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Prayers Make History
Tehran Bureau ^ | 18 July 2009 | Un-named student

Posted on 07/19/2009 8:35:06 PM PDT by Texas Fossil

"Friday Prayers, another occasion to come out into the streets

As with other such days, I felt a dual sense of fear and fervor, heightened by the uncertainty of whether people would turn out or not. I arranged to go with friends, because the past month’s experiences have taught me that going alone is unsafe. I remembered to put my name and number on a piece of paper in my pocket so if anything happens to me, my family can be notified.

Two kilometers left to the venue: Tehran University, Prayer Hall"


"Generosity has become commonplace in Tehran these days. I have been on the receiving end of much of this kindness over the past month. Each of us helps in turn, when we can. I gave refuge to three strangers in my home the first Saturday after the vote.

What remains fascinating however is the intelligence in the methods of resistance I’ve seen from people during this period. Step by step, they are overpowering and repossessing the ideological symbols that the regime has always used to consolidate power. From drawing on religious and old revolutionary slogans and inventing new ones, to destroying the divide between secular and religious society, which Ahmadinejad has always tried to accentuate to justify advancing his own cause.

This latest conquest of Friday Prayers — an institution of the Islamic Republic — was another such victory. People are taking over the ideological symbols with which the government defines itself. Their apparatus has become a cancer that is now destroying itself. And this has stumped the Ahmadinejad-Khamenei power base. Night and day, people are thinking up new ways to fight back. Until the coup governments backs off, they will not stop."

(Excerpt) Read more at ...

TOPICS: Politics; Religion
KEYWORDS: khamenei; prayer; rafsanjani; tehran
This is a very long detail narrative about Friday Prayer in Tehran including coverage of Rafsanjani's speech.

The author admits being a non-believer, I thought odd for Tehran unless he was a "Leftist".

But found the description went along with the Twitter info that I have heard. It sounds credible.

Worth the time to read. Stated that it was the 1st of 2 parts.

1 posted on 07/19/2009 8:35:07 PM PDT by Texas Fossil
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