Tex & I managed to stay silent for the entire minute of silence, but, o be perfectly fair, no one else at tonight’s Austin vigil was silent either.
Most of the 700+ people who protested with candles were Iranian, and they all seemed to know each other. Between me and Betsy, we knew three other people, but everyone was there for peaceful purposes. In addition to the protesters, there were police officers on bicycles and a few regular joggers and bicycle riders who happened to be using the same bridge.
I spoke with a 19-yr-old student who has family in the South of Iran and a grandmother in Teheran. She says that her grandmother hasn’t left her apartment at all in the past 10 days, but she feels safe living on the 19th floor of a large apartment building.
Tex spoke with a family that was in Iran in 1977-79 and the mom left with her infant daughter four days before Iranians took over the U.S. Embassy there. The whole family are dual citizens and want their votes counted in both countries.
Austin has six TV stations, and five of them had satellite trucks at the vigil. There were also print reporters and a few radio stations.
We walked back to the parking lot with a family from Iran, and the father of the family said that he missed Wednesday’s rally but was glad that he made it tonight. He said that he’d have to stay better tuned in because we’ll be needing more vigils and protests, but I sincerely hope that we don’t need any more.