June 21st, 2009

Che-aa

For the sake of contrast:

Natarsim, natarsim; ma hameh ba ham hastim.

"We must not be frightened; we are all together."



A voice from central Tehran earlier this morning (Sunday 21 June):

If Obama moves to support the demonstration in strong terms, this camp will lose and Ahmadinejad will gain ground; also it is not good to make an American domestic issue from an Iranian domestic issue. Yesterday was brutal, but not as brutal we still do not know how many were killed, but from the set up of the riot police it is apparent that they want to keep people off street with the least casualty possible. This is not a praise, it is to say that government does not want to escalate things.

If there is no demonstration today it does not mean it is over. This is just the beginning. The focus is on having an election.

You must see the people, this is a people united, all groups and sections are out there, war veterans, old revolutionaries, housewives. The first girl I saw beaten yesterday was wearing a chador, this is not a western thing here, this is a domestic issue in which Iranian people have the right to demand a new election.


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