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June 28, 2009

Iran Update: “Can You Hear Me Now? …Hello?” (…Crackle…)

Mousavi via cellphone.jpg

Are you still in withdrawal over the Iranian suppression of the post-election protests?

At this point, the kind and degree of visual coverage still making it West is telling in itself. For example, this report from CNN yesterday shows people using the commemoration of the martyrdom of a former chief justice as an excuse to silently march through the streets again. Unfortunately, the length and sweep of the video is so limited, there’s no way to get a sense of scope, mood, anything.

More depressingly, the report offers a short and rather futile clip — vividly captured in the citizen photo above, distributed by Reuters — in which Alireza Beheshti, a close assistant of Mousavi, holds a cell phone to a megaphone to allow the leader to address his followers.

If you can’t tell just from Beheshti’s face, however, the CNN reporter informs us the technique worked so poorly, the candidate couldn’t be understood.

(image: unattributed. Via Reuters. Near Ghoba mosque in northern Tehran. June 28, 2009)

  • lytom

    Hello? Can you hear of the protests in Honduras?
    Ask the media if they hear anything.
    http://www.china.org.cn/pictures/2009-06/29/content_18029504.htm
    Do repressions appeal to your senses? Upset about the human rights abuses?
    “At least two leaders of the coup launched in Honduras on June 28 were apparently trained at a controversial Department of Defense school based at Fort Benning, Georgia infamous for producing graduates linked to torture, death squads and other human rights abuses.”
    Can twitters twit on their own or need just a small nudge from one twitter to start direction of a “movement” that serves the empire’s gain?

  • Jason

    The revolution won’t be megaphoned? I’m not sure that’s even a word? Perhaps that megaphone was left behind in the 79′ (1979)revolution, now 30 years later? In a digital age, this is almost unrecogizable. A few notes: the man in the middle with the cord held tight and low is over it. The tall man at left center appears to know the “problem”, youth over status? The man on the “mic” looks lost.

  • yg

    one of the pundits on iranian history recounted how in the years leading up to the overthrow of the shah, multiple copies of khomeini’s sermons would be dubbed on audio cassette tapes and passed around tehran to galvanize supporters. perhaps this is an alternative that can be utilized. if the regime continues shutting down online access, going old school would be a way to skirt around restrictions.

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