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Could It Be a Spark of Revolution in Iran, or Something much Smaller?

In Foreign Affairs on March 20, 2008 by Editor Z


Iranian President and U.S foe Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

One incident of brave defiance and dissent against an autocratic government does not a revolution for democracy make, but if incidents such as these become more commonplace and unfold in plethora’s within Iran, they could compose something much larger.

This article was off the UPI wireservice (United Press International), but I was directed to Breitbart for it.

Breitbart:

Many Iranian youths rallied in the streets across the country shouting “Death to Amadinejad,” in celebrations marking the end of the Persian Calendar New Year.

The last Wednesday of the Persian calendar is celebrated as the Five Festival in Iran, with bonfires and firecrackers marking the occasion.

In the western city, of Ahvaz, angry mobs declared “freedom is our legitimate right” while demonstrators in the western city of Sanandaj shouted “Death to (Iranian President Mahmoud) Ahmadinejad,” Y netnews reported Wednesday.

The Police in Tehran were out in force and, though they were met with a barrage of firecrackers, the situation didn’t escalate beyond what is typical for the Fire Festival, local reports cited in the news report said.

Ahmad Raza-Radan, the Police Chief in Tehran, warned demonstrators against violating the rule of law in a news conference.

“The Police force has resolved to detain any party-goers who break the law. The secret police will have full control and will not hesitate to photograph citizens for evidence,” he said.

The banning of several more liberal and reformist candidates in the recent Iranian elections, also was likely what fueled part of this fire. After all if denied the ballot, what alternative recourse do the masses have accept for the street?

After all the halls of power might be where the decisions are made, but the forces that deliver statesman to such conditions are often born and adopted by a nation’s citizenry in the streets.


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