The blog of Tokyo based photographer and photojournalist, Damon Coulter

Rain on the parade

Protesters their faces covered to avoid identification, hold placards showing the faces of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and opposition leader Mir-Hossein Mousavi at a Pro Iranian democracy demonstration Tokyo, Japan, June 28th 2009

Protesters their faces covered to avoid identification, hold placards showing the faces of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and opposition leader Mir-Hossein Mousavi at a Pro Iranian democracy demonstration Tokyo, Japan, June 28th 2009

A marcher holds an alternative Iranian flag at a Pro Iranian democracy demonstration Tokyo, Japan, June 28th 2009

A marcher holds an alternative Iranian flag at a Pro Iranian democracy demonstration Tokyo, Japan, June 28th 2009

Protesters giving speeches at a Pro Iranian democracy demonstration outside the United Nations University in Tokyo, Japan, June 28th 2009

Protesters giving speeches at a Pro Iranian democracy demonstration outside the United Nations University in Tokyo, Japan, June 28th 2009

eet stamp on a poster telling Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to go to Hell at a Pro-Iranian democracy demonstration Tokyo, Japan, Sunday, June 28th 2009

Feet stamp on a poster telling Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to go to Hell at a Pro-Iranian democracy demonstration Tokyo, Japan, Sunday, June 28th 2009

Everybody should be paying attension to what is happening in Iran; it is something that may change the face of Middle Eastern politicss as we know it and may signal, at long last, the start of reason over religion for that overly zeolous region. Like the protests that brought down the Berlin Wall the direction and outcome of this unrest will affect us all: the world we understand in terms of good and bad or them and us will disappear. Of course the Iranians are not there yet and know it will be a long struggle where the successes are going to be very hard won while the failures promise to be (and are now) brutal.

As a sign of how importantly the world is taking this crisis, today in the Tokyo rain just over a hundred people protested against the election result which returned  Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to power with a frankly unbelievable majority 2 weeks ago. Most were Iranians who are living in Japan and many,  like the young protesters in Tehran who are risking their lives doing similar things, were basically protesting for truth. They were not protesting  to bring about a change of government, per se, indeed most seemed prepared to be let down by the opposition leader, Mir-Hossein Mousavi, but they do consider him a start on the path to what they want for Iran:  such as religious, cultural and personal freedoms.

That’s what I mean when I say we need to watch what happens carefully because aren`t we led to believe that those ideals are the exclusive domain of western, developed nations?

Understanding our differences and similarities does not suit the purposes of those “over here” that wish to demonize the Islamic East and other “over there” places that we either do not understand or fear. To find the people there just like us, not like us in the way they want to be like us, but in the way they want to be themselves is something western governments still find unnerving no doubt. But if we “got it”; if we could see their essential humanity and the fact that their own leaders respected it (along with own own) we might, just might have peace in this World

Links to follow as it is way past 2:30 am go and time to go to sleep but read more about all the election details here if your interested.

Damon

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