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Iran’s Green Movement Anniversary: Opposition Leaders Call Off Protest… A Look Back

11 June 2010 One Comment

June 12 marks the one-year anniversary of the Green Movement in the Islamic Republic of Iran where Iranians initially rose up to protest the fraudulent reelection of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The protests quickly turned into a lethal fight for freedom against Iran’s murderous and oppressive theocracy. For weeks that ran into months, protestors were imprisoned, tortured and killed. Yesterday the Iranian opposition leaders Mir Hussein Moussavi and Mehdi Karroubi issued a joint statement calling off the planned protests intended to commemorate this anniversary. The reason why? They cannot get permits.

Permits aside, will Iranians take to the streets this weekend to protest the theocratic regime? Following is an English translation of the complete statement published on Thursday on Saham News, an opposition Web site:

In the name of God, the Compassionate and the Merciful, to the informed and vigilant people of Iran:
Your informed and conscientious presence and participation at polling stations for the 10th presidential election last year, and your taking advantage of the right to vote extensively, was a great development. It was an everlasting epic that would have moved the country from the dreadful decline in which it was captive, and which today has become more obvious, to a bright future and the climax of prosperity that the great nation of Iran deserves.

But unfortunately, tainted hands falsified your pure votes, and the results were announced in such a way that shocked everyone and initiated the unified protests of you, the informed people of Iran, in order to get back your lost rights.
However, great sadness was felt that your peaceful presence and rallies, instead of being heard and paid attention to, were suppressed, and you — ever-glorious nation — paid dearly over the past year to get back your stolen right.

Your great and unforgettable rally on Khordaad 25 [June 15] of last year is the evidence of the truth that even passage of time cannot reduce its value. The justified expectations of you, dear people, prompted us to request to have a rally for the anniversary of the unforgettable day of 22 Khordaad [June 12], in order to safeguard that stolen legacy and to follow up on the justified demands of a prosperous nation. A nation that, despite attempts at suppression, did not deviate from peaceful ways and hopefully seeks a bright future for its people and their children.

So we submitted a letter of request to the governor of Tehran’s office and the Interior Ministry for a permit to hold a demonstration on the anniversary of the epic 22 Khordaad election — from Imam Hussein Square to Azadi Square. But unfortunately, with endless made-up excuses, this request has remained unanswered. We based our request on Article 27 of Islamic Republic’s Constitution, which clearly states the unconditional right of the people to hold protests and demonstrations, in order to prevent tension.

We did not give any excuses to the oppressors and provided for the safety and security of the people. Likewise, a number of reformist parties and groups — in order to eliminate excuses to use violence — handed in a similar request to the Interior Ministry. The final answer of the Interior Ministry to this request has been stated in the latest letter of the representatives of reformist parties. They have announced that they have no hope of obtaining any permit from this administration.

Now that there are only 48 hours left to the time planned for the demonstration, considering the report of the representatives of reformist parties [who were following up on the request for a permit] and also the safety of the people, we are announcing that the planned demonstrations will not be held.

It is obvious that with the dark history of the past year in repressing the protesters — whose only crime was to demand their vote in a peaceful manner — and also the reports indicating that once again hard-liners and oppressors are being organized to attack defenseless and innocent people, we ask the people and the protesters to demand and follow up on their rightful demands and requests through less costly and more effective methods.

[To the Iranian government:] It is self-deceptive and naive to believe that your assault — with all the threats, insults, and lies — you were able to repress and subjugate the people’s protest movement. Despite the deafening claims of the so-called national TV and radio stations and the pro-government press, giving the impression that the protesting force of the Iranian people’s movement has diminished, the very same individuals involved in these claims, as well as the policy makers, more than anyone realize this fact: the movement is alive.

True honor belongs to those who, despite all the threats and dangers, the insecurities, and knowing the potential life-threatening and financial consequences, still have not given up on their rightful protest. Even the simple announcement of an intention to demonstrate made the oppressors shiver from fear and prompted a wide-scale and comprehensive security and police mobilization.

This is the tradition of an illegitimate government that does not give permits to hold demonstrations to anyone but to their own supporters. But remember that the path that you, the great nation of Iran, have chosen cannot be blocked. And you will brighten your role on this path with creativity and we will be with you and will accompany you until the emergence of the bright morning of tomorrow.
– Mir Hussein Moussavi and Mehdi Karroubi

Meanwhile, as the protestors stood up against the brutal regime, the free world yawned and issued weak statements. President Obama said this at the time: “It is not productive, given the history of US and Iranian relations to be seen as meddling in Iranian elections.”

A look back. This video recaps the June 2009 Iranian Green Revolution

Twitter became the only source of information that could flow outside of Iran. Time and time again the unconfirmed accounts were backed up days later with chilling videos.


From Day 12 we learned on Twitter (verbatim/unedited):

RT @FROM IRAN: It’s Happening again It’s Happening again It’s Happening again! Obama Help Us! Obama Help Us! #iranelection !!!
half a minute ago from TweetDeck
Nur200906: Mr.Khamenei have discredited himself from his title, he is more of a butcher than a man of Qur’an, he should be removed!
smc1225: RT from Iran Allah Akbar. God will punish you Khamenei.
DaveWilliamson3: “In Baharestan we saw militia with axe choping ppl like meat,Blood everywhere- like butcher
possefan: RT Iran Hackers please URGENTLY try to shut down http://www.gerdab.ir – they try to identify ppl! Attack power supply!
rtfromirani: phone line was cut and we lost internet – #Iranelection – getting more difficult to log into net –
sporkdork: RT frm Iran: they pull away the dead into trucks – like factory – no human can do this – we beg Allah for save us –
Tehran. Women. Leading the way. (HT @c4400)
nofailsafe: Baharestan Square Massacre… This is horrible… (cnn via huff. post)
LaKathie: Where is the United Nations? #iranelection
SecPress: Why is #MSNBC going on and on about #Mark-Sanford? Did they miss the whole
misscardigan: RT BBC, CNN etc. should interview successful activists from recent past revolutions for tactics.
raresilk: We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place . . .
khawkins98: Iranian blogger: “they pull away
the dead into trucks – like factory – no human can do this” via NYTimes
Dodio: #IranElection far from over, Tehran crackdown, Mousavi maybe arrested, Strikes planned. The world waits for Obama’s choice of fro-yo :(
Monztar: RT: Hackers please URGENTLY try 2 shut down http://www.gerdab.ir – they try 2 identify ppl! Attack power supply!
dagblad: Iran skapegoating/making excuses over Neda. Their propaganda machine = trans-fucking-parent. lolvincitomnia: Communist China demands Iran protests b shut down Demand boycott of China @whitehouse
Floridagordon: @dietz5244 It’s horrible. My hearts go out to those brave people who stand up to the thugs and despots.
ytakwen: RT IranT Uncnfd: Tajzadeh & Ramezanza. locked up in Evin under sever torture to make them appear in a televised “confession”
LaurieBailey: RT @pudepige this shuld clear up confusion on what is/is not torture
Astheru: RT #iranelection baharestan eye witness said buses being unloaded, ppl thrown off bridges, hundreds with clubs beating everyone like animals
antave: Hell on Earth RIGHT NOW ~Where are our world leaders ? Brave Iranians are spillin’ their blood for freedom:HELP SHINE A LIGHT

June 20, 2009: Neda’s tragic death became the symbol of the Green Revolution and it captured on video the evil of the murderous regime.

Warning: this video is graphic and troubling. Viewer discretion is strongly advised

The 40-second YouTube video carried this description:

At 19:05 June 20th
Place: Karekar Ave., at the corner crossing Khosravi St. and Salehi st.

A young woman who was standing aside with her father watching the protests was shot by a basij member hiding on the rooftop of a civilian house. He had clear shot at the girl and could not miss her. However, he aimed straight her heart. I am a doctor, so I rushed to try to save her. But the impact of the gunshot was so fierce that the bullet had blasted inside the victim’s chest, and she died in less than 2 minutes.
The protests were going on about 1 kilometers away in the main street and some of the protesting crowd were running from tear gass used among them, towards Salehi St.

More twitter posts (verbatim/unedited) from Iran from June 21, 2009

Latests tweets from Free Iran.


Supreme Criminal khamenei “Today the Iranian nation needs calm”.NO TODAY WE WILL MARCH 10TIMES HARDER!
(video) second video surfaces showing ballots being filled http://bit.ly/YELJR #iranelection
12 minutes ago from TweetDeck
This is our country, this is us suffering. No more backing down! NO MORE OPPRESSION!
The Dictators MUST GO.Viva The Revolution.Power to the People.Keep up the Fight!
Brothers&Sisters Go On the streets NOW. Don’t fear Death. Fear only oppression for another 30 years.
RT: Iranians wants FREE ELECTIONS under supervision of UNITED NATIONS
RT: There will be demonstrations today, locations not confirmed. There will be demonstrations today.
Brothers&Sisters Go On the streets NOW. Do not fear Death. Fear only oppression for another 30 years.
US CONGRESS: WE URGE OBAMA TO SPEAK AND CONDEMN THE IRANIAN GOVERNMENT AND THEIR ACTIONS
END THE FUNDAMENTALISM! END THE OPPRESSION! END THE TYRANNY! NO MORE! WE SHALL PAY WITH OUR BLOOD FOR THE FUTURE GENERATIONS!
Khamenei you are HISTORY. We’ll pay with our blood for our Freedom&Democracy VIVA THE REVOLUTION.
Taqallob sandogh-e rayy – Stuffing ballot box –
RT @IranTweet: TO FORWARD – Iranians wants FREE ELECTIONS under supervision of UNITED NATIONS
This is our country, this is us suffering. No more backing down! NO MORE OPPRESSION!
RT @IranTweet: Politiciens de France – Le monde regarde aujourd’hui vers l’Iran http://sn.im/kkenu [iranntv]
WE’VE BEEN BEATN,TORTURD&KILLD FOR THE LAST 30YRS.NOTHING SUPREME LIAR SAYS CAN BREAK OUR WILL FOR FREEDOM
RTf/iran: Keep cellphone conversations at 2 minutes MAXIMUM! Take out the battery when you cell is not needed
RT @IranTweet: Euro demos call for Iran freedom http://sn.im/kkfmw [www_euronews_net]
BEJANG TA BEJANGIM – BEJANG TA BEJANGIM – IN AGARIN JAWABE!!!
WE’VE BEEN BEATN,TORTURD&KILLD FOR THE LAST 30YRS.NOTHING SUPREME LIAR SAYS CAN BREAK OUR WILL FOR FREEDOM
We should hold pictures of Martyrs instead of Mousavi’s pictures.Our Hero’s.U belong 2 Persian History now
WE’VE BEEN BEATN,TORTURD&KILLD FOR THE LAST 30YRS.NOTHING SUPREME LIAR SAYS CAN BREAK OUR WILL FOR FREEDOM
IRANIAN PEOPLE WILL NOT ACCEPT THIS CHARADE! NEITHER WILL THE REST OF THE WORLD! YOU CAN FOOL YOUR MONKEY A’NEJAD BUT NOT US!
RT @Lilchris84 Larg Mobilisation against Khamenei Dictatorship in Iran http://sn.im/kkf77
Ahmadi Ahmadi, Koja Ghajem Shodi?!
BEJANG TA BEJANGIM – BEJANG TA BEJANGIM – IN AGARIN JAWABE!!!
IRANIAN PEOPLE WILL NOT ACCEPT THIS CHARADE! NEITHER WILL THE REST OF THE WORLD! YOU CAN FOOL YOUR MONKEY A’NEJAD BUT NOT US!
What can u say to fam of 13yr old boy died FR gunshots &whose body disappeared
“When dictatorship is a fact, revolution becomes a right.” – Victor Hugo
Supreme Criminal khamenei “Today the Iranian nation needs calm”.NO TODAY WE WILL MARCH 10TIMES HARDER!
We’ll not give up the fight! We have just started! We’re not affraid 2 die! NO MORE SILENCE! #Iranelection
PLEASE RT: IRANIAN SOLDIERS YOU CAN’T BEAT US, SO JOIN US! http://bit.ly/SRmAR , Pass it on!

And as the weeks turned into months, in November 2009, this video emerged. Iranians chanting: “Obama, You’re Either with Them or with Us”


Iran: “Guards beating girls and anyone who comes to help”

11:40 am
Tweets (verbatim/unedited) continued to pour out of Iran.
Here were the latest with video links.


Note the gun fire in the background.

Update from the WSJ: President Obama: America, he said, “seeks a relationship with the Islamic Republic of Iran based upon mutual interest and mutual respect. We do not interfere in Iran’s internal affairs.”

More from Twitter:

  • RT @fahimn: Yare Dabestani sung at NajafAbad Azad Uni 3 minutes ago from TweetDeck
    Reply RT @behzad77 #13Aban: Reports now confirm protests in Kermanshah and Zahedan
    Reply RT @JSLeFanu: RT @Iran_Translator Almost 12 hours on… protests still continue in Iran..< Reply RT @Iran_Translator: I can Partially confirm protests in Mashhad, Ahvaz and Orumieh #iranelection Qom and Lahejan still unconfirmed.
    Reply RT @IranRiggedElect: Gaurds beating girls and anyone who comes to help them
    Reply RT @shokufeyesib2: so @shokufeyesib is in jail (me) I am using this so I cud still tweet…:)
    Reply Golnaz Esfandiari article about today
    Reply RT @freedommesenger: Video: MUSTx10000 SEE. REGIME FORCES BEATS UP A YOUNG GIRL
    Reply RT @Iran_Translator: Confirmed Protests Today: Tehran, Shiraz, Tabriz, Isfahan, Rasht, Arak, Mazandaran.
    Reply RT @Iran_Translator: I can now fully confirm the protest in Isfahan.
    Reply RT @monique2824: RT @ghazal20033 KHAMENEEI MEN WORKING FOR MONEY NOT FOR ANY IDEA
    Reply peace nobel anyone? RT @MexCAN: RT @oculusnonvidit Obama: “We do not interfere in Iran’s internal affairs.”
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