iran was green, but today all is orange

I finally have access to my own blog again. While in Iran, access to login was simply denied.

Iran is a fantastic country. History overflows. People are the kindest and the most hospitable I’ve ever seen. Food is also great.

I had the incredible chance to be and live with Iranians for 2 weeks.

What I saw was a country in green, the colour of opponent Mousavi, a candidate who rallied in the Iranian elections yesterday, against the current president, Mr. Ahmadinejad, who adopts the orange colour.

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girls in green
girls in green

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Every night, from 8PM until 3AM or later, thousands of people would gather on the streets of major cities in Iran to cheer for their candidates.

What we saw was a massive majority of young people wearing green shirts, women wearing green head-scarves, green dresses, green shoes, people painting their cars and motorbikes in green. Shouting “bye bye Ahmadinejad”, and cheering for Mousavi.

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bikes in green
bikes in green

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We could not move. Traffic was simply massive. Motorbikes everywhere, flags, posters.

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thousands for Mousavi at Imam Sq. in Esfahan
thousands for Mousavi at Imam Sq. in Esfahan

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to the other side of the square: yet more thousands
to the other side of the square: yet more thousands

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People were very clear: “Mousavi will win with a large margin of votes. If something different happens, it will be evident fraud” — people said. And some even warned: “it is so clear that Mousavi has a great majority of votes that if he does not win, we will simply not accept it. We will go to the streets, and claim our rights.”

At the same day of the elections the government announced that current president Ahmadinejad has been re-elected, with over 65% of votes. With no electronic system, some argue that it was impossible to have such a great amount of ballot boxes counted. Some independent and non-official polls just one day before elections argued that Mousavi had over 50% of votes.

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mousavi supporters
mousavi supporters

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Some argue that during the first 3h the government counted 15millon votes, and again on the following 3h, more 15million; which is considered to be almost impossible. Today some reported that the police is on the streets, no one knows what to do, and it is reported that Mousavi is calling all this a jugglery.

The whole world, and mainly Iranians, are now watching the scene.

What will happen in the coming days?

update: 16 hours after this post was made, I received further information from friends in Iran — they are saying that “nothing is working properly, Internet, phone, satellite… it takes 2-3 minutes for the Google homepage to load. We can’t open Facebook. And we are far from news, and so angry!!!”

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ahmadinejad supporter
ahmadinejad supporter

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but now all is orange again
but now all is orange again
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