Though the brutal crackdown in Iran has stopped the large demonstrations and slowed the flow of information from the country, the people have not stopped demanding their rights. They pray that we do not forget them, and ask that you download the .PDF file at Support Democracy in Iran, and spread them around. Put one on your door, post them at local businesses, share with your friends! I know it doesn’t seem like much, but it is one simple thing they have asked us to do. Don’t let the people of Iran and their struggle vanish from sight.
In the clips I’ve seen of the protests today, the marchers seem much more determined, fearless, with a controlled fury in their voices. In some they toss tear gas canisters back at the police. In all of them, they refuse to slow or stop, pressing forward relentlessly. In this clip, they first are shouting “Don’t be scared. Don’t be scared. We are all together.”. And then, clearly, “Death to the Dictator.”
Today the peaceful protests were met with crushing violence. Follow along via the New York Times and/or Andrew Sullivan. CNN’s on-air coverage has been much better this weekend too. WARNING! Very graphic images of violence and death.
I can’t tell you how it moves me to see this river of people marching for their rights. In the videos I see, they are marching in almost complete silence. Today they march again, a march of mourning for those who have been killed.