Yesterday, Wednesday, June 17, was a hard day for me while reporting on Iran election protesters. Because of this, my reporting will change. There are two reasons for this change. One is emotional and the other is for security.
As I cover the Iran election protests, I see probably a hundred videos or photos daily. I am inspired by the protesters and admire their courage. Wednesday was a silent rally and mourning for those killed so far in the election protests. Unconfirmed reports are of 130 killed in Tehran.
Half way through the rally, paramilitary approaches the crowd. And the crowd sits down. The protesters continue in non-violent acts of resistance even in the face of threat. I have seen videos of protesters as they pass stores with broken windows. No one is pilfering the store, only taking photos. I’ve seen protesters help police who get hurt in the demonstrations, the same police who attacked them.
I have seen protesters run toward another protester who is being attacked by police, to help them get away. I saw a crowd of protesters watch a lone gun-man in a balcony, one story high taking shots into the crowd beyond them. They held hands and chanted, “Don’t be afraid. We are together.”
I have become emotionally involved. And yesterday, for some reason, I kept seeing photos and videos that I feel link together to tell a story. This article is dedicated to the protester in this photo:
I don’t know his name. I don’t know if the photos and videos I kept seeing yesterday were of his death but it looks like him. It all started early in the day when I saw a video of protesters and obviously something was wrong. The video ended with a dead person in the street, blood pouring out of the head and chest.
Hours later, I was in a live feed from Iran. A photo came through of a young man in the prime of his life, lying in a morgue or hospital. He was cleaned up as best that can be done. A round, white disk covered his left eye. A huge gash covering about 1/3 of his chest was over his heart. He looked to have the same injuries as the man lying in the street in the earlier video.
Later in the day, I happened on another video. This showed a terrible scene of screams and protesters scrambling. Then it calmed down, the crowd parts and a young man is lying in the street, blood from his chest and head pooling around him. It seems to be the same young man I have been seeing all day.
This morning as I searched to find information on the protests, the first photo I found is the one I linked above. The caption reads: They killed him. It’s the photo of a young man and looks like it could easily be the one I feel I have watched chronicled in his death. I met him through his death and I won’t be reporting as before.
The second reason I won’t be reporting as before is because the cyberwar is on and for protection, I won’t repeat what I’m learning or where the information is coming from. I alluded to possible results of a cyberwar earlier and this still stands. I ask my readers to read between the lines. I repeat one sentence from that earlier article: the millenials’ own the internet and this is their cyberwar.
They want their Iranian friends free. They are diligently working to do so. Read between the lines to what this might mean. I don’t know what future articles might be written. I don’t think I can write anything ABC or other journalists are reporting.
I will submit another article on yesterday’s Tweet updates and world wide rally plans. After that, we just have to see what takes place. Thank you again for your support. Your comments encourage me. I haven’t written well for pv’s. I’ve written because I want to help the Iran protesters.
Iran Protest Chronicles: We Met Through His Death copyright 2009