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May Day in Iran: give the money to us, not the Palestinians!

Tehran demonstration
Photo credit: Hasan Sarbakhshian/AP

An Iranian blogger friend informed me that thousands of Iranian workers demonstrated in Tehran today, which is International Workers’ Day, to protest their low salaries and poor living conditions.

According to this article on the CNN website:

The protest came as a reminder to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that, although embroiled in an international dispute over his country’s atomic ambitions, he was elected to improve living conditions for the poorest members of society.

President Ahmadinejad won a landslide victory in the June 2005 elections partly because he promised Iran’s poor that the country’s oil wealth would be used to improve their living standards. Since then, he has gained worldwide notoriety primarily for promoting Iran’s nuclear program and calling for Israel to be wiped off the map.

According to my Iranian friend, today’s demonstrators were chanting, “Forget Palestine! Think about us!” and “Nuclear energy is not our absolute solution!”

Yet another example of how the mainstream media neglects to report what people are really saying.

Kinda makes you think, huh?


  1. Kinda makes me glad for writers like you and sites like this!! You are living proof, there is a better way to report on what is really going on! And with such emotion and thought provocation!

  2. Irans millions of poor people expect their
    president to improve their miserable living
    conditions,for which reason he was elected,
    instead he wastes Iran’s oil wealth on weapons,
    and grandiose plans to turn Iran into an atomic
    superpower,and supporting terrorists like Hamas.

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