Skip to comments.The mood as Iran votes: feverish, rowdy, tense
Posted on 06/12/2009 3:51:06 AM PDT by Loyalist
polls Friday to choose their president.
The country is bitterly divided between the backers of incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and those who support his biggest rival, Mir-Hossein Mousavi. A week of feverish campaigning has left both sides worried the other will somehow steal the victory.
When reform-minded Mohammed Khatami stormed to power unexpectedly in 1997, it was said the streets were full of excited youth. But this week in Tehran, the enthusiastic crowds, numbering in the hundreds of thousands, were said to be greater. It was dawn Thursday, and the early morning call to prayer had already sounded before the final participants stumbled home to bed from the last rallies.
Tehran has never seen anything like it. For a city that is normally quiet by 10 p.m., the centre of Tehran was filled every night this week with rowdy activists, many racing through the streets in cars and motorbikes plastered with posters and Iranian flags. They honked their horns, screamed slogans and waved banners as if they've never had the chance to let loose before.
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It's not who votes that counts, but who counts the votes. In this case, the ayatollahs, who will almost certainly fix it to give Ahmedinejad another four years because he's advanced the nuclear program and made the rest of the world--especially the U.S.--look impotent.
How do you say ACORN in farsi?