Green Ribbons and Turbans: Young Iranians Against the Mullahs

Green Ribbons and Turbans: Young Iranians Against the Mullahs

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by Armin Arefi
     
 

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During the last presidential election in Iran, nonviolent protestors defied the mullahs’ power by wearing green ribbons on their wrists. In June of 2009, the inhabitants of Tehran were living underground to escape the government’s authority, strangled by interdictions, dreaming of freedom and revolution. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, president of the Islamic

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During the last presidential election in Iran, nonviolent protestors defied the mullahs’ power by wearing green ribbons on their wrists. In June of 2009, the inhabitants of Tehran were living underground to escape the government’s authority, strangled by interdictions, dreaming of freedom and revolution. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, president of the Islamic Republic of Iran and desperate to maintain his power, defeated his opponent, Mahmoud Mousavi, by massive electoral fraud. The resulting frustration and anger throughout the country sparked a gigantic wave of opposition. The Green Movement was born.

In this timely, politically relevant, and unique account of life in Iran, Arefi takes us to a world removed from the usual cultural and political clichés about Iran and lets us hear the voices of a new generation of Iranians, who have never known anything but religious dictatorship and repression. He also tells the stories of the first victims of repression—Neda, Sohrab, and Taraneh.

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Publishers Weekly
Arefi, press correspondent for several French newspapers and a refugee from Iran, offers an intimate look at the Iranian “Green Movement,” sharing the narratives of the twenty-something activists who rose up to nonviolently protest fraud in the 2009 presidential election. He sets the background—the jockeying between Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and challenger Mir-Hossein Mousavi—with prose peppered with recreated dialogue and some (slightly cloying) descriptions as if to create a blow-by-blow leading up to the protests. The crux—and real value—of the text resides within the interwoven vignettes about the activists, what they risked and how they organized. Arefi focuses especially on those imprisoned, maimed, raped, forced to flee, or—as in the case of the iconic, tragic 26 year-old Neda Agha-Soltan—murdered by government forces. Her death was captured on cell phone photos and videos and disseminated around the world, revealing once and for all the “barbaric actions of this regime.” Despite a mawkish tone (“The melancholic opening arpeffios of Coldplay’s Clocks fill the air…”) and an undeniably clunky translation, Arefi’s account is deeply felt and very readable. (Nov.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781611453195
Publisher:
Arcade Publishing
Publication date:
11/01/2011
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.32(h) x 0.98(d)

Meet the Author

Armin Arefi was a press correspondent for major French newspapers in Iran until 2007, when he fled the country to avoid persecution and imprisonment. Inspired by his experience in the Islamic Republic, he seeks to combat the usual clichés about the Iranian people and keep the world informed about what’s happening on the streets of Tehran. His contacts in Iran reported to him daily during the protests following the 2009 election, giving him eyewitness accounts as material for this book. He lives in France.

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