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Support Freedom in Iran

By BenL - 17 June 2009 26

Since Friday’s election millions of Iranians have risked their lives to fight for democracy and freedom. Let’s show them that they are not alone. Come and show your support for human rights and freedom of expression in Iran.

Gather on the lawns of Parliament house this Thursday June 18 at 5pm for a candlelight vigil in support of the people of Iran.

PLEASE WEAR GREEN TO THE VIGIL.

RSVP on facebook and invite your friends.
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=45759939980

How else can you help?
– Wear green in support of Iran.
– Join this group http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=97222527126

Contact Ben on 0404 206 781 for more information.

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Jim Jones 11:12 am 19 Jun 09

jakez said :

Firstly, I don’t think Ahemenidejad is legitimate simply because he won some election. There are millions of Iranians who did not vote for him, do not support him, and I believe they have a right to self determination.

As much as I’m no great fan of Ahmenidejad, that statement could be made about *all* democratically elected political leaders.

jakez 10:38 am 19 Jun 09

I’m not convinced Ahmenidejad lost either however I think that point is rather moot.

Firstly, I don’t think Ahemenidejad is legitimate simply because he won some election. There are millions of Iranians who did not vote for him, do not support him, and I believe they have a right to self determination.

Secondly, putting aside my anarchist ways. Considering the constitutional arrangements of Iran, any election is far from a legitimate expression of democratic will.

Thirdly, the election is just a catalyst for a broader movement that combines a wide range of ‘reformist’ beliefs ranging from simply liking Mousavi’s brand of tyranny better to radical calls for an end to the Ayatollah’s regime and a complete opening of Iran as a secular and pro-western nation-state (which is what Iran should be, except that whole Shah thing made people cranky).

p1 12:55 pm 18 Jun 09

So far this page alone has eleven links of outside websites on the subject. So this page is actually not a bad place to learn more*, even if it is supposedly a Canberra specific blag.

* – I make no judgements or assumptions about the accuracy or balance of that information.

peterh 12:23 pm 18 Jun 09

Skidbladnir said :

You use an explicitly “online forum for News and Views in the Canberra (ACT) Region” to find information and form an opinion on domestic political issues in Iran?
Seriously?

considering the opinions that are presented here, and the wealth of information that seems to come with the commenters and the links that they provide, yes, skid, I do. I also find out about the broader canberra perception of events overseas through our own involvement, be it a rally, protest or other event that canberrans attend. I don’t read the crimes, I don’t watch the news. I have no idea what is going on in the rest of the world. I rely on the riotact to provide me with information as it comes to hand, that I feel is relevant to me, from a canberra perspective.

Skidbladnir 11:25 am 18 Jun 09

You use an explicitly “online forum for News and Views in the Canberra (ACT) Region” to find information and form an opinion on domestic political issues in Iran?
Seriously?

peterh 11:07 am 18 Jun 09

johnboy said :

I’m talking about a consistent pattern, not just this one comment Luther. Any further discussion is best sent via email as it’s offtopic.

All,
I used this site to try and understand the situation, as I was unaware of the events unfolding in Iran. In reflection, if I was able to attend the vigil, I would. To have a crackdown in a country that was being touted as the new islamic republic of the magnitude that we are seeing here will lead to revolution instead of evolution for the regime. The removal of access to the internet, fighting in the university campuses, expulsion of foreigners for the beginning of the cleansing of the country, these are all steps taken by other nations which have led to civil unrest, fighting and the deaths of innocents. The Iranian people are not averse to the Islamic republic, they just don’t believe that their vote was counted, or recorded as per their wishes as individuals in the voting system. This is something that I would protest against. If the election was allowed to run its course as an independent event, with no input from the government or the militia, the results may have been different. I have spoken at length to a friend who is iranian, his insight and the links / information posted on the RiotACT allowed me to be able to form an opinion.

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