Friday, June 12, 2009

High turnout in Iran


Women queuing for today's Presidential election. It was my experience in Iran that you could tell how radical a woman's politics was by the way she dressed. My guess is these are all voting for Mousavi.

It appears there is a high turnout in today's elections in Iran. Some are predicting nearly 80%. This can only help the reformist Mousavi as it was the boycott by the progressive youth of the 2005 election that allowed the underdog and hard line Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to slip in the back door. Iran's young reformers have regretted this ever since. It was Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who as Tehran Mayor in the late 90's led the crackdown on the students marching throughout the capital in support of democracy. Once president he furthered his anti democratic agenda by closing countless pro reform newspapers and magazines. At this stage the main theme of the thousands of young Iranians parading throughout Tehran at this very moment is "anyone but Ahmadinejad".

We will know soon enough if Ahmadinejad's popularity among the rural poor and working class of southern Tehran is enough to withstand the green revolution.

Definitely voting for Mousavi

More trendy Iranians with the symbolic green color indicating their support for Mousavi. I am hearing on the Internet that a 3 kilometer long human chain of Mousavi supporters dressed in green is developing around Tehran city centre.

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