A picture of a smashed computer in a college dorm really brings home the idea of what life must be like in Iran. One is not free to vote for the candidate of choice without having the military arrive in your dorm room, see the picture Mir Hossein Mousavi, the man contesting the re-election of the president on your computer desk, and smash a large hole in your computer.
The photos of the protests from Iran are very powerful. The best batch of protest pictures I’ve seen are at www.boston.com/bigpicture/2009/06/irans_disputed_election.html. The photos are dramatic and show the drama of the huge crowds of protestors with police beating the protestors at will.
The photos at the end that you have to click on to see are quite graphic. I did click on them as I feel it is important to see the news of the world. The final picture shows a man bleeding to death after being shot by the police. It is tragic that violence is being used against peaceful protestors who would like their vote to count.
It seems clear the youth of Iran does not want Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to be their president any longer. It is also clear they believe the recent election was rigged. Seeing pictures of the protestors holding up their fingers in a peace sign is very moving.
For it is not just their peace the world is concerned about. If Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is allowed to continue his reign as president of Iran that impacts the peace of the world. He is a holocaust denier who often threatens Israel. He stirs up trouble in the Middle East with his support of terrorist regimes. He is not a peace president and the world is wary of his threats and his denial of reality.
Currently Iran has a lockdown on journalists. They do not want journalists covering the protests or taking pictures. However, people in Iran are adept at citizen journalism and are using sites like Twitter to spread the news of the large protests ongoing in Tehran.
Kudos to the creators of Twitter for developing a system that allows people everywhere to get the word out immediately about regimes that block the will of the people and practice violence instead of peace.
Prayers for peace to Tehran and hopes that the election results are negated and Iran soon has a peace president.
As I find interesting articles or pictures about the protests I will be posting them on Twitter.com. Follow me there: JulB09.