There are moments in history when those in power believe they have triumphed because of their control over military and police forces. Violent clashes continue in Iran despite threats by security forces they will crush any challenge to the state’s authority. Large numbers of police and army contingents flooded the streets but young Iranians continued shouting their defiance. The Ayatollah Khamenei has demanded an end to public rallies and acts of civil disobedience, but Iranian youth are distributing via the Internet the ideas of Gandhi and Martin Luther King on how to conduct non-violence resistance. One group of protestors aimed their anger at the son of Ayatollah Khamenei who is said to be behind the crackdown. “Mojtaba, may you die, so that you don’t get the supreme leadership” was the chant of crowds of young people.
A man in his sixties told western reporters the reason he continued to protest was because, “they have killed our dear youth. How can we forgive them? Khamenei has the army and police on his side, but in the process he has lost Iranian youth who are shocked a leading cleric would order killing of young Iranians. One doubts if Khamenei can cite passages in the Koran which sanction such behavior.