16 June, 2009 – Revolutionary Flowerpot Society
Much fury is being expressed by all sides, foreign and domestic, regarding the outcome of the 2009 Iranian presidential elections held on June 12. The rapid announcement of the total results, in a mere few hours after the closing of the polls, came as a shock to the supporters of Mir-Hossein Mousavi, the main ‘reformist’ challenger to Ahmadinejad. Since then, there have been massive spontaneous demonstrations in Tehran as well as in other major cities, such as Shiraz, Tabriz and Rasht. At least seven people have been killed in the clashes between the security forces and Mousavi supporters.
So, let’s put things in some context.
The presidential elections of June 12 were held within a theocratic system. In this system, in order to run for a political office, candidates must swear allegiance to the theocratic setup. From its inception, therefore, the theocracy has divided the entire population into two major political groups: khodi (literally meaning, ‘of us’; those who support the theocracy), and the gheyre-khodi (the others). This is the exact language used, and participation in the elections are reserved purely for the benefit of the khodi’s (believers in the system), who have been divided into different camps from the beginning of the theocracy. In older days, they were split between the left wing, conservative and the pragmatist camps, and more recently the opposing factions have changed some of their tactics and underlying economic policies, and are organized into the ‘conservative’ and ‘reformist’ camps. Within each camp, there are further divisions.