One guy and a crowd


The images arriving out of Tehran this afternoon are stunning. Thousands of supporters of Mir Hossein Musavi gathered to protest his apparent election loss in presidential elections. The Associated Press is reporting gunfire broke out and an AP photographer reports seeing at least one person dead.

It’s interesting to see how comparatively young the crowd is. Does this signal a generational split in the country?



Click on the image above if you want to play “Where’s Waldo?”.

The image of Musavi rallying his supporters against the government …


… is reminiscent of times when one guy in a crowd represented the beginning of a changing nation.

Boris Yeltsin atop a tank thwarting a conservative coup…


… or Lech Walesa in a shipyard in Poland (New York Times)


It’s too early, of course, to know how this uprising is going to go.

Twitter is providing “tweets” at an astonishing rate, although it’s very difficult to separate the first-hand information from the noise. A crescendo of anti-CNN fever is threatening to drown the voices in Tehran, however.

Update 1:40 p.m. Recommended: Boston Globe’s Big Picture blog from Iran. Also, plenty of pictures at (h/t: @PoliticsMN)

(Photos: Getty Images)