Category Archives: Letters from an Iranian protester

Ten days versus thirty years – letters from an Iranian protestor

Hi Jess

Yesterday the city of Tehran was more like a military base than a residential city.  In some important areas, there were more guards than civilians.  They wouldn’t let more than two to three people gather together.  They are trying to frighten people by making a huge number of arrests and an incredible control over internet and telephone conversations.

Yesterday Mousavi and Karroubi published letters to the people and asked the Government to cancel the election instead of wasting time.  Karroubi is also  planning a big protest for Thursday, but he said the details will be announced later.

 I think the situation is good.  Before the election, Ahmadinejad and the Supreme Leader thought they could ‘arrange’ 24 million votes for Ahmadinejad.  They thought they would face some small opposition, but that after a few days everything would be okay.

 But things for them went unexpectedly badly.  I can definitely say that they would never have thought that Karroubi, Mousavi and their supporters would react so strongly.  Ahmadinejad and the Supreme Leader have already paid a high price for their cheating.  

 In fact I read in the news that the last 10 days have produced more pictures, videos and news against the Islamic Republic of Iran than in the last 30 years.  This is a big price that never can be paid or replaced by Ahmadinejad and the Supreme Leader.  As Karroubi wrote in his letter: “It is just the start of the story, and the rest is on the way.”

 Most of the schools and universities here are closed.  Final exams have been delayed but most businesses are running until 4-5 pm – but most people are using their time to get news or talk about situation!!

 I have to go out for some work now.  Keep on with your study; I am hoping for good results in your exams.

 Take care

 Friend

Instability and waiting – letters from an Iranian protestor

Hi Jess

Today no programme was announced.  It seems that there are talks between the leaders and organisers of the movement and perhaps they are deciding about the next steps. The situation is very unstable.

We prefer not to engage in a bloody movement because if it goes that way then the Government has a reason to kill people and make much propaganda against the protesters by calling them vandals.

Today Khatami [ex-President of Iran 1997-2005, who pulled out of the presidential race in order to back Mousavi] wrote a letter to the people and the Supreme Leader, saying that people have a right to peaceful demonstrations.  He asked the Government not to use military force against the people and also urged the people to achieve their aims through peaceful demonstration.  

Khatami said the three days of peaceful protests showed the whole world that the people of Iran have a good manner and behaviour in their political actions.

He also said he thinks that there is still hope for the people and the Government to achieve what is right by forming a committee with skilled representatives from both sides.  And that this committee should make the decision.

But this is a method that cannot be accepted by the Supreme Leader because he thinks that what he says should be accepted as a rule by every one.

So I believe that people should think of ways to continue this peaceful movement and to find the opportunities this will bring.

I hope that victory will be the result.

Yours

“Blood and fire” – letters from an Iranian protestor

Hi Jess

 After yesterday’s speech by the Supreme Leader we expected a very bad day for the protest.  It was held from Enghelab Square to Azadi [Freedom] Square.  This is the longest street of Tehran, which is about 30km long.  When people gathered in this street everybody could see how huge the protest was, and what it is that the Government is so afraid of.   The Government doesn’t want anyone to know how many oppose them.  In their propaganda they will say that just a few vandals were on the street.  

 So this is why thousands of armed revolutionary guards prevented people from entering Azadi Avenue.  But people gathered in the many side streets that lead to Azadi Street, and from there they started pushing the armed forces back.  

 For many hours, people and the guards were on the run.  Once the guards ran after the people and then the people ran after the guards.  The people only had stones and the guards started with tear gas.  Much tear gas was fired towards the people.  It was very hard to stand against it.   Tear gas fell in front of me and in three seconds I was going to lose my breath.  It was difficult to breathe and my face and eyes were hot and burning.  

 When the guards ran towards people, the people threw stones and ran to the houses for protection.  The guard ran after them and broke all the glass on the doors.

 This went on for nearly three hours and finally the guards started firing on people.  Three people died in the street where I was.  They were taken away.  I have sent you a photo of a man who put his hand in the blood of one of the dead.  It was very sad and many people started crying and shouting: “I will kill the Basij who killed my brother.”

 People said that we will fire the whole city tonight.  I don’t know what will happen.  

 I’d better go home now – I’m still in my office.  Maybe the roads are closed and not so secure for travelling.

 I will write more about the situation later.  I know I have made many mistakes but I couldn’t find the words to express everything that I feel.  I hope you will understand.  

 If you think you have seen bad things then have a look at this link.  A girl dies in front of the camera while her father [this turns out to be her music teacher] shouts to her: “Neda don’t go, don’t go….”

 Uuuhhh, so sad 😦

 Sorry if I made you sad.  I hope these days finish soon and I write you happier letters.

Take care

 “Sad”

**Please be warned this video is extremely disturbing.

The man whose hands are covered in the blood of a dead protestor
The man whose hands are covered in the blood of a dead protestor
Police coming to attack the people they are supposed to serve
Police coming to attack the people they are supposed to serve
Stone to hurl at police
Stone to hurl at police
Wounded protestor
Wounded protestor

 

Tear gas
Tear gas