There’s Somethin’ Happenin’ Here

Flower PowerRemember 1968? It was a time of incense and peppermints, electrical bananas, white rabbits and Revolution was in the air. It appears that it’s 1968 again for the first time in that most repressed of theocracies, Iran.

It happens every day on the streets of Tehran: a police squad grabbed a young woman for dressing immodestly. But this time, the young woman fought back, and a crowd defended her and attacked the police.

Whoa! That’s not supposed to happen in Tehran. “The modesty police” there have been getting a bit more, um, aggressive of late, and some people just don’t like it.

Among the calls coming from the angry crowd after the police were first driven away: “You have put us on since 1979 until now” (the Islamic Revolution of 1979) The crowd cheered after repeating the slogan multiple times.

Another slogan chanted repeatedly – accompanied by boos: “We do not want the Islamic regime”

The crowd continuously boos and heckles the police: “A revolution is happening” When a police vehicle approaches, there is a call: “Look this guy is entangled too” “He is going the wrong way”, “What the hell are you going to do?” “How many people do you think you can kill?”

Then, there are cries of “Death to the Police”

Can you hear it? Hey, Hey, Ho, Ho! Ay-a-tol-lah has to go!

The story comes on the heels of reports of student uprisings. As with this story, the reports are nowhere to be seen in the official Iranian press or the Western media – but by those who are determined that stories of resistance are somehow told.

Hum… Lenin had a hard time with those printing presses too.

Gee. You know, if they’ve reached 1968, the Iranians have come a long was from the 10th century, which is where they put themselves in 1979.

H/T to Glenn Reynolds.

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