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Rubbish Revolutionaries

Unless you’ve been living under a rock since last Friday, you are aware that there is some serious political unrest in Iran right now. Claims of election tampering (more like outright theft) and worse are flying, and the country is being rocked by massive protests.

It is a common tactic for those loathe to relinquish their grip on power to attribute any criticism to a small group of radicals and/or ivory-tower intellectuals that do not speak for the common man. Such have been the explanations offered by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, seeking to quell the demonstrations. But their arguments have been undercut by videos like this one, showing orange-suited sanitation workers in Tehran, perhaps the epitome of "the common man," joining the protests (brooms in hand).