Browsing over Iran and looking at the 360 panoramic photos, I happened to see the view below in the old, mud brick village of Abyaneh, Esfahan, Iran. It is a campaign poster for Mir-Hossein Mousavi, the reformist leader and veteran of Iranian politics. Mousavi was the last prime minister of Iran before the constitution was changed in 1989 to eliminate the post. He removed himself from politics for the next 20 years, until reappearing in early 2009 to run for the June presidential election. In a short time, he developed a following among all portions of Iranian society. The most intensely dedicated were Iran's students and young professionals. In June, Mousavi was defeated by the incumbent, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The re-election of Ahmadinejad in a landslide victory was widely protested and produced fury and tragedy in the streets of Tehran.
Campaigning in 2009...
Mousavi was subsequently placed under house arrest, as was his wife, Dr. Zahra Rahnavard. They remain so under the current regime and you can read more about this HERE.
Photo above and information from Wikipedia. See HERE for a June, 2009 report about the early street protests after the election, in which his own nephew was shot and HERE for the event that caused international outcry. THIS post is about subsequent riots in December, 2009.
What is this life if, full of care, We have no time to stand and stare. - W.H. Davies, from "Leisure"