Monday, February 8, 2010

Iranians protest around Europe

Demonstrators kept up the pressure in the lead-up to mass protests against the regime on February 11.

Copenhagen, Denmark - Sunday, 7 February 2010
Regime diplomat gets egg on his head...

Paris, France - Sunday, 7 February 2010
A large procession through the capital...

Toronto, Canada - Sunday, 7 February 2010
'Our nation's slogan: separate religion from politics...'

London, UK - Friday, 5 February 2010
Protesters disrupt IRI embassy cultural center seminar on 'The Islamic Revolution: a Model for Anti-Tyrannical Resistance.' Security head at door denies protesters were killed and says everything is quite dandy in Iran. 'Why have you stayed in London for 40 years, then?' asks a protester.

Vienna, Austria - Friday, 5 February 2010
Guests arrive for a regime-organized dinner at the Imam Ali mosque marking the start of ten days of celebrations for the anniversary of the revolution. Protesters kindly provided them with a sound system across the street...


  1. Does anyone have the lyrics (Persian is fine) or know the history of the song they are singing in the footage of the Paris march? It seems to me I've heard it sung in many protest videos, so it must be a well-known song. Thanks! I'll check back for any replies.

  2. The song is 'Yareh Dabestaniyeh Man' (my old schoolfriend). Written and first performed in the late 1970s, it soon became an anthem of revolutionaries, particularly university students. I'll write an article about the song at some future point. The best translation (not literal, but which provide the essence) of the lyrics that I've found are in the comments box in this YouTube video:

    An entertaining pop/rock version performed by Nooshin, a singer based in Germany, can be found here:

  3. Great! thanks so much. I look forward to reading your article on its significance. I am a regular reader of your blog--keep up the great work!