Iran Updates

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on June 26, 2009

I see that despite the Obama Administration’s efforts to be non-imperialistic, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is accusing the United States of being imperialistic! You just can’t win with the regime. Maybe it is time to stop trying to.

When it comes to trying to put international pressure on the regime for its recent abuses, the Russians are predictably unhelpful. This comes as little surprise; no one actually believes that the Russians will allow the West to intervene in what the Russians perceive to be Iran’s internal affairs–especially given Iran’s geographic proximity to Russia. But this may come back to bite the Russians. After all, does anyone really believe that the regime will not hesitate to incite Islamic fundamentalism in the former Soviet Union if it has the chance to do so?

Clearly, the days of street protests in Iran are done for the moment. But that does not mean the end of protests or dissent altogether. It is, of course, imperative for the protest movement to find other ways to express its opposition to the actions of the Iranian government. But the protesters are finding ways to demonstrate their justified outrage:

To avoid violent suppression of street protests, people are turning to other ways of expressing dissent. Echoing a symbol of defiance to the shah, the ritual of 10 p.m. rooftop shouts of “God is great” and new chants of “Death to the dictator” has been growing stronger by the day.

Some people have begun to identify and embarrass plainclothes agents by circulating photographs of those who infiltrated protests and beat demonstrators. And protesters have pledged to release thousands of green and black balloons on Friday in memory of those killed in the clashes.

Perhaps the Obama Administration would like to lend some more support for these efforts? Just sayin’. As mentioned above, we are going to be called “imperialists” anyway.

A whole lotta trackin’ goin’ on. See the 7 pm update. Now you know why I am so worried. The trashy always works to take attention away from the substantive, doesn’t it?

And finally, this:

The doctor who tried to save an Iranian protester as she bled to death on a street in Tehran has told the BBC of her final moments.

Dr Arash Hejazi, who is studying at a university in the south of England, said he ran to Neda Agha-Soltan’s aid after seeing she had been shot in the chest.

Despite his attempts to stop the bleeding she died in less than a minute, he said.

Video of Ms Soltan’s death was posted on the internet and images of her have become a rallying point for Iranian opposition supporters around the world.

Dr Hejazi also told how passers-by then seized an armed Basij militia volunteer who appeared to admit shooting Ms Soltan.

Dr Hejazi said he had not slept for three nights following the incident, but he wanted to speak out so that her death was not in vain.

He doubted that he would be able to return to Iran after talking openly about Ms Soltan’s killing.

Commentary is superfluous.

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