Revolution in Iran

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A Young Girl Shot Dead

Posted by iranrevolution on June 20, 2009

WARNING: The link in this post is graphic and gruesome.

I am sitting in the comfort of my study and writing blogs which in a very small way I hope will contribute in toppling the oppressive regime of Iran. I am asking my fellow countrymen to go out on the streets and ask for what should be their birthright, freedom.

But as I watch in horror and disbelief the last moments of a young girl dying in the streets of Tehran I wonder if we are entitled to ask our fellow countrymen to become martyrs so that the rest of us can once again be free. Yes I have doubts, great doubts. I am, like so many of my fellow countrymen sick and tired of a nondemocratic autocratic repressive regime that discredits Iran in the world and deprives its citizens from basic human rights. Dare I utter a simple truth: We all want to live our lives freely! This should be a right given to every human being by birth. There should not be a price to pay for being free. There should not be! Still, in Iran today, we are witnessing the indiscriminate killings of our fellow countrymen for the crime of being freedom lovers. And I am wondering, do I want to see even one more of my beloved countrymen to fall victim by the hands of this evil, vicious and cruel regime and its foot soldiers? Am I in a way responsible for the death of this girl?

It is a truly sad day for all of us. Please, never ever forget her. Promise to remember her as if she was your sister.

With a heavy heart…

Update 2009-06-22

Some people have suggested that this video is a fake. In a way I wished that these people were right but I am sad to say that the girl in this video, Neda Agha Soltan was indeed shot by the Basij and that the video clip is authentic. BBC Persian interviewed Neda’s fiancé and some of the initial information, such as the man in blue being Neda’s father is corrected. That man is in fact Neda’s teacher. Neda is now buried at Behesht Zahra cemetery. May she rest in peace. Her lot is 32 41 257.

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Keeping the momentum

Posted by iranrevolution on June 17, 2009

We did it once, didn’t we? Who would have ever thought that the regime of Shah would crumble? For those of you, who were too young to remember, ask your parents if they ever cried “Javid Shah” and I bet you that the answer is an ashamed yes. And in despite of that, that everyone at some point looked up to this towering figure, we toppled him, him with his army and his secret police and his great backers. So what is there to stop us now?

Guns and bullets of course. The regime has already shown its ugly face by killing at least sixteen people. This time around one needs not to search long on sites like YouTube to find images of atrocities. But perhaps that itself is the reason why we should once and for all get rid of tyrants whose most devoted followers are more than happy to shoot and kill their fellow countrymen for the crime of being of different mind. For how long shall we accept to be governed by unelected figures? For how long shall we accept that our candidates must first be vetted? When can WE decide who is going to govern us? When are we going to have a government that has the highest power in the country and is at the same time accountable for all its actions?

How often do we get the chance to ouster the dictator? Last time it was July 9, 1999. That is TEN years ago. Let us not loose this opportunity. Let us keep the momentum.

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