June 19, 2009

Iranian demonstrators ignore threats

Iran’s protesters are ignoring the intimidation handed out by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei this morning.Instead, Musavi has chosen not to comment, but will instead rally people tomorrow afternoon in Tehran. Below is a statement from an Iranian reformist blog Campaign 88 (this year is 1388 in the Iranian calendar).

Reformist Blog: 'Destiny-Making' Protest March To Go On in Tehran 20 Jun 09
The destiny-making march will take place at 1600 [1130 gmt] on Saturday [20 June] in the company of Messrs [Mehdi] Karrubi, [Mir-Hoseyn] Musavi and [Mohammad] Khatami from Revolution Square towards Azadi ["Freedom" Square].

We call on all the supporters of reform and change to have an overwhelming presence so that their cries are a protest at cheating and lying and backing for it at the highest levels of the system. May the massive crowd make all officials, who do not attach the slightest value to the people's votes, tremble.

Posted by Howard Baskerville at June 19, 2009 10:07 AM

I hope and pray that their courage and numbers will daunt the security forces into respecting human rights--to personal security, dignity, and of course, ultimately, freedom.

Thanks for passing this on, Howard.

Posted by: John Rylander Author Profile Page at June 19, 2009 10:28 AM

I think the weakest link in this mini-revolution is Mousavi himself. He isn't the kind of candidate democracy-minded people would like to rally around.

He has shown some courage, for sure, but I don't think he will take these protests all the way. Once the threats to crack down are carried out, he'll back off, IMO.

Posted by: Edgar Author Profile Page at June 19, 2009 10:30 AM

Good start, Mr. Baskerville.

One question perhaps you would answer. Several supposedly knowledgeable persons have said that if President Obama were to exhibit strong support for the protesters, that act would harm the protest, resulting in Iranians closing ranks against the USA. In your opinion does that thesis hold water?

Posted by: ColdWarWarmHeart Author Profile Page at June 19, 2009 10:31 AM

And still not a peep out of Obama. And how could he, given his stated policy of not "imposing our values" on other people? Unless of course he's imposing his values on Israel. Then it's just fine and dandy to impose.

Obama is quite the revolutionary and agent of change on the homefront. Our country will be hardly recognizable by the end of his second term if he's reelected. But not in Iran! In Iran he's downright reactionary, even referring yesterday to Khamenei as "Supreme Leader." Mustn't impose like Bush did!

Why is it the Left is so addicted to bending over and grabbing their ankles for the scum of the planet, yet so eager to toss our allies to the wolves? This is what appeasement looks like, folks. This is what "change" looks like-- coddle our enemies, throw our allies under the bus.

Obama missed his opportunity to take the high ground Will enjoy watching him "dialogue" with the mullahs after the coming bloodbath. Nothing will better expose the Left for the tyrant-coddling appeasers we know them to be.

Posted by: Carlos Author Profile Page at June 19, 2009 10:35 AM

Looks like the demonstration for tomorrow (June 20th) is on, despite demands from the Supreme Leader to cease, on pain of violence.


Posted by: John Rylander Author Profile Page at June 19, 2009 12:05 PM
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