June 25, 2009
Posted: 1510 GMT

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Dan   June 25th, 2009 4:06 pm ET

Yes I would attend! The scary thing is everytime protestors are taken away by police, they somehow go on TV and come up with crazy confessions that this or that foreign agency made them go in the protest, some even saying they had grenades with them! I wonder does anyone know if these guys were torured or maybe their family was threatened as a form of blackmail by Iranian govt to force people into saying those things? Iranian govt has used those tactics before. But I still would protest maybe even more!

Paul   June 25th, 2009 4:14 pm ET

To be honest I probably wouldn't. I'd probably be to scared to walk out the door, let alone protest.

BaHaar   June 25th, 2009 4:18 pm ET

Hi hala

you should change the question to " If you were in iran and endangered to beaten ,Imprisonedor even killed during protest would you attend"
I guest that way the poll will be more honest and accrued and lots of YES will be changed to NO.

Global Thinker   June 25th, 2009 4:20 pm ET

I wouldn't attend the protests, knowing the Iranian government's policies in dealing with demonstrators.

I also would be wary of the demonstrators themselves, who do not really seem to be capable of peaceful protests.

I would stay home.

Henk   June 25th, 2009 5:35 pm ET

Well I can understand that many protesters are hurt by the tough violence of the governement, but I really hope that they will not give up the battle for a free Iran and specific new elections

Arik Elimelech   June 25th, 2009 6:07 pm ET

Frankly, I wouldn't. Having seen the violence on the street, I just wouldn't dare – and that's why I admire those brave protestants fighting defiantly for their rights.

Md. Aseer Jubair Khan Majlish.   June 25th, 2009 6:13 pm ET

Yes, I would have been among the protestors. Because if someone knows that something wrong have had been done, it is his or her duty to protest. I know as a protestor they will be beneficiary of nothing. But they will be mentally in a mood that they have at least protested against a wrong thing. No matter what is the outcome in future I would be able to say that I had protested a wrong doing.

Tochukwu C. Ipere   June 25th, 2009 6:20 pm ET

It is time to calm down and realize that the voters' onus remains with President Ahmedinejad. The fact of winning and losing has been made over obvious and the act of exacting one's freedom to the passion of a grievance or a loss of a victory is seen in the constitutional rights implied in the protest. Iranians still on the streets should go home and think again. The game is lost and won.

Ella   June 25th, 2009 7:19 pm ET

I don`t believe that the people in iran should leave the streets and go home because I belive that they should fight for their rights !!! I also believe that these people are so brave because they know that every day when they take to the streets they might be killed !!

Amir   June 25th, 2009 7:28 pm ET

As an Iranian I know this election & the 2nd round of the 2005 election was gigged.
Numbers don't lie
After the war election after election Iranians have been voting for one thing & that's Freedom.
In 1997 despite the fact that the supreme leader went against Khatami (Reformist / Pro freedom candidate) 70% of the eligible voters voted for him.
In 2001 80% (20 Million) voted for Khatami.

In 2005 the conservatives really thought they could win fairly but by the end of the 1st round it was clear that they will never win an election so they cheated in the 2nd round (1st round 17 Mill voted for a pro freedom candidate & 11 mill for conservative but suddenly that number flips by the 2nd round) & the reason no one said anything is because Bush was the president in the U.S.

Majority of Iranians are under the age of 35 & Mousavi wins that group by a land slide
Majority of women voted for Mousavi
Mousavi is Azari the 2nd largest ethnicity in Iran so he wins that by a landslide also

There is no way in hell Ahmadinejad got a vote over 12 Million this elections was a fraud that was orchestrated by the supreme leader & the IRGC/Basij (I hope they both burn in hell)

Long Live Iran & margh bar ean dolateh mardom fareeb

Dan   June 25th, 2009 7:35 pm ET

We protest when our freedom is at stake! We don't protest when everything is good and happy! Thats the problem with the west they always protest & complain when things are fine, so easy to do, but the rest of the world we protest when things are wrong!

Keira   June 25th, 2009 7:37 pm ET

I answered "YES" because there are certain things that everyone should fight for. Human rights, freedom and democracy are some of those things. Scary? Yes. But what can be accomplished by staying quiet? Absolutely nothing! Can let the government beat you into submission. If you do, they win!

Arashfromholland   June 25th, 2009 7:42 pm ET

Read carefully, THIS is the time that the people of Iran all need to get out of their homes and go in the streets! It's now or never, they know it.
Khamenei's power over the people is weakened, he is losing control, the people need to strike now or it will be the same for the upcoming decades.
So, yes! I would attend at every single rally, so should everyone else.
Like I said: it's now or never!

Greets, Arash (posting from holland)

Paul   June 25th, 2009 7:42 pm ET

Hi Hala,

yes i would DEFINATLY attend, i attended the protests in 2005 in beirut lebanon where mostly the same measures were taken by the pro-syrian goverment. They threatened to use force against us demonstrators but so many people showed up that police officers didn't even try to stop us. We were around 1 million people demonstrating and yet lebanon has a population of 4 million. Iranians you shouldn't be afraid, demonstrate for your rights be united and remember power belongs to the people.

Arashfromholland   June 25th, 2009 7:45 pm ET

Ofcourse it will cost lives, that's the way the iranian government is!
That's why everybody must get out of their house and protest, the government must change! Iran needs to change it's regime, the people must be strong in Iran and protest, even though it will cost more lives, they must go on, else the people just died for nothing!

– Arash

reza sadri   June 25th, 2009 7:49 pm ET

Hi Hala
Actually I am in Iran and I have attended the protest and I will do that every second in my life to receive to freedom,I and my wife have injured by the Basig force and we feel good because we believe that we are achieving to a new air of love and democracy,The situation is so secured and under vision by the governments.
Thanks for your news .

shahin   June 25th, 2009 7:51 pm ET


I am living in Dubai, but in the time of the demonstration, I was in Iran. I was in all demonstrations. I felt deeply insulted and I think everybody was thinking the same. in the day they have announced that Ahmadi Nejad is the new president, you could see that the city is becoming sad! everybody was sad but at the same time ANGRY and insulted. People started to talk with each other and create small groups just to talk with total strangers! I was giving my shoed to repair, as two people have been talking with each about the cheating in the election, and in just 5 minutes we have been 7-8 people!!! this is exactly how the demonstrations in the first day started in whole tehran! as it was not planned at all to go to any demonstration!
in that evening in our part of the city small groups have been talking with each other, they have been all together maybe 50-60 people then a girt started to shout "dead with dictator" people looked at her and just repeated, people in other blocks joined us in less than half an hour. and after about 45 minutes we have been around 2000-3000 people and started to go to the other part which we heard that another some thousand people are! this is where police came and started to beat people and attack us with tear gas! they have been beating everybody! an old woman was beaten, a teenager girl was beaten! Then they followes us to our buildungs, we escaped to our buildings and the police!!! started to broke the glases of the lobby! People decided to go upstairs and continue to shout from their windows, and then police men started to insult people very badly and loudly and they (police) throw stones to some windows which they thought people are shouting and broke their glasses! The glasses of the Mellat bank was broken three days after each other. but my friends who are living in front of the bank said that they have seen that the police forces broke the glasses. One of the bank emploee who is a friend of my father told him that hey have found a police batan in the bank!!!! they funny think is that the shop next to the bank which was knows as absolute supporter of Ahmadi Nejad and everybody in our block hated them, was not attacked! this is again an evidence that it was not the people who attacked the bank as if they wanted to attack something, they would rather have attacked the shop just next to the bank who was a supporter of Ahmadi Nejad and therefore hated!

Where is our Neda   June 25th, 2009 8:14 pm ET

I would have been among these protestors supporting them to over throw this ugly regim. I really admire all the Iranian protestors! Bravo...

Down with dictator Ahmadinejad. I hope too see Ahmadinejad ends up dead, thesame way as Khomeini.

Viva Democracy

Poopak Ameri   June 25th, 2009 9:02 pm ET

Dear Hala,
Thank you for covering Iran's ellection and the fallout. I'm born and raised in Iran but for the past 14 years have been living in Europe. I ould definately atted to the protests. I am shaken by the images I've seen on TV and internet but I am not shocked!! Islamic regime of Iran has been doing these to Iranian people for the past 30 years, behind closed doors. This time the majoraity of Iranian people are so fed up that they protest none stop for 2 weeks. We all have withnessed what a high price people are paying for freedom. This time it's happening in front of cameras and the world is watching. What surprises / frustrates me though is the fact that there is no article on United Nation's website on this matter!!! When will the world stop watching and start supporting Iranians? When will politicians take a stand and show their solidarity with Iranians? Do we need to suffer another 30 years? DO we need more victims? Do we need to see more "Nedas"??
Keep up the good work.
With Regards
Poopak Ameri

Ella   June 25th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

I also believe that there are certain things which you have to fight for and I don`t believe that the west always protests and complains about stupid things!! On the contrary we lived in silence for 30 years and now we are tired of being ignored by this terrible regime !!!!

Dan   June 26th, 2009 12:30 am ET

I can still hear this ringing in my ears, from people who said Obama's policy of not getting too involved, will keep the Iranian govt from turning this revolution into a US-Iran subject. Well guess what?! Iran just did that today, despite all of Obama's kissing of Ahmadinejads feet! How much more feet kissing does Iran govt want to be happy? And btw who feels bad when the US interferes in other countries affairs? those tyrants, and terrorists who run those countries? People who are scared of what those tyrants will do if they get mad? how much more fear do we need to have? You cant make peace with tyrants, that was the mistake Chamberlain of the UK did with Hitler! Iran has killed more people since Neda's death, and Iran is blaming US and UK agents of killing Neda, when will this stop?

Viva Democracy as someone said and viva Freedom for the Iranian peoples!

Asian   June 26th, 2009 10:41 am ET

It's said that the US may have been behind the killing of Neda right? This can be true, because, US is always doing all conspiracy all the time. SO............... i won't be there for the protest, becos, I don't want to be among the minority who stages the protest!

ARIO   June 26th, 2009 5:30 pm ET

Iran was my country that I was born there and live for 28 years but now I am in another country in this state I do not like to be Iranian. Why?
because Iranians essentially were not liar during 2500 of civilization. But Now a man in the name of God kill people and he did not understand what is the human being and what was /is the civilization.

he is not free to kill others nor to steal someone else properties and nor to behave that against moral sense of society in which he lives in it.


Bob MacGillivary   June 28th, 2009 1:27 am ET

CNN has convinced me Michael Jackson has passed away ! very tradjic for his family !! now will CNN get on with the other news in the world. 2 days is enough already, you didn't devote this much to the passing of a U.S. President...............

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