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What happened in Iran?
After a recent election between militant isolationist & Islamist, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and the Reform candidate, Mir-Hossein Mousavi, riots broke out over the widespread suspicion that Ahmadinejad's apparent electoral victory was the result of election fraud:
Hundreds of thousands of people demonstrated today in downtown Tehran at a rally led by Ahmadinejad’s defeated opponent, Mir Houssein Mousavi, who charges widespread fraud in the June 12 vote.
A pro-government militia fired at opposition protesters, killing at least one person, the Associated Press reported, citing one of its photographers, who was a witness. There was no immediate confirmation. The rally took place in defiance of an official ban on public protests.
Because of the unprecedented level of Internet access and web literacy globally and in Iran, the world has had a truly historic level of awareness and involvement in Iran's "Green Revolution" -so-called because it is the color of Mousavi, Islam, and the grassroots network that propelled Mousavi's campaign:
Iranians on Facebook decided to go green. Psychedelic green. The color of Islam, the color of Mousavi and, for many, the color of hope.
The whole color scheme in this election spells poetic justice.
It was basically conditioned by the order in which the presidential candidates went on TV. Ahmadinejad drew red; and Mousavi drew green. As for the "poetic justice" green revolution, it has been driven by an ultra-energized, tech-savvy, and very young grassroots base, crisscrossing every variable, urban and rural, rich and poor, all ethnic minorities, the female vote, and even the hardcore Basij youth militias.
Who is Mousavi?
A former Prime Minister of Iran and 2009's Reform candidate. He is the candidate of free speech, civil liberties, anti-corruption, privatization, Pro-Western/Pro-American foreign policy, a free and private media, gender equality, and the disbandment of Iran's "moral police" and radical nuclear program. A true revolutionary.
What you can do to help
- Set your Twitter account's time zone/location setting to Tehran to confuse government censors, trying to root out and silence Iranian dissent on Twitter.
- Help make protest videos go viral. Search for and watch them on YouTube. Share them with your friends via social media. A great place for updates- including videos, is Andy Sullivan's blog, who has by far provided the best coverage of the Iran protests.
- For the tech-savvy: set up a proxy for Iranian citizen journalists.
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