The 5,000 people who came were opposition supporters, still outraged by what they believe was a rigged election. One defeated opposition candidate Mehdi Karoubi, was there in the flesh to boost the morale of his supporters.
Mir Hossein Mousavi, the main opposition candidate, was there too – but only as a voice on the other end of a cell phone pathetically held up to a loudspeaker.
This is not enough.
Mohsen Makhmalbaf, the renowned Iranian filmmaker now based in Paris, posted a video on YouTube on behalf of the Iranian opposition, addressed to Mousavi.
“Don’t stay silent … let us have our orders,” he says.
“Don’t ask this illegal government for permission to hold peaceful marches … Order us into the streets. Order a general strike … Our common and most urgent need is your leadership.”
That is exactly what Mousavi hasn’t delivered. An aging revolutionary and now member of the Iranian establishment, he failed to seize the opportunity handed to him by history.