The girls’s headband says: “Khamenei is the leader.”
You haven’t forgotten Hossein Fahmideh, have you?
Every year, before the 13 Aban demonstration “basiji” students from around Tehran gather in his honor. That photo above is from this ceremony yesterday. The girl in front doesn’t look very enthusiastic, does she?
Today, another group of university and school students met the leader for 13 Aban. (although looking at the third photo, a lot of those men don’t look like “students” to me). Look at the green. It’s not coincidental. In fact, AyandehNews reports that the students were heard loudly chanting today:
“Jonbesheh Sabz-e Alavi, Fadayeh Seyed Ali”: The Green Alavi Movement will give its life for Seyed Ali [Khamenei]
Sabz faghat Sabz-e Alavi; Lanat beh Sabz-e Omavi: “Green is only the green of the Alavis [followers of the prophet]; damned be the green of traitors.”
Catchy, and dangerous things to shout indeed.
Also look at where they’ve incorporate the green: they don’t have green around their wrists which has become very widespread in the opposition. They’ve used it around the head, where we usually don’t use it.
They are putting student against student, pushing for more confrontation not only at the “grownup” political level, but in the lives of kids as well. At least they are trying.
The first seven photos are from students’ meeting with Khamenei. The last two are from yesterday, in memory of Fahmideh. In the very last photo, Rahim Safavi, the former head of the IRGC is seen kissing the hand of Fahmideh’s father. In the sixth, they are handing out prizes to top basiji students.
I look at these kids, and I can’t help but wonder what this means for the future of Iran. Many of these kids may have been brought here randomly, as we were when we were kids. But some may also devoutly believe in this system and think that they will live on to serve it the best way they can. Some will call this brainwashing … But whatever you label it, these are kids too. How will we ever be able to reconcile these two opposites? These two (and certainly more) visions of what Iran should mean? Are we always condemned to fighting the bitter fights of our fathers?
Although especially in the first photo, these kids don’t look like they’re fighting. Just having a good time.
In Honor of Hossein Fahmideh: