Wave Ganji's picture at your protests

13 September 2005

I am not so ignorant as to believe that this meager webblog could draw significant attention to Akbar Ganji's imprisonment.

Although, I hope it to be a stepping stone which will hopefully encourage others to also blog about it.

After receiving assurances from Iranian officials that he would be freed from jail if he stopped his hunger strike, the Iranian government has readmitted Akbar Ganji to prison and there are rumors that he has in fact been placed in solitary confinement.

Now I did a quick google search with the oft-hope that the international pressure which forced the Iranian government to acquiesce the first time would be once again reinvigorated.

And yet I found nothing. No signficant articles.

No coverage. Nothing. And in light of Ahmadinejad's first visit to the United Nations, shouldn't we be making a bigger deal out of Ganji's plight.

Instead of waving ridiculous placards with Maryam Rajavi, Reza Pahlavi, or some other godforsaken false idol, wouldn't it be more effective to display pictures of those people who are IN Iran and have been made victim's to the government's brutality.

Wouldn't it be more effective to wave placards with Ganji's hunger starved face.

In fact, protests scheduled to be held during Ahmadinejad's speech are bound to raise attention in Western media, thus making this an opportune time to raise attention to the abuse of political prisoners in Iran.

And yet I already know that instead of drawing constructive criticism towards the regime's horrendous human rights record, we will instead receive a hodgepodge of rich exiles who are more concerned with their own legacy then the well being an entire country.

When you see protests of people waving Reza or Maryam's face, remember that these are exiles living in beautiful homes in lush countries and that the faces not being flown and not being shown are that of prisoners back in Iran, jailed, starved, and tortured.


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