Friday, July 31, 2009

A Brief Euphoria in Tehran: 'We Can Win This'

Supporters of opposition leader Mir-Hossein Mousavi gather in northern Tehran in this frame grab taken from YouTube on July 30, 2009. YouTube / Reuters

From Time Magazine:

At 4 p.m. the Iranian government broke up an attempted memorial service at a cemetery, but very soon after, tens of thousands of protesters poured into the streets of central Tehran the night of July 30, overwhelming Iran's feared security forces. The crowds burned tires, honked horns, waved peace signs and chanted, "Death to the dictators." Because the demonstrators gathered in several neighborhoods throughout the capital as well as at the country's largest cemetery, 12 miles (20 km) south of the city center, the Basij paramilitary and Revolutionary Guards could not cover enough ground to control the growing crowds — one of the largest outpourings in recent weeks, albeit spread about the city. The protests even continued into the city's subway system as many participants hurried back into the city from the aborted prayer service at Behesht-e Zahra cemetery. "Tehran was our town today," exclaimed a 26-year-old woman. "We had more courage and the police less courage."

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More News On Iran

Iran president: No rift with supreme leader -- AP
Ahmadinejad denies rift with Supreme Leader and attacks conservatives -- Independent
Iran's Ahmadinejad warns rivals their plans will fail -- Reuters
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad denies rift with Iran's clerical leadership -- The Telegraph
Iran FM says Britain, West behind protest deaths -- AFP
Hardline Friday Prayer Leader Throws Down Gauntlet to Opposition -- Voice of America
Iran’s rulers put 30 people on trial for opposition ‘conspiracy’ -- Times Online
Iran at the Crossroads -- New York Times editorial

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