Thursday, February 10, 2011
Wael Ghonim's Message of Solidarity for Iran's Green Movement
With this one message of solidarity by Wael Ghonim, all efforts by the Islamic Republic regime, Press TV, Stop the War Coalition etc. who were trying to get a free ride on the back of the Egyptian protesters fighting for democracy in Egypt has been wasted.
With this one message of solidarity, an enormous moral boost has been given to the people of Iran and the Green Movement. Solidarity is important and solidarity works. Just hope the UK trade unions will now see the light and express solidarity with the jailed transport union leaders in Iran and remove the latest Press TV posters from London underground and buses.
Wael Ghonim, the Egyptian activist hailed by observers worldwide as a hero and one of the leaders of the Egyptian uprising, appeared with a green wristband during his public speeches and interviews. As the peaceful protests after the disputed 2009 presidential election in Iran were named the “Green Movement,” Ghonim’s green wristband has become a source of interest for Iranians.
Ghonim played a major role in organizing the protests that have shaken Egypt for the past two weeks. His Facebook page is widely credited with inviting Egyptians to their first public protest on 25 January. In an interview with the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, Ghonim thanked the people of Iran for organizing a demonstration on 14 February, in solidarity with the people of Egypt and Tunisia, and thanked the Iranian civil rights movement.
Wael Ghonim, a Google executive who took time off from his job to be in Cairo during the protests, was freed last Monday after being held by Egyptian authorities for 10 days. He is one of the best known speakers for the Egyptian people’s movement.
When asked by the Campaign whether the motivation behind his green wristband is Iran’s Green Movement, he said: “That was just a coincidence, but I’m happy you guys made the connection!”
“I would tell Iranians to learn from the Egyptians, and we have learned from you guys that at the end of the day with the power of people, we can do whatever we want to do. If we unite our goals, if we believe, then all our dreams can come true,” is the prominent Egyptian activist’s message to Iranians on the threshold of the 14 February demonstrations.