So 25 Bahman was a victory, the biggest for the opposition since those December 2009 demonstrations on the religious day of Ashura. Still, it is only one day in the 20 months of post-election conflict. Today the regime will strike back with more declaration of foreign-supported sedition, more arrests, more references to the need to support the Supreme Leader. Opposition political parties, activists, students, and the person on the street will again be blanketed by warnings offset — despite the contradiction — by assurances that all is well.
Juan Cole minner om hvor mye mer alvorlig situasjonen er for de iranske protesterende sammenlignet med egypternes:
Unlike in Egypt, where except for a day or two the Mubarak regime avoided direct physical confrontation of the demonstrators, in Iran the Basij, or volunteers for the Islamic Republic, attacked protesters on motorcycle and repressed them. Eyewitnesses said that dozens were jailed.
Meanwhile clerics in parliament called for the death penalty for demonstrators arrested at the scene.
Her finner du alle Dyadebloggens poster om Iran – blant annet med videobilder fra basji’enes herjing med protesterende sommeren 2009.
Bakgrunnsstoff om Irans nåværende politiske situasjon finner du i Dyade 2/03: Iran – Nestemann ut?