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Iran Has an Uprising of Its Own

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Posted on Feb 14, 2011

Inspired by demonstrations elsewhere in the Middle East, hundreds of thousands of Iranian protesters stormed the streets of Tehran on Monday, some chanting “Death to the dictator.” It’s the first major show of people power since opposition leaders accused President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of stealing the 2009 election.

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TEHRAN, Iran—Clashes between Iranian police and hundreds of thousands of protesters wracked central Tehran on Monday as security forces beat and fired tear gas at opposition supporters hoping to evoke Egypt’s recent popular uprising.

The opposition called for a demonstration Monday in solidarity with Egypt’s popular revolt that a few days earlier forced the president there to resign after nearly 30 years in office. The rally is the first major show of strength for Iran’s cowed opposition in more than a year.

Police used tear gas against the protesters in central Tehran’s Enghelab, or Revolution, square and in Imam Hossein square, as well as in other nearby main streets. Demonstrators responded by setting garbage bins on fire to protect themselves from the stinging white clouds.

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By Julie Kinnear, February 16, 2011 at 5:52 pm Link to this comment
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We were afraid the revolution in Egypt could turn into another Iran and now there is hope that the Egyptian revolution will influence the people in Iran to achieve the same results for their country.

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By PatrickHenry, February 15, 2011 at 8:56 pm Link to this comment

Its been taken care of.

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By Shenonymous, February 15, 2011 at 8:27 pm Link to this comment

Wonders do cease, sometimes.  I agree for the most part with Rico,
maybe for the first time on Truthdig.  However, I don’t agree with
the implied conclusion of his question ”Does anyone out there really
believe that the good folks in Tahrir Square have any prospects for
an ounce more “freedom” than they had three months ago? The
Army let the kids blow off some steam, and it will be business as
usual in Cairo in a few short months.”
  Wael Ghonim will not let
it go.  Unless, that is, he isn’t martyred.  We will see.  I have an
inkling these people will not let it go.  Twitter and Facebook lives
on and these people stayed on task for three weeks.  They are now
the prototype.  They will have to watch their backs, on that you are
right Rico!  They need to form protest clusterpacks and always have
their cellphones charged.  Where exactly do we send that case of Coke?

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By PatrickHenry, February 15, 2011 at 7:32 pm Link to this comment

A little uprising is good now and then.

It is long overdue in this country.

Send them a case of coke and start a war.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Criticism_of_Coca-Cola

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By Inherit The Wind, February 15, 2011 at 5:11 pm Link to this comment

john w, February 15 at 6:05 pm Link to this comment
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PLEASE !  This stinks of the mossad and cia! Get with
the program folks !

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I was just waiting for this. 

of COURSE the Iranian people are thrilled to live under a repressive regime, that imposes harsh Shariat law.  They’d NEVER look at Egypt, Yemen, and Tunisia and say “Hey! Why not us?”

They just keep crawling out from under the rocks…..

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By thethirdman, February 15, 2011 at 2:08 pm Link to this comment

Wow, this doesn’t happen often, but Rico, I think I agree with you.

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By john w, February 15, 2011 at 1:05 pm Link to this comment
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PLEASE !  This stinks of the mossad and cia! Get with
the program folks !

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By rico, suave, February 15, 2011 at 10:21 am Link to this comment

This is just a reprise of 1979- Rioters in the streets, police brutally responding.

From the point of view of the average Iranian on the street, what is the difference between the Shah’s teargas and Ahmedinejad’s? They’re both power hungry little pricks, and will do what it takes to maintain power. Plus ca change…

It’s only naive, liberal western dreamers who think any of this upheaval in the Middle East will lead to “democracy”, however creatively defined. (They so much want to keep the ‘60s alive.) This is no more than an ice-hockey line change- a fresh set of thugs are waiting their turn to duke it out under the watchful eye of US and Israeli referees.

Does anyone out there really believe that the good folks in Tahrir Square have any prospects for an ounce more “freedom” than they had three months ago? The Army let the kids blow off some steam, and it will be busines as usual in Cairo in a few short months. And back to the shadows for the Muslim Brotherhood as well.

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By Inherit The Wind, February 15, 2011 at 7:39 am Link to this comment

I suspect the mullahs in Iran will NOT respond as the Egyptian Army did, with a clear, tacit refusal to go to fire on their own people.  After all, the Chinese sent tanks with orders to fire into Tienanmen Square. The religious fanatics ruling Iran will not suffer even peaceful protest. After all, God is on their side.

But, I hope I’m wrong.

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By Shenonymous, February 15, 2011 at 2:00 am Link to this comment

The truth is that revolution for freedom has been seething for a
long time in the throats of iranians and other Middle Easterners. 
It is an infection.  Unfortunately, and sadly, Egypt is not being
seen as the best model to freedom to the rest of the discontented
and grieving Middle Easterners since Gandhi and Mandela. 

The Peaceful Revolution had millions involved and astonishingly only
125 deaths. There will be unnecessary fatalities in Iran and Algeirs, et
cetera.  Egypt provides the most stunning example in history of a
bloodless revolution.  It is too bad that hot emotion is getting in the
way of the others whose path to freedom may only be temporary until
other authoritarians take over.  They need to be advised!  Maybe
sending them cases of Coke will help?

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By Robespierre115, February 15, 2011 at 12:55 am Link to this comment

And of course Hillary supported this “uprising” while meeting with the worthless King of Jordan.

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By Inherit The Wind, February 15, 2011 at 12:09 am Link to this comment

Sheez, PH! I nearly spat my diet cola all over my screen! 

“Now cut that out!”—JB.

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By Atlanta Roofing, February 14, 2011 at 10:26 pm Link to this comment
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I suspect that the televised Egyptian revolt has
strongly modified many cops’ attitudes about beating
down protests.  It’s been made very clear that security
forces were heroic only for their forbearance.
What a great time this would be for a march to the
NYSE, ten thousand people taking over The Street.  If
they were arrested, viewers would definitely get the
point: Wall Street is a dictator.

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By PatrickHenry, February 14, 2011 at 8:24 pm Link to this comment

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