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Difference between Iranian and U.S. protests

June 20, 2009

In the U.S., the full force of the State is used to block non-permitted protest. When there is outrage about police violence, the State loosens up. Massive protest would never be allowed to carry on for a week without a permit (see anti-Iraq war protests, the large ones permitted and all but ignored by U.S. dominant media).

In Iran, the State stayed more or less loose on non-permitted protests for a week. There were riot cops and Basiji paramilitaries but not a shutdown of protest activity. After a week it has begun to block them more forcefully.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Susan permalink
    June 20, 2009 21:20

    You don’t know the United States. Of course there unauthorized protests all the time.

    You are talking about tactics that the Iranian police and Basiji have and are using. At first, they hoped that unrest would stop. That is why they didn’t attack. You now see they have run out of patience and are killing people, hurting people and arresting those who have sought medical help. Americans don’t need to kill and injure political opponents. We do understand peaceful protest, and apparently Iranian authorities do not respect this kind of protest.

  2. T.H. permalink
    June 21, 2009 00:16

    Wow, Susan, you love generalizations.

    And what particular expertise do you have in Iran?

    Oh, and what happened at Kent State?

  3. Clayton Abernathy permalink
    June 22, 2009 21:27

    Viva Brasil and Palestina forever!

    This blog is superb, by the way. Dunno who you are, but keep up the jolly good work.

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