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26 June 2009


Reflections on the situation in Iran - preview
The main victims of the dramatic protests and clashes that have followed the recent elections in Iran seem to have been truth, human rights – and the Iranian people themselves

  • Evidence suggests that the thing that most angered the supporters of the opposition candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi is their view that Ahmadinejad’s ‘victory’ was so obviously rigged
  • Had the victory been by a narrow margin, people might have accepted it – but the extent of the ‘victory’ was just implausible
  • This is why some of the protestors turned out on the streets with banners demanding their lost votes
  • The desire for more open and democratic government is, however, not a new thing
  • During my visit to Iran with the Fellowship of Reconciliation in December 2007, this desire was openly discussed with our guide Seyed

  • Jane Harries

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