Iran: Egypt Uprising a Vivid Reminder of Iran's Green Movement

This post is part of our special coverage of Egypt Protests 2011.

For several Iranian bloggers, the current Egyptian protests and activist use of social media, is a vivid reminder of the 2009 post-election “Green Movement” in Iran.

Egypt's government has apparently also followed in Iran's footsteps when it comes to repression on the streets and censorship online.

Viona draws parallels between how both Iranians and Egyptians created Facebook campaigns to help organize demonstrations, and says she is happy to see the anti-dictatorship movement in Egypt growing [fa]. “The Green Wave was a lesson to all freedom lovers around the world,” she writes with high expectations for what will happen as protests continue. “The blood of our martyrs has not been wasted.”

Curiously, Iranian blog Green Reform predicted something like this would happen [fa] in August 2010.

Egypt is nudging towards democracy. Mubarak's regime is sick and people's dissatisfaction is rising. 30 percent of the population is unemployed. The internet and Facebook are instruments for new groups in Egyptian political life and civil society.

Irangreenrevolution says [fa]:

… Democracy is moving forward in Middle East. The uprising in Tunisia is extending to Egypt and Yemen. Why are Iranian Green Movement leaders silent? People can overthrow the Islamic regime in Iran too.

Tweatter, another Iranian blogger says [fa]:

Tunisia is free and soon Egypt and Yemen will be free too. The opposition leaders and masses in these countries say the same word. ‘Establsihment reformists’ broke the back of the protest movement in Iran.

Meanwhile some of the pro-Islamic Republic bloggers, like Donyaye Syasat, have focused on the Muslim Brotherhood's role in Egypt. He shares an interview in Persian with Ibrahim Munir, one of the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood, who says the situation in Egypt has so bad that he does not believe the government's military force can stop the people.

On Balatarin, a popular Iranian web community, numerous links have been shared to international news articles about the Egyptian protest movement.

This post is part of our special coverage of Egypt Protests 2011.


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