Ahmadinejad faces test of strength as fresh protests sweep Iran
Times Online / Martin Fletcher
19-Sep-2009 (2 comments)

In an address to the Friday prayers gathering in Tehran, Mr Ahmadinejad caused international outrage by again dismissing the Holocaust as a myth and claiming that the regime in Israel was collapsing. Yesterday’s turmoil, however, suggested that his regime was the one in trouble.

There had been no major demonstrations since July 17 but the Government could hardly cancel al-Quds Day, an event initiated by Ayatollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic, and the opposition seized its chance. Its supporters turned out in huge numbers and paralysed the centre of Tehran; estimates of the turnout ranged from 100,000 to 500,000. They were young and old, male and female, rich and poor, and came with green wristbands, T-shirts, balloons and banners to show support for Mr Mousavi’s green movement.

Car drivers stuck in the gridlock sounded their horns and turned on their headlights to show support. Protests were also reported in Isfahan, Shiraz, Tabriz, Qum, Rasht and other cities. Within hours the internet was flooded with video clips showing jubilant crowds applauding, singing and holding their arms aloft to form a sea of V-for-victory signs. Witnesses said that they chanted “Rape and torture will not stop us” and “Liar, liar, where is your 63 per cent?” — a reference to Mr Ahmadinejad’s alleged share of June’s vote.

Majid Zahrai

A test he has already failed

by Majid Zahrai on

The day IRI took guns and blades to unarmed and peaceful protesters who were objecting to the elections rigging, they failed.  The rest is history and just steps and motions necessary until the day we are rid of them.  End of the story.



Failed 1400 year doctrine

by mahmoudg on

All part of a failed experiment started by Mohamad the A-rab.  Persians have always silently rebelled against Islam, now it is public and the world knows that Iranians are against Islam and want it cleansed from their lives.