The anti-Ahmadinejad, anti-rigged election revolt in Iran just keeps getting fiercer, bloodier and more dramatic by the minute. A guy has been killed, others have been shot and a crowd ten times bigger than the exodus in Cecil B. Demille‘s The Ten Commandments filled the streets of Tehran earlier today. It feels as much like a movie as a news story. It’s Reds, Z and The Battle of Algiers rolled into one. It’s Ten Days That Shook The World on Twitter.
First, this morning’s stunning news that Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has called for a inquiry into claims that the election was rigged in favor of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad — obviously a rollback and a re-think. And 90 minutes ago came this Washington Post report that “gunfire from a pro-government militia killed one man and wounded several others after hundreds of thousands of chanting opponents of Ahmadinejad marched in central Tehran to support reformist leader Mir Hossein Mousavi. The parade was estimated to be five miles long.”