Iranian demonstrators won’t be silenced
UPDATE: Tuesday, June 16 — Reportedly seven people were killed at the Monday rally.
My heart goes out to the Iranian people. They were so excited, so enthusiastic about their election and what looked like a very real opportunity to vote in a new era for their nation.
Then the repressive Iranian government moved in and began jamming electronic communications and shutting down social networking, print media, and international reporting. The dust had not yet settled when the winner was announced — Ahmadinejad. Forty million handwritten ballots had been counted in a matter of hours. Suspicious, to say the least.
Hundreds of thousands of Mousavi supporters rallied today in Tehran for a third day of protest as the world watches and waits to see how the matter is resolved. There’s nothing outsiders can or should do, but as unarmed students continue to challenge the power and authority of their government, one can’t help but wish them well.
The only real surprise so far is that the demonstrations have been allowed to continue for this long; dictators generally don’t tolerate embarrassing public opposition. I’d love to see the people of Iran win this one.