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This Qods Day flyer reads: "We are all together!" To see more examples of the flyers being circulated in Iran for Ruz-i Qods protests, please see the link below.

This Qods Day flyer reads: "We are all together!" To see more examples of the flyers being circulated in Iran for Ruz-i Qods protests, please see the link below.

Dear All,

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I was not going to open another window until this weekend, but tomorrow is a VERY important day. Traditionally, the last Friday of Ramadan has been named the Qods Day by the founder of the 1979 Iranian Revolution. On this day, every year, a rally is organized by the government in support of the Palestinians. This year, Iranians are transforming the Qods Day into a day of protest by all who are oppressed against their oppressors. My anonymous e-mailer writes from Iran:

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“we are getting prepared for another huge demonstration on friday. it is becoming too dangerous. people have been assigned to inform everybody around them make aware that they are joining the demonstrators so that in case they disappear others would know about it!”

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* Also, my e-mailer writes about the latest three communiques issued by the ministry of higher education, describing them as:

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“…very authoritarian and restrictive, censoring  and investigating orders for univ. teachers and students as the univs. will be opening in 2 weeks. it is s.th. like the middle ages’ investigations and the soviet union’s security strategies. the min. of interior is trying to do the same in the society. we are all dazed, confused and frightened.”

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Colorful Announcements of Tomorrows Rally

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"Rally to Protest Violence on Qods Day!"—To see more of the creative and colorful flyers for the Qods Day protests, click the link below.

"Rally to Protest Violence on Qods Day!"—To see more of the creative and colorful flyers for the Qods Day protests, click the link below.

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* Click here (Ruz-i Qods Flyers Show) to see a colorful array of words and designs on the flyers that, despite the censorship, have been designed and distributed by Iranians announcing tomorrows rally as an uprising against dictatorship.

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Remembering Neda Agha Soltan

The second sculpture of Neda Agha-Soltan, entitled The Angel of Freedom. Please click the link to the right for more information about this second sculpture of Neda.

The second sculpture of Neda Agha-Soltan, entitled "The Angel of Freedom." Please click the link to the right for more information about this second sculpture of Neda.

* As Iranians prepare to put themselves in danger again to voice their protests in another big rally tomorrow, let us remember Neda Agha Soltan, the Iranian woman killed by the Basij forces on June 20th 2009, and hope this time it will be more peaceful.

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New Bust of Neda

* Paula Slater, the artist who built a beautiful bronze bust of Neda Agha-Soltan before, has  sculpted a new portrait bust of the woman who has come to be know as the Angel of Iran. Click on the second attachment to see the new and beautiful piece, this time in clay, with Neda’s hair free and natural. To read about the artist and her work, visit: http://www.prlog.org/10335368-paula.

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Rally in Support of Mousavi never Stopped

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* It is much harder to demonstrate in small towns and not be identified by the security forces. Despite this fact, and despite the brutality with which the Iranian government responds to any public expression of Support for Mr. Mousavi, these expressions have been occurring in various parts of the country ever since the election. One of the biggest, and most recent of these demonstrations took place in the small and holy city of Qom on the eve of September 12:

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Caught Red-handed

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* If you are interested in the dynamics of the post-election demonstrations and the official discourse on the recent events, this five minute video clip which has English subtitles is a must watch till the end. First, it shows clips from the Iranian State-run TV interviewing people who are basically thugs or drug addicts who “confess” they rioted to loot public property. Or, they are too young and have been deceived by “foreign media” to protest the results of the election. After these, you see actual clips taken by ordinary people, from windows of their apartments, showing the security forces damaging public property themselves and beating people. The protesters actually protect the police from the anger of the crowds where ever they are outnumbered by a large group of protesters:

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Please forward this message and website https://windowsoniran.wordpress.com/ to your friends in Iran and elsewhere in the world and send your thoughts and prayers of peace, and support, for tomorrow in Iran.

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Have a great day,

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Fatemeh

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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
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