Two years after Ahmadinejad’s re-election, Iran gets ready to protest



On June 12, 2009, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was re-elected president of Iran. The highly controversial vote had sparked an unprecedented wave of protests in the country, dubbed the ‘Green Movement’.


The demonstrations were brutally quashed by security forces and a feared Islamist militia called the Basij. The ‘green movement’ was gradually reduced, its members imprisoned or forced into exile.


Nevertheless, some opposition activists are trying to rekindle the movement, two years exactly after Ahmadinejad’s re-election. A recent video shows a man painting graffiti on Tehran walls, calling for a massive protest on Sunday, June 12.


The video shows the graffiti artist write “22 Khordad 1390 (June 12 in the Gregorian calendar). Down with the Dictator, Down with Khamenei” on a wall near a technical college in Tehran’s western Sama neighbourhood, near Azadi square.


See all our coverage of the Green movement in Iran.