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18 June 2009 @ 08:31 am
Politics, and serious for once, and not Italian.  
So, I haven't said a thing here about this mainly because it'd have turned into some ugly rant. Not to mention that if I think about this and then about the next voting round here on Sunday I want to throw up and for once I feel grateful for my country, but that's a whole other issue. I've done everything that was advised to help on Twitter and I'm gladly re-posting this hoping that meanwhile someone does organize some march or something here because I'd love to do something that isn't just over the Internet. I don't know when I'll answer to any comments because of my exam tomorrow but I will at some point. Re-posting this from another journal where things were phrased definitely better than I ever could phrase them.

If you are reading this right now, you have more luxury than someone in Iran could ever hope for right now. If you are watching TV or a video on youtube, updating your status on Facebook, Tweeting, or even texting your friend, you are lucky. If you are safe in your home, and were able to sleep last night without the sounds of screaming from the rooftops, you need to know and understand what is happening to people just like you in Iran right now.

They are not the enemy. They are a people whose election has been stolen. For the first time in a long time, a voice for change struck the youth of Iran, just as it did for many people in the United States only seven months ago. Hossein Mousavi gained the support of millions of people in Iran as a Presidential candidate. He stands for progressiveness. He supports good relations with the West, and the rest of the world. He is supported with fervor as he challenges the oppressive regime of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

On Friday, millions of people waited for hours in line to vote in Iran's Presidential election. Later that night, as votes came in, Mousavi was alerted that he was winning by a two-thirds margin. Then there was a change. Suddenly, it was Ahmadinejad who had 68% of the vote - in areas which have been firmly against his political party, he overwhelmingly won. Within three hours, millions of votes were supposedly counted - the victor was Ahmadinejad. Immediately fraud was suspected - there was no way he could have won by this great a margin with such oppposition. Since then, reports have been coming in of burned ballots, or in some cases numbers being given without any being counted at all. None of this is confirmed, but what happened next seems to do the trick.

The people of Iran took the streets and rooftops. They shout "Death to the dictator" and "Allah o akbar." They join together to protest. Peacefully. The police attack some, but they stay strong. Riots happen, and the shouting continues all night. Text messaging was disabled, as was satellite, and websites which can spread information such as Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, and the BBC are blocked in the country. At five in the morning, Arabic speaking soldiers (the people of Iran speak Farsi) stormed a university in the capital city of Tehran. While sleeping in their dormitories, five students were killed. Others were wounded. These soldiers are thought to have been brought in by Ahmadinejad from Lebanon. Today, 192 of the university's faculty have resigned in protest.

Mousavi requested that the government allow a peaceful rally to occur this morning - the request was denied. Many thought that it would not happen. Nevertheless, first a few thousand people showed up in the streets of Tehran. At this point, it is estimated that 1 to 2 million people were there. Mousavi spoke on the top of a car. The police stood by. For a few hours, everything was peaceful. Right now, the same cannot be said. Reports of injuries, shootings, and killings are flooding the internet. Twitter has been an invaluable source - those in Iran who still know how to access it are updating regularly with picture evidence. People are being brutally beaten. Tonight will be another night without rest for so many in Iran no older than I am. Tonight there is a Green Revolution.

For more information:
here and here
Here - near constant updates
Here - ONTD_political live post
@StopAhmadi, @ProtesterHelp

دنیارابگوییدچطورآنهاانتخاباتمان دزدیده اند
Tell the world how they have stolen our election

- original post by one_hoopy_frood
feeling: cynicalcynical
bullet to the beast: GREEN FOR IRANthevinegarworks on June 18th, 2009 08:09 am (UTC)
Thank you bb. I'm glad this is making its way around LJ.
the female ghost of tom joad: politicsjanie_tangerine on June 19th, 2009 02:23 pm (UTC)
I'm glad too, I really hope that things don't turn out the way I'm fearing. *sigh*
Lady Macbeth: Milk Yes!ladymacbeth77 on June 18th, 2009 08:31 am (UTC)
Bellissimo post <3
E speriamo che il futuro veda la democrazia in Iran...
the female ghost of tom joad: milkjanie_tangerine on June 19th, 2009 02:24 pm (UTC)
Speriamo di sì davvero, e meglio che non penso agli affari nostri. *cough* *headdesk*
Laura: causes: free Iranpolvodestrella on June 18th, 2009 10:22 am (UTC)
Amazing post.
Laura: causes: free Iranpolvodestrella on June 18th, 2009 12:24 pm (UTC)
By the way, I've taken this for my LJ, saying I found it in your LJ and with credit to the riginal poster. Hope that's ok.
the female ghost of tom joad: politicsjanie_tangerine on June 19th, 2009 02:24 pm (UTC)
Of course it's okay! I did the same thing you did, lol, so that's great.
elliotsmelliotelliotsmelliot on June 18th, 2009 10:49 am (UTC)
This was posted earlier this week on my flist. It's a very eloquent post and useful for getting people inspired.

Good luck on your exam!
the female ghost of tom joad: tangerinesjanie_tangerine on June 19th, 2009 02:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you, it went well!

And I had seen it too, but I really wanted to re-post it. The more it gets around the better it is.
valhalla37: pic#90023411valhalla37 on June 18th, 2009 01:58 pm (UTC)
It's too early for me to coherently gather my thoughts on this, but excellent journal re-post -- it was a great read. I've been following this as well, and it's just incredible (in an awful, terrible way) to imagine what it's like being over there right now, and what those people are dealing with.
the female ghost of tom joad: lost -> generaljanie_tangerine on June 19th, 2009 02:28 pm (UTC)
It really is a great post, I had been wanting to re-post it since I had seen it. And yeah, awful and completely crazy and I just hope it doesn't end like I fear. And I wish I could do something. *sigh*
valhalla37: pic#89563734valhalla37 on June 19th, 2009 04:09 pm (UTC)
Well, acknowledging what's happening and being informed is the first step, right?

It's also been really interesting -- if I can use a word so detached for something that's affecting so many lives -- to follow it from a media and censorship perspective. Media's my professional industry, so it's crazy to see what's being done -- and what's coming out of that situation -- that couldn't have before the advent of things like Twitter.
catoasapuncatoasapun on June 19th, 2009 03:02 am (UTC)
Oh, I saw this a couple days ago and it really touched me.

Doesn't lose it's impact the second or third time.

the female ghost of tom joad: supernatural castieljanie_tangerine on June 19th, 2009 02:28 pm (UTC)
Nope, definitely doesn't. *sigh* I just hope it doesn't end like I fear.