"Green Cyber Demonstration": World Solidarity with the Iranian Protestors


One aim: unite the world’s citizens of all origins, nationalities and horizons who believe in democracy and Human Rights, and who wish to express their support for the pro-democracy movement in Iran.

This initiative is completely independent, non-political and non-religious.

How to participate

- Join our group on facebook, flickr, add us on twitter & myspace

- make our logo your profile image on these social websites

- write a message of support as your headline & on our page(s)

- inform & send links to your friends & contacts

- write about this event in your blogs & websites, feature our image & add a link to us

- contribute to our webpage with comments, slogans, photos/videos/songs etc.

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How you can make a difference

The pro-democracy protestors in Iran are isolated and vulnerable. A strong turn-out here is a means for us to support them in their battle & remind governments & official international bodies around the world to act in the best interest of these freedom-fighters.Iran has ratified both the Declaration of Human Rights (signed 1948) and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (signed 1968). Let us show the world that human dignity and Human Rights are values that transcend frontiers, and that our leaders should use as much energy in defending Human Rights as they do the nuclear issue.

“A dictatorship is more dangerous than a nuclear weapon.”


As a result of the fraudulent Iranian presidential elections of the 12th of June 2009, millions of people took to the streets of Iran to protest against Mahmoud Ahmadinejad; demanding a new and democratic election. These brave protestors, comprising all generations, demonstrated pacifically but faced harsh repression from government forces resulting in beatings, deaths, arrests, torture, forced confessions and mock show-trials. Despite this repression, the protest movement has continued to grow and is known as the ‘Green Movement’ (read below: ‘Why Green?’). In spite of this repression, the pro-democracy protestors in Iran have continued their mobilisation; taking to the streets, infiltrating official marches and finding new means to express themselves such as via the internet - despite the huge risks, including for their lives (two young men arrested before the elections, Reza Ali Zamani and Arash Rahmanipour, were executed on the 28th January 2010, with more feared).

Why Green?

Green is the symbolic colour under which the pro-democracy protestors march in Iran - it is traditionally the colour of hope. Although the colour of the presidential candidate Mussavi in June’s fraudulent elections, the protestors have since made this colour their own and are commonly called the ‘Green Movement’, which has grown to become a spontaneous independent citizen’s movement demanding democracy for Iran. Green is now the colour of all those who march for democracy in Iran.

Thursday, 11 February 2010

Tension very high on anniversary of Islamic revolution

Tense Iran marks anniversay, confirms nuclear breakthrough

CNN 'Protests in Iran' Report. February 11, 2010 - Updated 1217 GMT 

CNN Video report: Iran Demonstrator unafraid

Tehran, Iran (CNN) -- Attacks and clashes were reported in Iran's capital Thursday as thousands of pro- and anti-government demonstrators took to the streets of Tehran to mark a key national anniversary.

Pro-government supporters filled Azadi, or Freedom, Square in central Tehran to hear President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speak on the 31st anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, which toppled a Western-backed monarch and transformed Iran into an Islamic republic.

In a speech that lasted more than an hour, Ahmadinejad confirmed that his country had now enriched uranium to 20 percent -- sufficient, scientists say, to create a nuclear reaction.
He added that Iran is capable of enriching uranium up to 80 percent but won't.

Ahmadinejad also touched on familiar topics: He lashed out at the West, particularly the United States, and criticized its relationship with Iran's rival, Israel.

The crowd watched his speech and cheered. Many waved flags. Others carried placards bearing the images of the heroes of the Islamic Revolution.

Meanwhile, security forces, in uniform and in plainclothes, prevented opposition leaders and their followers -- the so-called Green Movement -- from reaching the square by firing on crowds in some areas and pepper-spraying demonstrators in others, opposition groups said.

Members of the Basij, the paramilitary force loyal to Iran's hard-line leadership, attacked a car carrying reformist leader Mehdi Karrubi as he went to meet supporters, his son Mohammad-Taghi Karrubi told CNN.

"We are completely disappointed at the behavior of the state today" he said. "At the same time we are hoping the situation will be changed and the people who are in power will change their behavior."

The militia broke a window in the car Karrubi was riding, an opposition Web site said. When he switched cars, that also was attacked. The leader, who ran against Ahmadinejad in June's presidential election, escaped unhurt.

The Raheh Sabz Web site said plainclothed policemen arrested Karrubi's son Ali, as he tried to protect his father's car. Ali Karrubi is the third of the leader's four sons.

Plainclothed security forces also attacked former president and reformist leader Mohammad Khatami's vehicle as he headed to Azadi Square, opposition Web sites said.

The forces used tear gas and batons to attack Khatami's supporters, forcing him to abort a plan to walk to the square with followers, Raheh Sabz said.

Two reformist figures, Mohammad Reza Khatami -- the brother of the former president with a similar name -- and his wife, Zahra Eshraghi, were arrested, opposition groups also said.

Iran has imposed tight restrictions on foreign reporters covering the anniversary, busing them to and from Ahmadinejad's speech to prevent them from reporting on skirmishes on the streets.

CNN has not been able to independently confirm the opposition reports.

At Aria-Shahr square in western Tehran and in various parts of the city, security forces fired on and tear-gassed demonstrators who chanted "Death to the dictator," and "Death to (Supreme Leader Ayatollah) Khamenei." Undeterred, the demonstrators chanted on.

"We are hoping the situation will be changed and the people who are in power will change their behavior.
--Mohammad-Taghi Karrubi

Many of them wore masks or handkerchiefs over their faces.

Iranian authorities had warned that they would arrest and detain demonstrators until April if they take to the streets.

The precautions were meant to prevent a repeat of overt anti-government displays on other key occasions that have embarrassed and inflamed Iranian authorities.

Earlier in the day, pickups roamed the streets of Tehran, blaring pro-government slogans and songs from speakers, a witness said.

Since a disputed presidential election in June, anti-government protesters have turned public gatherings into rallies against hard-liner Ahmadinejad, who was declared the overwhelming winner of the race.
Police have responded to such demonstrations with mass arrests, denouncing protesters as anti-Islamic and against the revolution.

Late December saw the deadliest clashes since the initial protests broke out last summer. At least seven people were killed and hundreds arrested as they took to the streets on the holy day of Ashura, on December 27, witnesses said.

The Iranian government has denied that its security forces killed anyone and has blamed reformists for the violence. Police arrested 4,000 people in the post-election crackdown.

Two men have been executed for participating in the demonstrations, and 10 have been sentenced to death and await appeal.

Residents in the Iranian capital said Wednesday that text messages on many messaging services have been blocked and Internet speeds have slowed to a crawl.

Human rights groups and opposition Web sites also have reported widespread arrests targeting journalists.

According to the Paris-based journalism watchdog Reporters Without Borders, at least eight journalists were arrested Sunday and Monday, bringing the total number of reporters now in prison to at least 65.
CNN's Reza Sayah contributed to this report

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