Watch for the next wave of Demonstrations in Iran
Mark it on your calendar:
March 16 and 17, 2010
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Chahar-Shanbeh Souri (direct translation is Wednesday Festivity) the feast of fire. This celebration heralds the approaching of Norooz, the Iranian new year, a pre-Islamic celebration of Spring and the vernal equinox on March 21st. Chahar-Shanbeh Souri is celebrated on the last Wednesday eve (Tuesday night) before Norooz. People build small bonfires and jump over the flames to purify and purge their spirits of all the negativity and pain of the passing year so that they can begin the new year with a fresh outlook and jovial disposition. During this celebration, it is also customary to light sparklers and throw fireworks. It is also customary for people to do a form of ‘trick or treating’ where people from neighborhoods go around from house to house collecting food for the poor.
Since the beginning of the Islamic Revolution, the Iranian regime has done everything in it’s power to suppress Iranians from celebrating Persian festivals and celebrations, calling them pagan in an attempt to eradicate pre-Islamic Persian heritage. This specific celebration has always been an annual bone of contention and a sort of reckoning between the Iranian people who hold on steadfast and true to their Persian heritage and the Coup d’Etat regime whose official ‘cultural’ identity is an arcane hodgepodge of Messianic Islam and various other ideologies and movements thrown in for good measure.
As the wave of protests in Iran continues look for the next wave, on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 16th and 17th. Iranians throughout Iran have begun to prepare for this celebration and calls for protests has begun to ring out all across Iran. On Chahar-Shanbeh Souri Iranians have vowed to turn out en mass all around Iran in order to show their love of their culture, customs, identity and homeland and their contempt for the Islamic regime and to continue to call for regime change.
What can you do to prepare when you are not inside Iran?
1. Go to Current local time in Tehran so you know what time to be near your computer from where you live and go to Twitter. Protests usually get started around 9:00 a.m. in the morning, but there are always a lot of chaos through the night before. Arrests and round-ups of people happen so you could begin spreading the information earlier than 9:00 a.m. Tehran time.
2. While you are re-tweeting be conscious of what you are spreading. Check the link and make sure it isn’t spam. Make sure it is verifiable information that is being covered by other Tweets. Especially if you are new, you do not know who is credible and who is solely there to spread disinformation.
3. Never give advice to the people inside Iran. Do not tell them to go into the street and demonstrate. Do not tell them what roads are safe because you could be sending them into a trap. Remember they are there …. you are not!
4. There are a lot of news organizations now writing articles on-line. Start gathering up the information that is from credible news sources – if you do not know what blogs to trust – then go to your standard news sources: CNN, BBC, FOX, etc. and if there is any breaking or important information start sharing the short link to those articles.
5. There are many live blogs that run posting information from inside Iran. I will compile a list of some that I follow.
6. Turn CNN on, they now have a live Iran Desk that reports during the protests. The coverage is amazing even though their journalists were denied licenses to report from inside Iran.
7. If you speak Persian you can listen to live radio accounts on Epersian Radio. Do not call the radio station if you are not inside Iran. You will be tieing up the lines for the people who really need to call in and give information.
8. Watch for videos that are making it out of Iran, but be careful here too! Sometimes it is old footage and disinformation to make things appear different than they actually are!
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10. Share your experience with others. Send an e mail, post on Facebook, call a friend or family and tell every one what you learned, what happened, what is going on and educate those around you to the situation. Consciousness and energy creates the nature of reality. Do you part to demand Human Rights and peace on Earth. All hands on deck!