Thank you very much for your kind words of support in response to the election updates that I have been sending in the past few days. Please forgive me for not being able to respond to your e-mail messages personally — and please share these messages with others as you see fit. While Iranians are the ones who need to take care of their this problem, the world’s awareness and support is crucial.
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What Can you Do?
* Many of you have asked what you could do to help. Here is what comes to my mind at this point. If you have any other particular suggestions, please let me know so I share it with the list:
1. Stay as informed of the new developments as possible.
2. If you have friends (or relatives) in Iran, stay in touch and assure them that the world is watching.
3. Sign this online petition to the UN and share it with others: http://www.gopetition.com/online/28554/sign.html
The Latest Headlines on Mr. Mousavi and other prominent figures
* Mr. Mousavi’s campaign has announced peaceful marches to be held in 20 major Iranian cities tomorrow afternoon. He plans to lead the march in Tehran himself. Mr. Karrubi – the other reformist candidate – has asked his supporters to join the rally.
* Earlier, Mr. Karrubi, a distinguished cleric and a founding member of the Rohaniyoon-e Mobarez in the 1970s, abandoned his clerical robe as a sign of objection to the current conduct of the elections in the Islamic Republic of Iran.
* Dr. Zahra Rahnavard, wife of Mr. Mousavi, who actively participated in his campaign, has made a brief public appearance today to endorse tomorrow’s rally. According to the news, she has proposed a general strike on Tuesday.
* Two Grand Ayatollahs: Saafi Golpaygani, and Sanei have condemned the election results as unacceptable. Ayatollah Saafi Golpaygani has called it a coup d’etat. And Ayatollah Sanei has declared Mr. Ahmadinejad’s government illegal. He has advised his followers not to work with the government.
The Latest Actions by the People
* 120 Professors from Sharif University in Tehran are said to have resigned in a mass protest.
* Unrests broke out in other major cities including Isfahan, Shiraz, Rasht and Babol: http://www.iranian.com/main/2009/jun/protests-other-cities (click on the link to see the YouTube videos of the protests).
Don’t miss this Three minute Video clip:
* You must have seen many excerpts from the street protests. I don’t want to subject you to more sad instances of clashes with the riot police. But you must see this one. In street protest this morning, the protesters rescue a police who has been attacking them and build a human shield around him not to be hurt by anyone. Please share with others:
* Chanting “God is great” from the rooftops was a symbolic nocturnal protest during the 1979 revolution. In a way, it indicated the lack of freedom to protest openly during the day. It is happening again. Here is a short moving clip:
Hope I can return with better news.
Fatemeh Keshavarz, Professor and Chair
Dept. of Asian and Near Eastern Languages and Literatures
Washington University in St. Louis
Honorary Co-Chair, Iranians For Peace
Tel: (314) 935-5156
Fax: (314) 935-4399