History is unfolding in Iran at this very minute. Whatever the outcome of the tumult, the Iranian people's audacious Green Revolution is fast becoming the story of the year.
The headlined statement is from a Twitter message quoted in the NYTimes, “one of thousands of brief electronic dispatches that kept the outside world up-to-the-minute on the protests,” as the Iranian government has shut down opposition TV, radio and newspapers and jammed phone texting as well as access to Internet chatrooms and social networking sites like Facebook. Who knew Twitter would be at the right place at the right time, thus becoming an inextricable part of history?
Boston.com's The Big Picture has a round-up of absolutely riveting photographs from the streets of Tehran, showing numerous instances of plainclothes militia savagely beating unarmed demonstrators, men and women, with truncheons--and incredibly, veiled women fighting back, holding their ground with as much courage and defiance as the men. A cowed citizenry has had enough, and now Iran's streets are heaving with their wrath.
Once upon a time, this was our story, too--twice in our history, in fact. EDSA I was also triggered by a stolen election. And while they have Twitter now to fan the flames of revolt, we had texting back in EDSA II. In the struggle for the same basic freedoms, the Iranian people deserve our solidarity and support. This is their People Power moment. Let their true voices be heard.
Iran's agony, from The Big Picture (all captions by Alan Taylor):
Supporters of Mir Hossein Mousavi march through Valiasr Street during riots in Tehran on June 13, 2009. (OLIVIER LABAN-MATTEI/AFP/Getty Images)
Backers of defeated Iranian presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi are beaten by government security men during riots in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, June 14, 2009. (AP Photo)
A supporter of defeated presidential candidate Mousavi is beaten by government security men as fellow supporters come to his aid during riots in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, June 14, 2009. (AP Photo)
Supporters of defeated Iranian presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi are followed by Iranian riot-police with batons in front of Tehran University during riots in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, June 14, 2009. (AP Photo)
A man lies on the back of a taxi, after being seriously injured by gunfire in an area where pro-government militia were firing shots near a rally supporting leading opposition presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi in Tehran, Iran, Monday, June 15, 2009. (AP Photo)
A backer of Mir Hossein Mousavi helps evacuate an injured riot-police officer during riots in Tehran on June 13, 2009. (OLIVIER LABAN-MATTEI/AFP/Getty Images)
On Monday, June 15, 2009, Iranian opposition demonstrators protest in support of defeated presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi, in Tehran. Opposition supporters defied a ban to stage a mass rally in Tehran in protest at President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's landslide election win, as Iran faced a growing international backlash over the validity of the election and the subsequent crackdown on opposition protests. (BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP/Getty Images)
More pictures here, some of them graphic. Forget CNN; the best, up-to-the-minute coverage of the Iranian upheaval is happening online, here and here.