Wednesday, June 17, 2009
New Defiant, Silent Protests In Iran
Despite a continuing government banning of protests, new, silent protests are taking place across Iran including one that, according to an Iranian tweet, has attracted as many as 2 million people.
Traditional news media sources have fallen largely silent over a government admonition to not report. Foreign correspondents whose visas have expired are being ordered out of the country immediately. Those with bureaus in Iran have been confined to their hotels, apartments or offices and have been ordered to not cover the demonstrations.
This has left it up to the Iranian people to tweet reports to the outside world. People have been encouraged to tweet videos and still images that others have been reposting. Some of those images have appeared on this blog.
There is an increasing chorus from the GOP in the United States urging the White House to be more forceful in its condemnation of the attacks on Iranian people by security forces. U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) says in an op-ed piece in USA Today that the United States has a "duty" to speak out.