Iranian Authorities Must Respect and Nurture Debate
June 18, 2009
Whatever their immediate outcome, the events now unfolding in Iran are truly momentous, with the scenes beamed out of Tehran and across the world on Monday as amazing as they were unexpected: hundreds of thousands of Iranians parading through Tehran's Freedom Square in protest against what they claim was a stolen election. And they came back again throughout the week, once again in large numbers, despite the violence that erupted at the end of Monday's rally and the government's media clampdown. Having turned out to vote in numbers that politicians in most countries could only dream about, the people of Iran are determined to make their voices heard.