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Tension and Hope in the Streets of Tehran

By Citizen Journalist, Tehran

--- click on photos to see high resolution --- - The sense of something happening had been at large big time since last night, and when people started in many parts of Tehran to shout Allah-o-Akbar, the sense of mystery was enhanced many folds. Rain that had been pouring everywhere and had easily brought the Tehran notorious traffic to a stand still.  I simply walked everywhere rather than driving.

This morning the sun was shining and mountains were covered by white beautiful snow; and the deep sense of tension was strongly at large.  From every corner of town, but specially from central parts, people called to say that the spirit of opposition to demand change, to struggle for air of some kind of a civil society in 21st century, was high.

People, mostly young and students, took to the streets and got into groups and headed to different parts of the city's central streets chanting "death to the dictator" among many others, while inviting the onlookers to join them and share the display of everybody's deep  frustration.

The economy is so bad that businesses are going down one after another, and many offices and factories have not received their salaries for months. I wonder how they manage?

The authorities are showing a serious show of force; from the early hours, they had put their heavily clothed troops everywhere, on the bridges and on the street corners. Motorist told me that there had been several shots fired in different parts and there is a heavy use of tear gas in many parts. Only god knows when the young ones in each home get there to their waiting mothers and fathers.

An eyewitness told me that last night he witnessed two young ladies passing on leaflets to people; but before he got his copy, they were arrested.  I am sure this has been happening to a great extent these days.  One can at least pray and hope if one cannot join them and support them morally in every other way. 

I wore something with green in it today and my big green rings. My heart and thoughts are with all these brave young ones whose determination and zest will be night time stories for decades to come.

Join me to wish Iran and Iranians a better world and more open society with a government whose concerns are care of the nation rather then its own survival; a government that is open and transparent and truly democratic. Amen!


... Payvand News - 11/04/09 ... --

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