I haven’t read Nico Pitney’s postings on Iran for a week or so, since I’ve been tied up with one project ending and another getting near the end, so making money came first.
Reading his column today I was impressed by one listing that pointed out a number of Nobel Prize Peace Laureates who have commented on the, apparently, rigged Ahmadinejad election:
“We deplore the violence and crackdown on peaceful protesters, the increasing restrictions on civil liberties, and the imprisonment of a growing number of civil leaders in Iran. ”
– Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Laureate, 1984
“If one country sincerely wants to support democracy in another country that is under dictatorial rule, the only thing to do is to support the freedom fighters who stand for the democratic institutions of that country. Done this way, the sapling of democracy will bear the flower of freedom.”
– Shirin Ebadi, Iranian human rights activist, Nobel Peace Laureate, 2003
“The Iranian leadership is violating the country’s own commitments to international human rights treaties, as well as contravening Iran’s own laws.”
-Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace Laureate, 1976
“We call for the release of all political prisoners, the secession of violence against protesters, and respect for human rights and civil liberties in Iran.”
– Jody Williams, Nobel Peace Laureate, 1997
And, according to Pitney, more is happening in Europe… for instance, people at events held around the world have been signing their names to long green scrolls that declare: “Ahmadinejad is not Iran’s president!” The plan is for those scrolls to be sent to Paris and, on Saturday July 25, they’ll be attached together and displayed at the Eiffel Tower.
An activist with Whereismyvote.fr says that Paris has already received 87 such scrolls from around the world.
“We’re waiting for the next hundred or so to come during the next days,”
the group says. Pretty impressive.
Then there is the Global Day of Action which is now taking place in 50 cities around the world on July 25th. Just got to united4iran.org for more information.
… called a “Mourning” rally for the now over 30 killed by government soldiers in the ongoing protests over the Iranian elections.
And these rallies are getting bigger every day, despite the Iranian government’s attempts to block International press coverage and even Twitter.
There will be more leaks, I’m sure… I’m going to check in with Nico Pitney’s updates at HuffPo as the day goes on.
Another way to stay on top of what’s going on in Iran is through Citizentube which is lining up the YouTube videos coming out of that country (and note that the government has managed to block about 90% of those videos already)… the last video reports available since the broadcast networks were cut off.
Between Twitter and YouTube we are seeing a tremendous influence of the Internet on this ongoing protest activity… not something governments have had to consider in the past.