Friday, July 10, 2009
Yesterday's demonstrations were hugely significant for the movement against the coup d'état government and towards a legitimate government in Iran as this was the first real successful day of demonstration since the crackdowns began on the 20th, when it seemed for a while that all dissent might be quashed and that things might return to "normal", whatever that is. As yesterday proved, the people of Iran aren't interested in taking this sitting down and also seem to have greater numbers than the government expected - after all, 18 Tir was the 10th anniversary of some well-known protests and it was obvious beforehand that there would be demonstrations.
It also resulted in the return of #Iranelection to a position of prominence on Twitter. For the past week or so it had been weakening and fell off the top ten a number of times but returned to almost the very top yesterday and is still on the list of trending topics right now.
U2 is continuing to go with the Iran-based theme for Sunday Bloody Sunday:
Interesting account here from a journalist that was arrested but since released. There seems to be a special standard of treatment for foreign journalists who are very easily capable of spreading word of any mistreatment upon release.
Allaho Akbar and marg bar diktator chants from last night after the demonstrations.
Here's an analysis on the situation that concludes that Iran will never be the same again and that the government has vastly underestimated the will of its people, similar to the first paragraph of this post.
Right now on the front of BBC Persian is the story about Canada having summoned Iran's charge d'affairs in Ottawa to protest the detention of the Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari, who works for Newsweek. Note the video two videos above that shows the treatment of another journalist that was held for a few weeks.