Summer 2009: Tehran’s Prague spring?

So Ahmadinejad tried to steal an election, and has been met by mass popular resistance, a “victory celebration” for the losing candidate, led by students and the poor.

The fear is that the hope will die in bloodshed as it did in Prague in 1968, in Beijing in 1989. Yet the Iranian supreme court has granted a partial recount, and grounds for optimism remain. A victory for democracy at the hands of the Iranian people would be a glorious thing, and could change the whole balance of the Middle East.

Update 21/03/2010 I felt I needed to add something to this, after leaving it hanging for so long. We all know now how it went, though the movement has not ended and hope remains. I’d like to express my support for the people of Iran, and my absolute opposition to any brutal, bloody stupid intervention by the governments of the U.S., U.K. and Israel.

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