Demonstrations are ongoing. Today, tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Tehran, chanting: "Mousavi, Mousavi, Take Back my Vote." Mir-Hossein Mousavi, also, joined the demonstration today. Once among the crowd, people chanting: "Oh Hossein, Mir-Hossein."
'Oh Hossein' is in reference to the third Shi'ie Imam, who, besides being a historical religious figure, is a political symbol of revolt against tyranny and oppression in the imaginaire of Iranians. In these days, the similarity of names between Mir-Hossein Mousavi and the third Shi'ie Imam, has been politically appropriated by the people on the streets of Tehran and many other cities of Iran. The appropriation of 'Hossein' is also a counter action vis-a-vis the fact that Ahmadi Nejad and his government justify their actions by appeals to religion and religious figure.
Thursday, 18 June 2009: Imam Square. Tehran. 5pm (local time)