Inspiring Picture

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Dear Sir,

Ii would like to send you one of the most wonderful images of one of the protesters, attached you can find it and you are allowed to published in any way you want.

Regard,
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UPDATED: How to send us a fax

Many people online have criticized the Iran Fax Project, saying that international faxes to a publicly available number are inherently insecure, unsafe, and interceptable. After thinking about it, we realized that they are completely correct. It would be a terrible tragedy if anyone in Iran was arrested, hurt, or even killed because we were not careful enough.

However, we still think that the world needs a contingency plan for what to do in the event that the Iranian authorities cut off or severely restrict the internet there, and we think that faxes have a role to play in that contingency plan. We cannot think of any safer way to get out pictures of events in Iran, and pictures have been a central part of the international media coverage thus far, showing people exactly what is going on in Iran.

We have new, safer instructions for sending us faxes, relying on people in Iran connecting with people outside of Iran that they trust completely. They are on our site and we are posting them to the Facebook group as well. We would appreciate it if anyone who has already spread the word about us could spread this news as well, so that no one in Iran is convinced to do anything unsafe. Here are the new instructions:

How to post to iranfax.org:

  • Arrange a fax link between someone in Iran, and someone outside. Make sure to only do this with someone you trust completely!
  • If the internet in Iran is cut off or severely restricted, start sending fax reports through your trusted links. Remember that even a trusted connection can be tapped, so we recommend using public fax machines or fax machines open to a large number of people.
  • The person outside Iran should resend the message to us at 001 773 321 0202. If there is any identifying or sensitive information in the message, they should remove it before resending.
  • We will also remove any identifying or sensitive information that we see, including the name, number and location of the resender. We will have 2 people read each fax and check for any accidentally identifying details so that we can be sure each message is safe.
  • We will then post the message on our site
  • Remember, this is a channel of last resort. If the internet is cut off or severely restricted, it will help to get information out of the country. Otherwise, the internet is probably safer.
چگونگی ارسال فاکس از ایران:

  • پل ارتباطی فاکسی میان فردی در ایران و فردی در خارج از مرزهای ایران برقرار کنید. اطمینان حاصل کنید این ارتباط با فردی کاملا مورد اطمینان برقرار شود.
  • اگر ارتباط اینترنتی در ایران قطع و یا شدیدا محدود است، پیغام فاکس خود را از طریق پل ارتباطی قابل اطمینان خود ارسال نمایید. توجه داشته باشیدکه حتی یک خط ارتباطی قابل اطمینان میتواند مورد تعقیب قرار گیرد. به این دلیل توصیهٔ ما این است که برای ارسال پیام‌هایتان از دستگاههای ارسال فاکس عمومی‌ و یا دستگاه‌های فاکسی که مورد استفادهٔ افراد زیادی است، استفاده کنید.
  • فردی که پل ارتباطی شما در خارج کشور است باید پیامهای شما را به ما به شمارهٔ ۰۰۱ ۷۷۳ ۳۲۱ ۰۲۰۲ ارسال نماید. اگر پیغام ارسالی شما حامل اطلاعات حساسی است، این فرد باید قبل از ارسال این پیغام به ما این اطلاعات را پاک کند.
  • در صورتی‌ که پیغام دریافتی از شما حامل نام، شماره، نشانی‌ و یا اطلاعات دیگری باشد، ما این اطلاعات را قبل از انتشار پیام پاک خواهیم کرد. پیام شما برای اطمینان خاطر از اینکه نشانی‌ و یا اطلات دیگری از فرستندهٔ پیام انتشار نشود، توسط دونفر از همکاران ما خوانده و کنترل میشود.
  • در پایان پیام شما در سایت اینترنتی ما منتشر میگردد.
  • لطفا توجه داشته باشید که این طریقهٔ ارتباط آخرین راه پخش اخبار در صورتیست که ارتباطا ت اینترنتی در ایران قطع و یا شدیدا محدود باشد. در غیر این صورت اینترنت مطمنن‌ترین راه برای ارتباط است.

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What you can do to help

Update: We are changing our system to keep people safer. See our website for updated instructions

Lots of people have been asking for ways they can help. Here is our list:

1. We need to test our service’s ability to receive faxes from inside
Iran. We think the safest way to do this is to use the fax machines of
foreign news organizations that are still operating in Iran. If you
work for a news organization, please try to get someone from your
organization to send us a fax, at 001 773 321 0202.


2. We will need more fax numbers once we start receiving faxes. We
will not start using them just yet, but we welcome offers. It is
vitally important that people in Iran be able to trust the safety of
any number we give them, so please be prepared to prove that you are
trustworthy.

3. Spread the word, especially among people in Iran, and Iranians
living in other countries.

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Eyewitness account from Tehran, 15 June 2009

NOTE FROM THE IRAN FAX TEAM: THIS WAS AN EMAIL WE RECEIVED, NOT A FAX! We are open to all forms of communication, and will SAFELY repost all manner of reports we receive from inside Iran.


I left my home in Tajrish along with my family at 3 p.m. We went down Valiast Street which is the main northern-southern avenue in Tehran and entered the Evin Exp’way which leads to Enghelab Street. We knew that people are supposed to gather in Enghelab Sq. (Revolution Sq.) at 4 and march toward Azadi Sq. (Freedom Sq.). From Gisha Bridge onwards, we saw people walking down. Cars were blowing their horns and people were showing victory sign. We went to Navvab Street and parked our car at the end of the street. Then we took a taxi to bring us back to the Enghelab Street. On our way, near Jomhouri Sq. (Republic Sq.), I saw a group of about 20 militia with long beards and batons on motorbikes. My hand was out of the car window with a little green ribbon (the sign of reformists) around my finger. One of the militia told me to throw that ribbon away. I showed him a finger. All of a sudden, about 15 people attacked me inside the car. They beat me with their batons and wanted to pull me out. My wife and my daughter who were sitting in the back seat cried and hold me tight. I also hold myself tight on the chair. They wanted to shatter the car windows. The driver went out and explained that he is a taxi and we are his passengers and he has no fault. After about 5 minutes,they left. My elbow hurts severely. Then, a young man from their group came and kissed my elbow! I told him: You know, I don’t hate you. I am like you with the only difference that I know more and you are ignorant. He apologized and left. We joined the crowd in Enghelab Street.

Read carefully: What I saw today was the most elegant scene I had ever witnessed in my life. The huge number of people were marching hand in hand in full peace. Silence. Silence was everywhere. There was no slogan. No violence. Hands were up in victory sign with green ribbons. People carried placards which read: Silence. Old and young, man and woman of all social groups were marching cheerfully. This was a magnificent show of solidarity. Enghelab Street which is the widest avenue in Tehran was full of people. I was told that the march has begun in Ferdowsi Sq. and the end of the march was now in Imam Hossein Sq. to the further east of Tehran while on the other end people had already gathered in Azadi Sq. The length of this street is about 6 kilometers. The estimate is about 2 million people. On the way, we passed a police department and a militia (Baseej) base. In both places, the doors were closed and we could see fully-armed riot police and militia watching the people from behind the fences. Near Sharif University of Technology where the students had chased away Ahmadinejad a few days ago, Mirhossein Mousavi (the reformist elect president) and Karrubi (the other reformist candidate spoke to people for a few minutes which was received by cries of praise and applause. I felt proud to find myself among such a huge number of passionate people who were showing the most reasonable act of protest. Frankly, I didn’t expect such a political maturity from emotional Iranians who easily get excited. My family and I had put stickers on our mouths to represent the suppression. Placards that people carried were different; from poems by the national poet Ahmad Shamlu to light-hearted slogans against Ahmadinejad. Examples include: ” To slaughter us/ why did you need to invite us / to such an elegant party” (Poem by Shamlu). ” Hello! Hello! 999? / Our votes were stolen” or ” The Miracle of the Third Millenium: 2 x 2 = 24 millions” (alluding to the claim by Government that Ahmadinejad obtained 24 million votes) , “Where is my vote?” , ” Give me back my vote” and many other. We arrived in Azadi Square where the entire square was full of population. It is said that around 500,000 people can be accommodated in this huge square and it was full. Suddenly we saw smoke from Jenah Freeway and heard the gunshot. People were scared at first but then went forward. I just heard the gunshots but my sister who had been on the scene at that part told me later that she saw 4 militia came out from a house and shot a girl. Then they shot a young boy in his eye and the bullet came out of his ear. She said that 4 people were shot. At least one person dead has been confirmed. People arrested one of the Baseeji militia but the three others ran away when they ran out of bullet. At around 8 we went back on foot. On the way back people were still in the street and were chanting Allah Akbar (God is Great). I was coming home at around 2 a.m. In parkway, I saw about ten buses full of armed riot police parked on the side of the street. Then I saw scattered militia in civil clothes with clubs in hand patroling the empty streets. In Tajrish Square, I saw a very young boy (around 16) with a club who was looking at the cars to see if he can find something to attack. I don’t know how and under what teachings can young boys change into militia. I came home. Tomorrow, people will gather again in Valiasr Square for another peaceful march toward the IRIB building which controls all the media and which spreads filthy lies. The day before Yesterday, Ahmadinejad had hold his victory ceremony. Government buses had transported all his supporters from nearby cities. There was full coverage of that ceremony where fruit juice and cake was plenty. A maximum of 100,000 had gathered to hear his speech. These included all the militia and the soldiers and all supporters he could gather by the use of free TV publicity. Today, at least 2 million came only relying on word of mouth while reformists have no newspaper, no radio, no TV. All their internet sites are filtered as well as social networks such as facebook. Text messaging and mobile communication was also cut off during the demonstration. Since yesterday, the Iranian TV was announcing that there is no license for any gathering and riot police will severely punish anybody who may demonstrates. Ahmadinejad called the opposition as a bunch of insignificant dirt who try to make the taste of victory bitter to the nation. He also called the western leaders as a bunch of “filthy homosexuals”. All these disgusting remarks was today answered by that largest demonstration ever. Older people compared the demonstration of today with the Ashura Demonstration of 1979 which marks the downfall of the Shah regime and even said that it outnumbered that event. The militia burnt a house themselves to find the excuse to commit violence. People neutralized their tactic to a large degree by their solidarity, their wisdom and their denial to enage in any violent act. I feel sad for the loss of those young girls and boys. It is said that they also killed 3 students last night in their attack at Tehran University residence halls. I heard that a number of professors of Sharif University and AmirKabir University (Tehran Polytechnic) have resigned. Democracy is a long way ahead. I may not be alive to see that day. With eyes full of tear in these early hours of Tuesday 16th June 2009, I glorify the courage and bravery of those martyrs and I hope that their blood will make every one of us more committed to freedom, to democracy and to human rights. Viva Freedom, Viva Democracy, Viva Iran

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Welcome to the Iran Fax Project Blog

We at iranfax.org have started this blog to post long eyewitness accounts from Iran. We will be updating as frequently as we get content that we can post safely and anonymously. To send us your accounts, please email iranfax@googlegroups.com or send a fax to 001 773 321 0202. This blog has been removed from public searches and Google in order to provide more protection to the people whose stories we post.

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