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'One Day We Will Be Spontaneous'


Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei addressing the spontaneous masses in Qom, October 21, 2010.

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei addressing the spontaneous masses in Qom, October 21, 2010.

Blogger "The Notes of a Crazy Pear" reacts to Iranian state-controlled media's coverage of the Qom citizens' welcoming Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei.

Some exerpts:

I was looking at the pictures of the welcome by people in Qom. Thousands of God-seeking people took to the streets and were being crushed by the escort cars or they were pressing themselves on the main car...for what?

Anyway, it’s an incident that has happened many times before. In fact, it’s not very upsetting for me. But one thing that really [upsets] me is when domestic media shout to the world about the spontaneous welcome by millions of people. Hearing this sentence, one is in pain. Someone has to be found in this country, who would say that when several people attend such a ceremony for their interest and with previous coordination, it can’t be called spontaneous. You can’t change the meaning of words for your own benefit.

You can’t, after several weeks of planning, gather a crowd of several thousand with matching banners and specific slogans and give them flowers and take them to the streets under the name of a spontaneous crowd but call a crowd of millions [of opposition members who protests against the disputed reelection of Mahmud Ahmadinejad on June 15, 2009] a bunch of seditionists.

The day they will understand will be too late. That day will be the time for the historical and spontaneous welcome by the people …we will show you what spontaneous is!

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Persian Letters is a blog that offers a window into Iranian politics and society. Written primarily by Golnaz Esfandiari, Persian Letters brings you under-reported stories, insight and analysis, as well as guest Iranian bloggers -- from clerics, anarchists, feminists, Basij members, to bus drivers.

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