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27 April 2017 17:01 (South Africa)
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New demos in Tehran breathe life into opposition

  • Branko Brkic
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    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

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Tens of thousands of protesters marched through Tehran and other Iranian cities Friday, hijacking government’s anti-Israel march and giving new energy to its opposition.  The protests were a public embarrassment to President Ahmadinejad who was trying to demonstrate national unity for the benefit of international opinion, two weeks before he meets Western leaders on nuclear talks. Speaking on the eve of the Jewish New Year, Ahmadinejad called the Holocaust “a lie” and chastised western criticism of Iran’s election.  His efforts were largely drowned out by street rallies where three main opposition leaders, Mir Hussein Moussavi, Mehdi Karroubi and Mohammad Khatami, marched with followers, underscoring the continuing vitality of an opposition movement that has rejected the election as fraudulent.   On this day, police seemed to stay neutral, standing on the sidelines as protesters faced off against huge crowds of government supporters – many bused in from outside the main centres.  The protesters, ignoring official warnings not to use the annual pro-Palestinian rally as a pretext for demonstrations, showed up wearing the bright green of the opposition. When government speakers shouted “Death to Israel” through loudspeakers, protesters responded: “Death to Russia”.

Tens of thousands of protesters marched through Tehran and other Iranian cities Friday, hijacking government’s anti-Israel march and giving new energy to its opposition.  The protests were a public embarrassment to President Ahmadinejad who was trying to demonstrate national unity for the benefit of international opinion, two weeks before he meets Western leaders on nuclear talks.

Speaking on the eve of the Jewish New Year, Ahmadinejad called the Holocaust “a lie” and chastised western criticism of Iran’s election.  His efforts were largely drowned out by street rallies where three main opposition leaders, Mir Hussein Moussavi, Mehdi Karroubi and Mohammad Khatami, marched with followers, underscoring the continuing vitality of an opposition movement that has rejected the election as fraudulent.  

On this day, police seemed to stay neutral, standing on the sidelines as protesters faced off against huge crowds of government supporters – many bused in from outside the main centres.  The protesters, ignoring official warnings not to use the annual pro-Palestinian rally as a pretext for demonstrations, showed up wearing the bright green of the opposition.

When government speakers shouted “Death to Israel” through loudspeakers, protesters responded: “Death to Russia”.

  • Branko Brkic
    branko3048 a ray
    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

    Recent columns:

  • Politics

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