Iranians Protest in Westwood
I was driving through Westwood today when I saw a group of Iranians, mostly middle-aged Iranian women, protest for the chaos that has been happening in Iran. They were chanting in Farsi about overthrowing the current regime, then switched to English. Below is a brief video I captured while stuck at a red light.
I’m surprised that any Iranian would be shocked that the election was rigged. I mean, really? This is the problem with a theocratic government: you have Ayatollah Ali Khamenei dictating everything, so anything he says, goes. Achmedinejad is just a figurehead who was initially voted for “economic reform and to end corruption,” but of course he’s done none.
On September 16, 2008, Kenneth Pollack gave a speech at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, saying that the current regime is willing to kill enough people and rig elections (something the Shah didn’t do), just to stay in power. This past week alone several Iranians have lost their lives while protesting in the streets. There is massive corruption, getting incrementally worse year to year.
Pollack also said the Iranian system is the most fragmented, making us (the U.S.) look like the best and structured.
I’m really glad that the citizens of Iran are finally doing something about the corruption and fighting for their rights. It’s going to take a long time, but as long as Iranians maintain their vision for a better future, great things will eventually happen for that country.
How do you feel about all the protests? Do you see change in the future?