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16 June 2009 @ 07:41 pm
And so it goes...  
There were more rallies in Tehran today, despite Mousavi asking his supporters not to show up for fear of their safety. BBC says that today's turnout was even bigger than yesterday's, and yesterday's numbered in the hundreds of thousands (some accounts report millions). President Obama has made some comments, but obviously, the US government is playing this one cautiously.

My cousin in Sanandaj showed up on Gmail this afternoon, so we chatted for a bit. Everything is fine, but the Iranian government continues to crack down on websites (they've just recently blocked Yahoo! Messenger, which is why he was on Gmail), and he wishes he was home in Tehran, with the rest of the family.

I let him know about all the supportive things people have been saying about the protests, even in places where you'd least expect it, like Fark. He can't see any of it since Twitter, LJ, Fark, etc. are blocked, but hearing that people are rooting for the Persians seemed to cheer him up a bit. =)
The Perfidious One, amethyst_hunter: Basketcat is pleasedamethyst_hunter on June 17th, 2009 05:32 am (UTC)
Go Iranians! :D

I hope Obama watches his steps. IMO he's smart to stay out of it - us getting involved is probably the worst thing we could do: it will throw fuel on the fire of those minorities spouting the anti-American crap and when the inevitable innocents get hurt, the assholes over here will crow how their suspicions about those "terr-orr-izzts" were right all along. It was Western govt.'s (us plus UK's) meddling that got us into this bad relations; I'd be pissed off too if a foreign power basically screwed me over and repeatedly at that (but taking it out on innocent people is never cool). I heard there is going to be at least a partial recount; whatever happens, I hope that it leans in favor of the people this time. :/
The Perfidious One, amethyst_hunter: Basketcat is pleasedamethyst_hunter on June 17th, 2009 05:39 am (UTC)
Have you seen this pic? http://twitpic.com/7buyf It's supposed to be a protester shielding/helping an injured riot control officer. I found it a very powerful image.