Thursday, June 18, 2009

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's Dirt and Dust

collage by marguerita

When it was uttered it was meant as a biting put-down to the thousands who dared to question his re-election as president of Iran.

"The nation's huge river would not leave any opportunity for the expression of dirt and dust," said Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in a rather elliptical reference to the surging protests on the streets of Tehran.So far it has inspired pithy slogans, blog headlines, posters and a litany of insults throwing the president's words back in his face. 

"Dirt and dust is you, it is you who are the enemy of Iran," one chant goes. Another frequently-heard slogan has been: "We are not dirt and dust, we are Iran's nation."

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