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By Roya Monajem, Tehran


A mass demonstration with the dominant slogan Silence must have been very rare in the past history of humankind. Since it is happening on an ancient land with thousand years of autocratic rulers, it is also very symbolic.


The slogan Silence is in harmony with another main slogan of protesting Iranian voters throughout the world asking their candidates to: Take back their Votes, reminding another headline of these days about the Piracy in Somalia.


The first silent demonstration occurred two days after the announcement of the voting reminded some of the day when Imam Khomeini returned to Iran from exile via France, and some of Bahman 22, i.e. the day of the victory of Islamic revolution. It ended with incessant sound of car horns which in contrast to pre-voting days when as though heralding a wedding, reminded a solemn funeral procession! As though the newly wed couples, Ms. Freedom and Mr. Democracy were killed once again before going to their bridal chamber.


Feeling quite troubled with the fact of how difficult if not impossible it is to stop the past getting repeated by memories, mental images and associations engraved in our collective consciousness, summarized in: No radical political change may happen without blood-shed, I observe my dictator aspect demanding from whoever mentions such things to try not to express them openly at least: Let's hope something new will be born in the course of these demonstrations, instead.


Benefiting from the advantage of 'age,' which helps one not to allow one's emotional faculty to take the reign and thus blind the faculty of 'reason' - in case there is one - it is really encouraging to see how even our youth - the so called children of the revolution - are to some extent maintaining their comparatively higher awareness and alertness because of being brought up in an autocratic air.


The story of what we are going through in the past few days can be summarized as follows:


You wake up

All shaking



How many more were arrested

How many more lost their lives


Grasping for air

The heart beats like mad

The suffocation becomes beyond control


The sounds of crows and nightingales

Pulls you toward the window

At least to take a breath


Ah! Do you hear it too?

The Alborz Mountains

Echoing our

Last night's desperate cries?



And so

Hope springs back

Heart calms down

Breath returns

Heralding another day of our

Silent Epical Resistance


May Love and Peace save our blue beautiful planet Earth.



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