Thursday, February 11, 2010
Yo Iran, Chill Out.
While major anti-government protests were predicted for Thursday to coincide with Iran’s 31st anniversary celebration of the revolution, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad successfully overshadowed dissidents with scare tactics, a large pro-government rally, and a news-making announcement that Iran is now a “nuclear state.” Iranian hardliners went so far to stifle opposition that they attacked dissident leaders, including the wife of Mir-Hossein Mousavi.
Mir-Hossein Mousavi was approaching Azadi Square, where Ahmadinejad gave his speech, when he was surrounded by baton wielding plainclothes militia, and wasn't able to join the people, according to an opposition web site, Kalame.org
His wife, Zahra Rahnavard, who took the unlikely step of campaigning with her husband last year, was allegedly surrounded and beaten with batons on the head and shoulder. But protestors formed a circle around her and escorted her away. She's safe now, according to Kalame.
The only time having a baton in one's hand is if a person is in a marching band, even then, having a baton in your hand is a cry for help. Baton twirling itself is about as asinine as an activity can get. That being said, hitting people with batons is pretty funny. But seriously Iran, simmer down.