SocraticGadfly: New Iran election protest springs from nowhere

July 09, 2009

New Iran election protest springs from nowhere

Or so it would seem, on today’s Tehran protest. I think this shows several things.

1. Via Twitter and other electronic means, plus some old-fashioned legwork, protestors have become even more organized than they were a couple of weeks ago.
2. With even older people protesting, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the Basijis have not been able to impose total fear.
3. The protest is spontaneous enough to indicate neither opposition presidential candidate Mir Mousavi nor Grand Ayatollah Rafsanjani is controlling it.
4. It’s still relatively peaceful, but unafraid to fight back.

And, those points all have to be of concern to Khamenei and Ahmadinejad.

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