Do Boomers still care: protests and Iran, Neda Agha-Soltan

             

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Protests Then and Now

Do Boomers Still Care?

At one time we felt things so strongly that we went into the streets to protest the Vietnam War, Watergate, and civil rights abuses. Now we only seem to walk in the street when we want to get from one side to the other. Do we still care?

Anti-war Vietnam War protests

Anti-war Vietnam War protests

Anti-war Vietnam War protests

More recently, vivid images showing hundreds of thousands of people in the streets of Iran, protesting what they believe to be stolen elections, has aroused a familiar chord in some. True, our perception of Iran -- in the USA and most of the world -- has plummeted drastically in recent years. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the face of Iran, has been a particularly unappealing face. It is with some surprise, then, that we discovered so many people in Iran also don't like him or his politics. Some don't like it enough that they are willing to be beaten or killed, if that's what it takes to get him to stand down.

Iran protest rally

Iran protest rally

Iran protest rally

Perhaps the most searing image that emerged from those young, hopeful faces confronting the Iranian government, was the last moments of a 26 year old woman, Neda Agha-Soltan. Studying to be a tour guide, she was out with friends to be part of what was happening, when a bullet cut her down as she stood on the road in stalled traffic. A video captured those moments as friends frantically tried to stop the blood which welled up from her. 

Neda Agha-Soltan killed in Tehran

Neda Agha-Soltan, 26 years old,

 killed in Tehran, Iran on 20 June 2009

    Neda Agha-Soltan died in Iran

Neda Agha-Soltan died in Iran

See the video here


Yes, we see these things in the news. But do we care? Are we willing to do anything at all to register even a small bit of protest? Or have the years pounded all that out of us? What's your opinion? You can share your thoughts here about a government that shoots its own people in the street, and should we care?

On 27 December 2009 at least eight more demonstrators were killed in confrontations with Iranian police. Among them was Ali Habibi-Mousavi, who was the nephew of protest leader Mir-Hossein Mousavi. The protests continued through 2010, with various ups and downs. Now as revolutions are sweeping other countries in this part of the world, Iran remains a question mark.

Ali Habibi-Mousavi

Ali Habibi-Mousavi remembrance

Ali Habibi-Mousavi

Protests Update

In 2013 the voiolence associated with Iran continues. The dominant people in power have subdued the protesters for now, but the leaders' support for Assad in Syria's revoloution continues. Assad's Shia Muslim minority has suppressed the Sunni Muslim majority for many years and is now using excessive force in hope of clinging to power. Over 80,000 have been killed in the Syrian revolution so far. 

Hezbollah -- the Shia force in Lebanon -- has also been supported by Iran's Shia leaders. Of course Hezbollah joined the fighting in Syria alongside Assad and Iran's leadership. Just like the events in Iran, this fight is aginst the people of the country. See related article on the Syria revolution.

Protesting in Syria

Syria protests rally

Protests rally in Syria

Comments:

God bless you, Neda. You are an inspiration to me. You will never know how much you have changed my life -- thank you.

-- Marion L., UK

Neda! We nation of Iran apologize on behalf of the government of Iran for not protecting you and many other young people who have (been) killed because their demand for freedom! Rest in peace.

-- Saba, Tehran, Iran

Your post gave me some good ideas, it's really awesome. Thanks.

-- Murk, Munich, Germany

Aseara am auzit pentru prima data despre acest sufletel numit: Neda Agha-Soltan , urmarind un film pe canalul Tb-HBO. Multumesc in Numele Tuturor celor care Lupta pentru Drepturile omului, drepturi fundamentale, morale si firesti, Multumesc Ei ca a trait pentru cei ca Noi. Multumesc si parintilor Ei ca au dat Nastere unui Suflet Angelic precum era Ea.

-- Dinescu Adrian Roberto, Bucharest, Romania

[Last night I first heard about Neda Agha-Soltan, watching a movie on the HBO channel. I give thanks on behalf of all those who fight for human rights, fundamental rights that are moral and natural. Thanks to those who live for us. Thanks to her parents that gave birth to the angelic soul she was.]

No body can forget you. You were a candle in the wind that inflamed our heart and turned on the way. You will be always in our mind.

-- Kave H, Tehran, Iran

Muito triste o que aconteceu, uma linda mulher se foi, que ela descanse em paz.

-- Elvys Cleber, Porto Velho Ro, Brasil

[It was very sad what happened, she was a beautiful woman, may she rest in peace.]

And this is the reason I like Boomers Life. Incredible posts.

-- Joseph, NYC

I feel deeply in my heart for this young child of God . . . she deserved to live every day of her life just as any member of government, or any friend or foe. We need to make peace the future of this planet.

-- Mitch, Canada

From the mother of Neda Agaha-Soltan:

I want you, on my behalf, to thank everyone around the world, Iranians and non-Iranians, people from every country and culture, people who in their own way, their own tradition, have mourned my child. Everyone who lit a candle for her, every musician who wrote songs for her, who wrote poems about her, I want to thank all of them.

-- Hajer Rostam Motlagh

BBC Persian

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"Blowin' in the Wind"

by Bob Dylan

How many roads must a man walk down
Before you call him a man?
Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail
Before she sleeps in the sand?
Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannon balls fly
Before they're forever banned?
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind,
The answer is blowin' in the wind.

How many years can a mountain exist
Before it's washed to the sea?
Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist
Before they're allowed to be free?
Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head,
Pretending he just doesn't see?
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind,
The answer is blowin' in the wind.

How many times must a man look up
Before he can see the sky?
Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
Before he can hear people cry?
Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
That too many people have died?
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind,
The answer is blowin' in the wind.

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