the spark that lead to the Shah's overthrow in 1979. From the first casualties to the Shah's definite ousting, a year passed. It took time, and a series of fatal incidents, before enough eyewitnesses could share testimony of the brutalities the government worked so hard to hide.
That was then. Today news, in the form of gutwrenching images and video of slayings, travels fast. And footage, unlike word of mouth accounts, leaves no room for doubt. Today, everyone is an eyewitness, and no ban on reporting can stop it.
This morning at Friday Prayers, the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei made it very clear that any futher rebellion would be crushed. As busloads of Basij militia unloaded in Tehran, our dissident friends were faced with a crucial decision: surrender and face the certainty of a brutal and unforgiving dictatorship, or prepare to make the ultimate sacrifice in the hope of achieving freedom. It didn't take long for them to decide on the latter, pending confirmation from opposition leaders, most importantly Mousavi, that they would not be alone.
Chapter 5, and the next crucial step in this revolution, begins with this brief but meaningful message:
Please join Mousavi, Khatami and Karoubi tomorrow at 4pm from Enghelab Sq. to Azadi Sq. in Tehran for a crucial green protest #IranElection