Saturday, June 27, 2009

Special Theme Day: Iran Protests

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The City Daily Photo Blog community chose today as a special theme day to show support for the ongoing Iranian protests.

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There were a number of suggestions as to how we, as individual CDP bloggers, could choose to participate.

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I chose to select photos which did not show the violence that is currently taking place there, but which show the courage and determination of the protesters.

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A recent letter of support by Peter Hallward of Middlesex University in the UK, and signed by a number of fellow scholars, has a very good statement:

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. . . a government which claims to represent the will of its people can only do so if it respects the most basic preconditions for the determination of such a will: the freedom of the people to assemble, unhindered, as an inclusive collective force; the capacity of the people, without restrictions on debate or access to information, to deliberate, decide and implement a shared course of action.

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My thoughts and prayers are with those courageous enough to stand up for their beliefs in the face of such violence and oppression.

Click here to view thumbnails for all participants

8 comments:

Ann June 27, 2009 at 11:52 PM  

Well done K, I hope that by adding our voices we can raise awareness and let people know they are not forgotten by the rest of the world.

Julie June 28, 2009 at 1:23 AM  

That is a potent comment from the academics, K. I like the images that show the courage and the commitment of the Iranian people.

I am so glad you posted on this special Theme Day. We want our blogger back. The world is watching.

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com June 28, 2009 at 2:28 AM  

excellent collage to support the people of Iran who want their votes counted and our missing fellow city daily photo blogger who we all hope is released from custody soon.

Jim K June 28, 2009 at 3:38 AM  

What seems to unreal to me is that kid in the first photo could be any kid on the streets here. To have to fight for a vote, that takes courage.

Babooshka June 28, 2009 at 6:26 AM  

Well said and well done all round. We are one for on this for those that have none.

JM June 28, 2009 at 12:39 PM  

Our missing friend's photos are fantastic! Great selection here.

Petrea June 28, 2009 at 3:18 PM  

When I think of the Iranian people I wonder if I would be as brave if I were in their place. They move me to tears.

I think many of the pictures you posted were taken by our missing blogger. I hope for his speedy, safe return to his loved ones. Thank you for your excellent post.

Mateo June 29, 2009 at 9:15 AM  

I'm glad for your support. I'd like to make you aware of this video. Jump to 00:27:10 if you don't like to watch the whole video. I think this is what most western countries deny but it is all connected.