Saturday, July 18, 2009
The other post is getting pretty long and I wanted this video to get some more attention. It's the best one I've seen from today so far, in spite of the camera moving around quite a bit. Note not just how many people are marching, but all the people on the sidelines filming too. That's why we've been able to see more than 100 videos of these protests compared to just a few during each protest in June.
Mohsen Sazegara seems to be contributing here as he always, always makes sure to emphasize taking pictures and videos when out on the streets. The other reason for this is probably just practice. Not just marching and taking pictures and videos but also avoiding basij, running away then regrouping right away nearby to continue the protests, knowing to blow smoke in people's eyes to disperse tear gas, etc. The crackdowns simply aren't as scary as they seemed on the 20th of June when they began, because along with the protests on the 9th and those today, there doesn't seem to be any sign of them ending.
I think I remember Peiknet saying that 30 Tir (21 July) is also an important day in that Mossadegh became Prime Minister then, so it's an important day for democracy. Can't remember if they predicted mass protests then though.