Flashmob on Two Year Anniversary of Election Crackdown Highlights Continued Abuses in Iran
On 12 June 2011, to mark two years since Iran’s disputed election, the grassroots movements United4Iran and Move4Iran coordinated a flash mob in a Paris metro station to draw attention to the ongoing human rights abuses Iran’s citizens continue to face. The flashmob’s intent was to highlight sustained international support for Iranians, to encourage individuals worldwide to recommit support for Iran’s civil rights movement, and to show sustained support for the Iranian people.
Flashmob participants wore green and froze, while silently holding the peace/victory sign (“V”) — both of which are symbols of Iran’s civil society movement. The flashmob also showed sustained support for the movement in Iran. The flashmob concluded with everyone unfreezing and raising their “V”s. The flashmob quietly echoed the fact that despite Iran’s civil society seemingly forced into silence, the movement continues.as well as to remind the audience of the risks Iranian face daily in exercising basic human rights and the total impossibility of being able to even organize a silent demonstration like the Paris flashmob.
United4Iran encourages all interested organizations and individuals to coordinate similar flashmobs in their own cities — if you need ideas or suggestions, email United4Iran at [email protected].
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