December 3, 2009, Washington, D. C. – Time Magazine’s annual poll on who should be “Person of the Year” includes Iranian protestors in the aftermath of the June 12, 2009 elections. “For several weeks over the summer, the hordes of Iranians clogging the streets to oppose an apparently rigged presidential election gripped much of the world” said Time Magazine. “Their courage and determination in the face of a brutal government crackdown demonstrated the depth of their willingness to fight for what they believed in.”
Since 1927, Time Magazine has at the end of each year featured the Time “Person of the Year”, recognizing an individual, group of individuals or idea that for better or worse had the biggest influence on the events of the past year. Previous winners have included former Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh (1951), the Hungarian Freedom Fighters (1956), Polish Human Rights activist Lech Wasela (1981) and President Barack Obama in 2008.
Amongst this year’s candidates are U.S President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Iran Protestors. Although Time editors have the final say in choosing the Person of the Year, an online poll allows you the opportunity to tell Time who you think deserves to be the most important person of the year. Thus far, The Iran Protestors hold a significant lead in the polling and have received an average of more than 90% for importance. Barack Obama is in second place, with about 50%.
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