Prayer Makes History

What remains fascinating however is the intelligence in the methods of resistance I’ve seen from people during this period. Step by step, they are overpowering and repossessing the ideological symbols that the regime has always used to consolidate power. From drawing on religious and old revolutionary slogans and inventing new ones, to destroying the divide between secular and religious society, which Ahmadinejad has always tried to accentuate to justify advancing his own cause.

This latest conquest of Friday Prayers — an institution of the Islamic Republic — was another such victory. People are taking over the ideological symbols with which the government defines itself.  Their apparatus has become a cancer that is now destroying itself. And this has stumped the Ahmadinejad-Khamenei power base. Night and day, people are thinking up new ways to fight back. Until the coup governments backs off, they will not stop.

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