At 10pm families gather on rooftops in Iran’s capitol city to shout together, their voices echoing throughout the sprawling city’s mostly empty streets.
This ritual, reminiscent of the 1979 Iranian revolution which led to the overthrow of the US-backed dictator Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, has become the “responsibility” of one young woman’s family. This young woman Aamina [not her real name] has been risking her security to correspond with Truthout. Names and certain details are being withheld to protect her in light of the ongoing crackdown on journalists and activists in Iran. Aamina recently returned to Iran to be with her family.
“There used to be more slogans like ‘Ya Hossein, Mir Hossein’,” Aamina said, in support of presidential challenger Mir-Hossein Mousavi. But the slogans have evolved as the crisis has. Now they shout “Alaho Akbar [God is the greatest], down with the dictator and down with the liar.” Aamina said that in the distance she even hears people shouting “down with [Ayatollah Ali] Khamenei,” the Supreme Leader of Iran.