Regrouping Against Repression in Iran

By Al Giordano


This video comes from today's events in Iran, according to the Vigilante Journalist website.

In contrast with yesterday's scattershot street battles, during which state authorities largely succeeded in preventing a critical mass of demonstrators from assembling together, those marching in this scene have succeeded in restoring a sense of strength in numbers to the protests against the regime.

What's amazing is that they've accomplished this with so many means of communications blocked and with much of the visible leadership arrested or disappeared. They're not following orders from "leaders." Today's demonstration is a manifestation of a collective impulse toward organization.

I agree with Gandhi when he said, “My non-violence does not admit of running away from danger and leaving dear ones unprotected.  Between violence and cowardly flight, I can only prefer violence to cowardice."

That said, the tactical and strategic superiority of organized nonviolent revolt, of the kind seen in this video - in contrast to yesterday's scattered street skirmishes and battles - is what offers the Iranian resistance its fastest and cleanest path to victory.

What this scene tells us is that at the grassroots level, there are many Iranians that "get" how it works. And that means that yesterday's wave of violent repression by the state can already be chalked up as an Epic Fail. It didn't succeed a whit in quelling the revolt. The "low intensity warfare" strategy of the state - to try and divide the protests physically - is not working, because it presumes that public opinion is reactionary and will simply play along in a rock throwing contest. Here, we can see that, to the contrary, Iranian public opinion is proactive, and continues to be massive.

Update: There's a message on Facebook, in Farsi, from a group named Students Supporting the Legal Rights Movement. A reader translates for The Field:

Tuesday June 23rd: all citizens should strike, not go to work or school in honor of those who were killed in the demonstrations.

Between Mousavi's statement yesterday - "If they arrest me, go on strike" - the students calling for a strike on Tuesday, the Ayatollah Montazeri calling for "three days of mourning (read: general strike that uses another name) for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday," and the Bus Workers Union calling for a day of national education on Friday, the various tendencies in the resistance - electoral, student, religious and labor - are circling around the same idea. My guess is that before the week is out they'll synchronize their watches and all strike at once, quite plausibly when one of the labor sectors suddenly calls out a Wildcat Strike that electrifies the nation, bringing the other sectors into quick mobilization to seize upon the moment.

In other words, everybody knows what needs to be done. And the various sectors are kind of jockeying for position to see who gets to light the spark.

What today proves - after yesterday's brutality - is that fear is not carrying the day. The only thing the rulers have to fear is no fear itself!

Thought for the Day: I wish one, just one!, from the group of chatterers and pundits screeching that "Obama should do more" or "Obama should say more" about Iran would put pen to paper and propose the specific words they want the man to use beyond what the President has already said. Until they do, they can be taken no more seriously than vague shouters from the bleachers at the coach or the quarterback to "score a touchdown."

They won't do it, though. And that reluctance carries with it the acknowledgement that they know damn well that any talk tougher than what's already been said would only strengthen the regime's hand. I really have zero respect for those faux-pundits. They're circus clowns, that's all.

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About Al Giordano


Publisher, Narco News.

Reporting on the United States at The Field.

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