Sunday, December 27, 2009

Death To The Dictator Update

It is time to start wondering out loud whether Iran’s uprising could become
one of those Berlin Wall moments.

There’s the currency campaign, for starters. Thousands of rial notes have been
stamped with a simple green “V” for victory. Others bear handwritten slogans
that echo the public chants denouncing the regime. Some have even been
reprinted with pictures: one is a cartoon of President Ahmadinejad with
“people’s enemy” written underneath. Another carries a picture from the
mobile phone images of Neda Agha Soltan as she lay dying on the street from
a sniper’s bullet. Underneath is written “death to the dictator” — a common
public chant against Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Then there is the boycott of goods advertised on state-controlled television.
People in line at markets whisper to other shoppers not to buy certain
products that help to subsidise the Government’s broadcasting monopoly — and
its version of events.
Go Green!