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PEACE IN IRAN?

19 Jun 2009

Ali Khamenei, who declared Mahmoud Ahmadinejad the victor against opposition leader Mir-Hossein Mousavi in the Iranian elections and demanded that the mass protests stop, has consequently prevented a fair and transparent election. Moreover, the veil thrown over the bloody crackdowns only escalates the urgency of the situation. President of the National Iranian American Council Trita Parsi claimed on CNN that protestors, who have maintained “high” morale and a “peaceful” nature, are suffering vigilante attacks perpetrated by the Basij, the volunteer paramilitary Iranian force under Khamenei’s command. (via niacINsight)

Despite the chaos, the response–online, as well–has been incredible. The sheer volume of twittering, flickr uploads, and blogging I’ve come across is just staggering. Mousavi’s call for institutionalized social justice, equality, freedom of expression, and a move towards a market economy seems to really have struck a chord. But was it successful? It’s all very uncertain right now, and here’s to hoping that some truce is called, and that we soon witness an honest election.

(The Iranian football team wore green bands in their hellishly exciting qualifier match against South Korea for the 2010 World Cup. Green is Mousavi’s campaign color, and the football team does not normally wear green. A sign, maybe? Many Iranians seem to be interpreting it that way.)
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