Thousands March in Iran Opposition Protests Today

Holding a green ribbon, a symbolic color of pro-reform Iranian opposition, a female opposition supporter attends a protest in Tehran, Iran, Friday, Sept. 18, 2009, in competition with government-sponsored mass rallies to mark an annual anti-Israel commemoration, the Quds Day that reflects the Persian nation's sympathy with the Palestinians. (AP Photo)

Holding a green ribbon, a symbolic color of pro-reform Iranian opposition, a female opposition supporter attends a protest in Tehran, Iran, Friday, Sept. 18, 2009, in competition with government-sponsored mass rallies to mark an annual anti-Israel commemoration, the Quds Day that reflects the Persian nation's sympathy with the Palestinians. (AP Photo)

AP/Nasser Karimi—Hard-liners attacked senior pro-reform leaders in the streets as tens of thousands marched in competing mass demonstrations by the opposition and government supporters. Opposition protesters, chanting “death to the dictator,” hurled stones and bricks in clashes with security forces firing tear gas.

The opposition held its first major street protests since mid-July, with marchers decked out in green – the reform movement’s color – waving V-for-victory signs on major boulevards in the capital.

Iranian Protesters on Sept. 18, 2009

Iranian Protesters on Sept. 18, 2009


In some cases on several blocks away, larger crowds marched in government-sponsored rallies marking an annual anti-Israel commemoration, waving pictures of Iran’s supreme leader and president and placards denouncing the Jewish state.

The commemoration, known as Quds Day, is a major political occasion for the government – a day for it to show its anti-Israeli credentials and its support for the Palestinians. Quds is the Arabic word for Jerusalem. During a speech for the rallies, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad railed against Israel and the West, questioning whether the Holocaust occurred and calling it a pretext for occupying Arab land.

But the opposition was determined to turn the day into a show of its survival and continued strength despite a fierce three-month-old crackdown against it since the disputed June 12 presidential election.

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Iran eyewitness: protest videos

Thousands of opposition supporters took to the streets across Iran, defying government warnings against using the annual Quds (Jerusalem) Day rally to resume protests.

Many demonstrators have been sending their videos to the BBC or posting them on video sharing website like YouTube. Here is a selection.

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6 responses to “Thousands March in Iran Opposition Protests Today

  1. audiegrl

    We all need to make sure to watch NBC’s Anne Curry’s interview with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. It’s his first American interview since he stole the election in June.

  2. These Iranian people fighting for reform are an inspiration… we need some of that spirit here… minus the violence.

    • audiegrl

      Agreed. They are really heros. We do have almost the same passion here. Only it is by Teabaggers and based on lies. They really need to take a long hard look at themselves. The Iranian protesters are risking their lives for what they believe in. The Teabaggers, coming to rallies with guns and signs talking about bringing guns, are just the opposite. They are risking other peoples lives

  3. betsmeier

    I was chatting on yahoo IM with a lady from Iran. She just came over here. She got here by lottery. Anyway, we used to chat with her when she lived in Iran. She lived in the mountains and her husband is a Doctor. She has two sons and she was telling me today that she can’t talk to them on yahoo because the government has suddenly blocked yahoo IM. She’s very very upset.
    She’s living in LA because they have a big Iranian population.
    I told her that I would like to meet her and to come to SF when I’m there. But she’s very self conscious because she says she doesn’t talk great English and is going to go to night school to improve her English.

    • audiegrl

      Wow Bets! She must be scared to death for her sons. Please tell her from me, welcome. 🙂

      Tell her not to worry, she will learn english soon. There are some people who have lived here all their lives that still have problems. 😉

  4. betsmeier

    I was laughing when she said that she was going to go to night school to learn better English. If you read her posts you would see that her English isn’t that bad.

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