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June 15, 2009

The Post-Election Campaign

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With the crisis in Iran playing out as much on the international media stage, Iran has entered what could be called the “post-election” campaign.   

In that regard, one mission of the reformers — here, with a hat-tip to Warhol and Fairey, perhaps — is to re-introduce Mousavi as the most iconic and contemporary figure possible.

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In this instance, the green bow identified with Mr. Mousavi’s candidacy is blown up to enormous size and passed around the huge crowd demonstrating in Tehran. The scale elevates the symbol, usually worn on the wrist, to something the entire country might try on.

(updated 10 pm EST)


(update 4pm EST – June 16) A screen grab from a Tehran street demonstration today (via BBC). Proposing a rightful place.

(image: Behrouz Mehri -AFP/Getty Images. caption: Iranian opposition demonstrators carry portraits of defeated reformist presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi, in Tehran on June 15, 2009. 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. image 2: credit: The New York Times. from the slideshow: Opposition Defies Protest Ban in Tehran.)

  • Werner

    theres actually quite an astonishing and emotional series of pictures I saw on where an Iranian Policeman is being circled by demonstrators and then let out very exhausted. You can find the series under by searching for “Iran” or just by punching in the image number 88469454 (and then search for similars)

  • Rhodo Zeb

    The ruling party is trying to slow things down with the review, but even Mousavi apparently said he doesn’t have much confidence in the result.
    While in some cases you might get lucky and things will settle down while that happens, in this case…

  • yg

    note in the top photo the women dressed in black, conservative, full chador. the photos document what’s being written about. it’s not just the young, liberal, well-to-do middle class who support this movement. the poor and elderly also hunger for change.

  • yg

    oh, and it’s been noted how the role of mousavi’s wife being active and vocal on the campaign trail has electrified the woman vote. she is referred to as zahra rahnavard, as opposed to zahra mousavi. fascinating she goes by her maiden name.

  • yg

    The scale elevates the symbol, usually worn on the wrist, to something the entire country might try on.
    love this interpretation: wrist ribbon for the country.
    didn’t occur to me.


    And it is also interesting the heaps of scorn HRC endured when she added “Rodham” to her name. Interesting that it is by and large now missing. Why do Iranians react positively to a woman going by her unmarried name but we Americans spit and are full of bile when a woman here does it?
    I know, I know — apples and oranges but Hillary was the first person who popped into mind.

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