They came by the thousands into the streets of Tehran, many wearing black with the Mousavi campaign signature’s green wristbands and red roses could be seen in the hands of those who were tired of having their nation transformed into a giant jail. They had come to mourn the death of Neda Soltan who was brutally shot during protests in the aftermath of the stolen Iranian presidential election. Hundreds of police wielding batons struck repeatedly at those who had come to express their grief for a young woman who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Mir Hossein Mousavi who “lost” to President Ahmadinejad was forced to leave the cemetery but his wife gained entrance. She walked into the cemetery along with many clerics and former members of Parliament. Neda’s mother spoke for everyone by saying: “Her death has been so painful that words can never describe my true feelings. But knowing that the world cried for her has comforted me.”
Ahmadinejad is “president of Iran” but even conservative Iranian clerics are furious at his incompetence and brutality which has unleashed a wave of fury against leaders of the country. The Ides of June may well be warnings that Ahmadinejad’s tenure in office will be short.