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17th-Jun-2009 12:14 pm

If you are reading this right now, you have more luxury than someone in Iran could ever hope for right now. If you are watching TV or a video on youtube, updating your status on Facebook, Tweeting, or even texting your friend, you are lucky. If you are safe in your home, and were able to sleep last night without the sounds of screaming from the rooftops, you need to know and understand what is happening to people just like you in Iran right now.

They are not the enemy. They are a people whose election has been stolen. For the first time in a long time, a voice for change struck the youth of Iran, just as it did for many people in the United States only seven months ago. Hossein Mousavi gained the support of millions of people in Iran as a Presidential candidate. He stands for progressiveness. He supports good relations with the West, and the rest of the world. He is supported with fervor as he challenges the oppressive regime of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

On Friday, millions of people waited for hours in line to vote in Iran's Presidential election. Later that night, as votes came in, Mousavi was alerted that he was winning by a two-thirds margin. Then there was a change. Suddenly, it was Ahmadinejad who had 68% of the vote - in areas which have been firmly against his political party, he overwhelmingly won. Within three hours, millions of votes were supposedly counted - the victor was Ahmadinejad. Immediately fraud was suspected - there was no way he could have won by this great a margin with such oppposition. Since then, reports have been coming in of burned ballots, or in some cases numbers being given without any being counted at all. None of this is confirmed, but what happened next seems to do the trick.

The people of Iran took the streets and rooftops. They shout "Death to the dictator" and "Allah o akbar." They join together to protest. Peacefully. The police attack some, but they stay strong. Riots happen, and the shouting continues all night. Text messaging was disabled, as was satellite, and websites which can spread information such as Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, and the BBC are blocked in the country. At five in the morning, Arabic speaking soldiers (the people of Iran speak Farsi) stormed a university in the capital city of Tehran. While sleeping in their dormitories, five students were killed. Others were wounded. These soldiers are thought to have been brought in by Ahmadinejad from Lebanon. Today, 192 of the university's faculty have resigned in protest.

Mousavi requested that the government allow a peaceful rally to occur this morning - the request was denied. Many thought that it would not happen. Nevertheless, first a few thousand people showed up in the streets of Tehran. At this point, it is estimated that 1 to 2 million people were there. Mousavi spoke on the top of a car. The police stood by. For a few hours, everything was peaceful. Right now, the same cannot be said. Reports of injuries, shootings, and killings are flooding the internet. Twitter has been an invaluable source - those in Iran who still know how to access it are updating regularly with picture evidence. People are being brutally beaten. Tonight will be another night without rest for so many in Iran no older than I am. Tonight there is a Green Revolution.

For more information:
here and here
Here - near constant updates
Here - ONTD_political live post
@StopAhmadi, @ProtesterHelp

دنیارابگوییدچطورآنهاانتخاباتمان دزدیده اند
Tell the world how they have stolen our election

- original post by </a></b></a>one_hoopy_frood

Milk (Harvey)
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18th-Jun-2009 04:56 am (UTC)
Just trying to do my part to get the word out =). A friend of mine posted it and I knew I couldn't word it any better.

V for Vendetta makes for some good quotes and ideas about government ;D.
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18th-Jun-2009 04:55 am (UTC)
I don't, sorry =\. Maybe try contacting the original poster? I know this and the second part have some amazing pictures,though.
18th-Jun-2009 10:26 pm (UTC)
Actually, I didn't even realize, there's a link for pictures at the bottom of the post! So here's the one with a huge version of the woman in pink =P.
17th-Jun-2009 09:35 pm (UTC)
Awesome postage. ♥
18th-Jun-2009 04:53 am (UTC)
Never would've gotten all caught up in this if it wasn't for you =).
17th-Jun-2009 11:11 pm (UTC)
Wow, great post. That must've been heartbreaking. I'm glad to hear the Iranians aren't taking this lying down.
18th-Jun-2009 04:52 am (UTC)
It's inspiring, isn't it?
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18th-Jun-2009 04:51 am (UTC)
True; someone brought up the point that it's not like he's some HUGE reformer or anything - he was still approved to run in the first place. I think the main thing is that people want their votes to count and to matter, the people aren't the main focus.

I know, right... =\
18th-Jun-2009 01:52 am (UTC)
I thought this quote was appropriate:

"When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty."

Guess whooo?
18th-Jun-2009 04:48 am (UTC)
Good ol' Thomas Jefferson ;D. My friend posted a V for Vendetta quote on Facebook and someone responded with your quote.
18th-Jun-2009 01:54 am (UTC)
One of my friends returned to Iran after finishing her Master's, she returned to this. we havent been able to get through to her since the phone bans but we do know she went to the protests and was beaten badly by police. Gods but we have it lucky in the 1st world
18th-Jun-2009 04:47 am (UTC)
I hope she's okay =\. Let me know if you hear anything more about her ♥ .

I know, I take it for granted. I think we all do.
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