Iran: Is It A Lost Battle for Ahmadinejad And The Clerics?
Despite the crack down by the Iranian regime, protesters are marching in huge numbers in Iran again today.
The “Velvet Revolution” seems to be getting more momentum every day, despite the pre-election warning from the political leader of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard that it would be “nipped in the bud.”
The sea of green from the marching crowds of Mousavi’s supporters will be hard to contain for much longer.
The main problem for Ahmadinejad and the Cleric is demographic. This is not only a political issue, but one of generation. 60% of Iran population is under the age of 28, and most of this demographic, at least in urban area, is against Ahmadinejad.
The Iranian authorities are also trying to block the amount of information coming from Iran with extremely mixed result. They have been successful at limiting the coverage from big media outlets, but have failed in containing the new media technology such as Twitter & Flickr.
The “Velvet Revolution” is literally Twitterized, in real time, by young Iranians and photographs are transmitted on the web at record speed. This is what NPR’s veteran commentator Daniel Schorr said today about the role of the ” Twitter Revolution” in the events unfolding in Iran.
Faramarz Hashemi is one of the best Iranian photographer covering the events. He transmits his photographs on Flickr.