Protestors now demand an 'Iranian Republic, not Islamic Republic.'
Wall Street Journal
09-Dec-2009 (2 comments)

"..Meanwhile, the official calendar of the Islamic Republic includes 22 days during which the regime organizes massive public demonstrations to flex its muscles. Since the controversial presidential election last June, the pro-democracy movement, in a jujitsu-style move, has used the official days to undermine the regime.

On Jerusalem Day, Sept. 18, officially intended to express anti-Semitism, the opposition showed that Iranians have no hostility toward Jews or Israel. One popular slogan was "Neither Hamas nor Hezbollah! I give my life for Iran!" Another was "Forget about Palestine! Think about our Iran!"

On Nov. 4, the anniversary of the seizure of the U.S. embassy in Tehran in 1979, the opposition distanced itself from the regime's anti-American rhetoric. The democrats instead expressed anger against Russia and China, which are perceived as allies of the Islamic Republic. One slogan was "The Russian Embassy is a nest of spies!"

Most significantly, the movement that started as a protest against the alleged rigging of the election that gave a second term to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been evolving. The crowds' initial slogan was "Where Is My Vote?" and the movement's accidental leaders, including former Prime Minister Mir Hossein Mousavi, tried hard to keep the protest confined to demands such as a recount of the votes and, ultimately, a runoff in accordance with the law.

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Thanks for sharing the link Darius. Who elected him to represent Iranians (probably the same person who elected Antari). I (and I think many Iranians)
disagree with Mr. Dabashi. He has been an IRI apologist for a long
time . He is an artist and can have his opinion. But with his works
about praising savage Islam and defending Islamists and bad mouthing
west all the time (while he lives in West) is typical of the
hypocritical leftists/Islamists

Darius Kadivar

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