The massive protests in Tehran over the past two days have been the centre of your attention and the media’s as well. Quite right we at the BBC would argue as Iran has seen nothing like them for 30 years. But is there a danger that these protests start underpinning a certainty that the result must be inaccurate?
I heard one Mousavi supporter saying ‘how can Ahmadinejad have won when there are this many people on the streets?’ But with many millions of Iranians not on the streets, is there a danger we draw the wrong conclusions? Some protestors are holding up signs in English to maximise their impact abroad – is this fair protest or an attempt to skew how events in Iran are reported?
And we’re not just talking about Iran…
… I can think of significant anti-war protests in the UK and the States, protests against election results in Ukraine and Kenya and protests against the President in Madagascar.
Did those taking part in the protests gain disproportionate influence and media coverage? Have you ever watched at home and felt that protestors were giving the wrong impression to your politicians and to the rest of the world?
Or have you taken part in a protest which you felt successfully expressed a real frustration and which effectively communicated that feeling to people in power?