Wednesday, June 17, 2009

The People United

A shot of the five mile long protest march in Tehran yesterday.Which should pretty much settle the silly and insulting suggestion that this is just a movement of elites and spoiled college students.

The latest stunning almost unimaginable developments: official troops now openly protecting protesters from the murderous violent thugs of the paramilitaries. It is widely believed among Iranians that the hardliners have imported Hezbollah Arabs to suppress the protests with brutality and murder, apparently the soldiers are starting to get tired of being lumped in with them.

Most shocking are reports at Huffington Posts excellent, continuously updated liveblog of all the information available about Iran, that the Clerics council that usually only gathers to replace the Supreme Ayatollah is holding an emergency meeting. This is a shocking blow to the ultimate authority of the Islamic regime and the power behind Ahmadinejad, Ayatollah Khamenei.

Its hard not to feel hopeful that something pivotal and transformative is happening.

UPDATE: Excellent piece about the internal power structures, cliques and movements among the clerics and power elite of Iran. Recommended.

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