Iran: The Silence We Hear Is Only Our Own

Abby Zimet

With protests brutally quelled and most journalists detained, expelled or threatened, the news from Iran has slowed. But unrest and suffering continue. After visiting the family of a young man murdered in the turmoil, opposition leader Mousavi has announced he will attend Tehran's Friday prayer services, historically a key political platform. For updates and heart-breaking testimony from political prisoners, go here; for a look at the ongoing unrest, most notably among clergy, go here

"The protest movement
that exploded into Iran’s streets in June was not a momentary flash of
anger. It would not have been so heart-stopping if it were. Rather, for
the segment of the populace engaged in the protests, it was the
culmination of decades of frustrated hopes and indignities. What propelled them to the streets was the long, slow burn of
accumulated grievance, and there is little reason to believe that their
fury has so swiftly expended itself."

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