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NIAC translates a tweet:

People are demonstrating on the streets silently and peacefully – there are nearly 100,000 out right now and the number appears to be increasing.

A reader reacts to a BBC video:

There is an amazing scene in the metro where people start chanting:

Rayeh ma ro dozdidan daran bahash poz midan
(they have stolen our votes, and they are showing off with it)

The outburst and chanting is so sudden and spontaneous. I find this unbelievable. I was in Iran 6 years ago. At that time talking in the public with the slightest tone of criticism towards the government would have been a highly risky thing to do. In the taxi you would lower your voice, in the work place you would constantly second guess who your colleagues were before mentioning an item you had heard on BBC or VOA, and at home during a lively discussion with your friends/family you would look toward the windows to see if they were shut ...

This scene is nothing short of stunning for me.The outburst and chanting is so sudden and spontaneous. I find this unbelievable. I was in Iran 6 years ago. At that time talking in the public with the slightest tone of criticism towards the government would have been a highly risky thing to do.  In the taxi you would lower your voice, in the work place you would constantly second guess who your colleagues were before mentioning an item you had heard on BBC or VOA, and at home during a lively discussion with your friends/family you would look toward the windows to see if they were shut ... This scene is nothing short of stunning for me.

When you behave like this toward your own people, you need to be overthrown:

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