Are you watching a soccer game on Saturday, June 12th?

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Are you watching a soccer game on Saturday, June 12th?
by Shifteh Ansari
06-Jun-2010
 

I was chatting with a friend who has for several months been working with a large group of volunteers to organize a June 12th protest event. He confided that a few of his friends have told him that they would not be attending the June 12th protest rally because there is a World Cup soccer game on that day!

I find this pretty hard to believe!

For one whole year, the Iranian government has been thinking of ways to thwart and control the civil rights movement which began with the peaceful protests of people about elections fraud. People have lost their lives over this. A group of the most brilliant young Iranians have been imprisoned, tortured, raped, and unfairly sentenced to long prison terms for this. People have lost jobs and livelihoods over this. It would have been so "convenient" to feel intimidated and to stay home, saving themselves the trouble of getting killed, beaten up, arrested, and tortured. Yet, people have come out to the best of their ability every time there has been a chance.

Getting heard is that important to some, I guess.

As thousands of Basiji's prepare to crack down on any potential protests in Tehran,

As Basij and IRGC and police forces test their new equipment and vehicles to make sure unarmed citizens are dealt with swiftly and completely as soon as they dare to come back to the streets,

As Khamenei and Ahmadinejad and IRGC commander after commander make fresh threats to the population at large not to dare come out on June 12th,

As more arrests are made and more prisoners are put under pressure to confess to things they didn't do,

We are the only Iranians in the world who can protest against the Islamic Republic's brutal treatment of the Iranian nation without fear of persecution, murder, prison, and torture.

We are free to chant any words we want and to join hands to show our solidarity with our nation in Iran and to demand the release of the political prisoners.

We have a chance to become the voice of Iranian people to get their message heard by the world.
It is the least we can do to help the people in Iran.

Wherever we are, we must go to a protest on June 12th.

We must not leave Iranians inside Iran alone.

Find a protest gathering near where you live and join. So far more than 60 cities all around the world have announced their plans for protests. hamraah sho aziz.

http://united4iran.com/2010/05/the-next-big-day-ju...

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fooladi

shifteh:

by fooladi on

Thank you so much for all the hard work and very informative blogs.

And no, I'll not be watching footbal. I'll be in Iran and missing you guys. 


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by Doctor X on

Make it The new iPOD and we have got a deal for 165$.

 


Veiled Prophet of Khorasan

Doctor the PC

by Veiled Prophet of Khorasan on

 

So you don't want the PC right? I was gonna charge you just 165 $ if you settle for WinXP. But I am gonna sell it to some other guy then.Bashe har chi shoma begid.


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El Propheto

by Doctor X on

I don't actually go back and read everything, They get emailed to me. Yep. It is a part of this new service they've got going on lately.

Well Sip all you can and get all the lap dances that you can get. But if you happen to touch them the wrong way, and got the devil eye from them make sure you let them know that you are excercizing your Free speech.

Na baba. I am not interested. Hamash male khodet.


Veiled Prophet of Khorasan

To ,,,

by Veiled Prophet of Khorasan on

 

I give you credit you gave me a good laugh so you deserve a response.

"Very Porchouneh"? Make up your mind. English or Persian? Plus "Very" and "Por" are redundant. Didn't they teach you anything? 

PS,

I am touched! You go back and read all my posts! Must not have anything better to do. I thought I was bikar but you beat me.

Regarding "ogdeh". I am not ogdehi; why should I? I am sitting here in my yacht. Sipping on my drink courtesy of IDF!! Being served by naked girls sent to me by AIPAC. Who could ask for anything more? You should try it. Let me know if you are interested. I will hook you up to the right people.

If you want a PC let me know. I will make you one for 180 $.

 

 


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VPK= Very Porchoone Karackter

by Doctor X on

Stop your war of nonsense and propaganda you arab-basher Human hater. All you write about everyday is about hate and violence and BS.

I am a full supporter of anything I want to be but at least i do not spew hatred towards other human beings. Shame on you and shame on this pride that you have that makes you hate others. You are making an absolute fool out of yourself for your Bogus and Devoid of content and Blind and rediculous exaggerations and accusations. That should be i am sure part of your character. Mr. "i can make computers for 200 dollars".

Nothing can be anymore chilidish and a full-of-ogdeh than the last two lines you wrote.

Go back and read what i wrote you Non-thinking, Hate-monger Humanoid, Robot, full time hater, despising machine. I said that such LOve for iran Is sealed within our heart and soules . Can you dig that? You warmonger?

Iran and Iranianness DOES NOT BELONG TO YOU AND YOUR GHABEELEH. IT BELOGS TO EVERYONE. SHEER FAHM SHODI?

So go back to your own cage or hole and attent your own llocal protest and Stay outta everyone else's Beeswax.


maziar 58

Mrs. Hojjati...?

by maziar 58 on

try ucsd 10-20 min.    thanks           Maziar


Majid

Shifteh banoo

by Majid on

Thanks for your effort, KHASTEH NABAASHI.

 


oktaby

Damet Garm Shifteh banoo. Here is my local event for those

by oktaby on


In the bay area. This is not the time to sit home. Every action counts.   June 12th:    10:00am  San Francisco, CA - Green Scroll March on the A (this is the scroll from last year) anniversary of June 12th WhenSat, June 12, 10am – 1pm Where

Crissy Field, San Francisco, 1199 East Beach, Presidio, San Francisco, CA 

OKtaby


Veiled Prophet of Khorasan

Thank you

by Veiled Prophet of Khorasan on

 

Shifteh jan for a very good post. I also thank you for the links on where to demonstrate. Personally I don't give a damn about the World Cup. Iran is vastly more important. Please do not pay attention to Dr X since he is a full supporter of IRI. IRI supporters want us watching the World Cup while the mullahs rape our people.


Shifteh Ansari

For a location near you, check this link:

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Vancouver, BC, Vancouver Art Gallery, 7:30-8:30 p.m.

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Washington DC: 3:30-8:00 p.m.

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Washington D.C. - Gathering at Iran Interest Section (2209 Wisconsin Ave)//March to UN office (1775 K Street)// end at Freedom Plaza
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=115831868457...


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Los Angeles: Westwood, Federal Building, 4-7 p.m.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota, Nicollet Mall, 6-8 p.m.

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Queen's Park South Lawn, Toronto, Canada, 2-4 p.m.

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The Green Scroll in San Francisco

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زنجیر سبز انسانی در پاریس برای گرامیداشت ۲۲ خرداد ۱۳۸۸

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شنبه ۱۲ ژوئن ۲۰۱۰، ساعت ۲ بعدازظهر
کمیته مستقل ضد سرکوب شهروندان ایرانی – پاریس
http://www.asre-nou.net/php/view.php?objnr=10179


Shifteh Ansari

Thank you

by Shifteh Ansari on

Thank you MM, benross, and Ari for your kind comments. 

One more thing I wish to say is that I had a telephone conversation with a close friend in Tehran this weekend.  He said that all over Tehran people are in a state of anxiety and anticipation for next Saturday's events, and that the entire city feels like it is in a state of martial law.  If Tehranis are still contemplating going out and demonstrating, I think I should do, too.


MM

از ديکتاتوري به دموکراسي by Professor Sharp

MM


"From Dictatorship to Democracy" (Farsi, by Professor Sharp (of Harvard)) describes 198 peaceful means to resist dictatorships.

http://www.aeinstein.org/organizationse256.html


benross

Thank you Shifteh for

by benross on

Thank you Shifteh for explanation.

I respect your interpretation of this event. However, if you have concerns about any hesitation between participating in this event and watching a soccer game, it is because the event will be interoperated by each individual in his or her own way. You may think this is a good thing and pluralist approach, but this also means some would prefer a soccer game over their own interpretation.

This is the root of our problem. Lack of a single organized opposition abroad that could take this event and place it in well defined agenda for freedom of Iran. So that people could see their presence in this event will lead to the next step and next step until free Iran.

40 million people, is a large enough number to be concerned about my action. And the choice between a demonstration and a soccer game should not be an issue if the number had such a convincing power.

I however, don't respect the decision of 70 million people, let alone 40, if it is not taken in freedom and democratically. I truly appreciate your efforts. I just don't see that the efforts are in the right place. If I had a planned event in my town, I would have participated. But I won't go the extra mile for an event in another town. And I won't watch soccer game either... if that's a relief!


Shifteh Ansari

benross

by Shifteh Ansari on

I think the June 12 anniversary protests are no longer about Iran's 2009 elections.  They are about the civil rights movement which was spontaneously formed around Iranians' demand to know what happened to their votes, quickly expanding to other demands, and going on to show the true face of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the military coup that had been taking place there for close to a decade, and the unbridgeable rift between the Iranian nation and its fraudulent rulers.

Your participation in the protests will show your support for Iranian people and their fight for freedom and democracy.  It will further shed light on the systematic violations of human rights in Iran, the latest round of which have claimed at least 100 lives, imprisoned thousands, deprived hundreds of students from continuing their education, and have resulted in several executions with more pending.

Also, benross, 40 million Iranians did participate in the 2009 presidential elections.  We must respect that number when reflecting on what it is Iranians want.


Anahid Hojjati

Shifteh jan thanks, but I am going to a graduation in San Diego

by Anahid Hojjati on

Thanks Shifteh jan for the info.


benross

I did not vote

by benross on

Is there any event celebrating the uprising after the election?


Ari Siletz

Why should we watch when we can be a players?

by Ari Siletz on

I'll be at the San Francisco protest event  on June 12. Thanks Shifteh and other organizers for being the center forward here.

Shifteh Ansari

Anahid

by Shifteh Ansari on

Thank you for your comment.  If I'm not mistaken, you live in Fremont, near San Francisco.  This blog by Sanam says that the San Francisco June 12 demonstrations are both in the morning and in the evening, so perhaps you could join whenever you can. 


Anahid Hojjati

It is also college graduation season, at least I can wear green

by Anahid Hojjati on

I am going to graduation ceremony of a close relative.  Since this is graduation season, maybe all Iranian families who are supportive of the movement and cannot participate in demonstrations ouside country on June 12, at least can wear green to graduation ceremonies. .


Shifteh Ansari

Thank you

by Shifteh Ansari on

Thank you dear Mona for your kind comment and the video clip.  This song will go on to become a national treasure in time.

Thank you Bitter Divorced Man.  I hope you enjoy the day amidst your fellow countrymen and -women while you show your solidarity with Iranians inside Iran.

Dear Yolanda, you are a very special human being. Thank you for your support for Iranian people.


Shifteh Ansari

MM

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I agree that if it can be managed, it's time for Iranians inside Iran to switch from the costly street protests (in terms of human life) to other methods of civil disobedience such as strikes.  I wonder whether Iran is ready for this yet or not.  There are other civil disobedience projects which people have not yet tried, and they should be explored too.

But for people outside Iran, going out and protesting is still the most effective way of keeping the international attention on the ongoing and systematic violations of human rights in Iran.

 


Shifteh Ansari

Dr. X

by Shifteh Ansari on

I agree that the movement is ongoing and tireless and timeless.  It will go on until it reaches its goals of freedom and democracy for all Iranians.  However, that fact does not discount or eliminate each individual's responsibility to help in any way they can.

Iranians outside Iran do not need to worry about being beaten or thrown in prison or worse, getting murdered for participating in protests.  That is why we should do it on behalf of Iranians inside Iran who may not be able to do it this time around.

The first anniversary of the June 12th events is a very important event.  Honoring it will not only ask the world not to forget, it would also show Iranians inside Iran that we didn't forget.

If you read the blogs of Iranians inside Iran, you can see that they do count on Iranians outside Iran to help them out in different ways.  I remember reading in tens of blogs their expectation last September that people go to New York to protest Ahmadinejad's presence at the UN, something that Iranians in Northern America did to their best of their ability.  I have also read their appreciative reactions to demonstrations worldwide.

Whichever way I look at it, I see that people should not sit at home to watch a soccer match.