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Posted: 10/8/2007 6:07:23 AM EST
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Maybe regime change won't be as easy as we thought it would be...


Rare Iranian Protest Targets Ahmadinejad

Oct 8 09:58 AM US/Eastern
By ALI AKBAR DAREINI
Associated Press Writer


TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - An estimated 100 students staged a rare demonstration Monday against Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, calling him a "dictator" and scuffling with hardline students at Tehran University.

Ahmadinejad, who was giving a speech to a select group at the university to mark the beginning of the academic year, ignored the chants of "death to the dictator" and continued with his speech on the merits of science and the pitfalls of Western-style democracy, witnesses said.

The protesters scuffled with hardline students who were chanting "thank you president" while police looked on from outside the university gates. The protesters dispersed after the car carrying Ahmadinejad left the campus.

Students were once the main power base of Iran's reform movement but have faced intense pressure in recent years from Ahmadinejad's hardline government, making anti-government protests rare.

The president faced a similar outburst during a speech last December when students at Amir Kabir Technical University called Ahmadinejad a dictator and set fire to his picture.

Hoping to avoid a similar disturbance Monday, organizers imposed tight security measures, checking the identity papers of all students entering the university and allowing only selected students into the hall. But the protesters were somehow able to gain entrance.

Iran's reform movement peaked in the late 1990s after former reformist president Mohammad Khatami was elected and his supporters swept parliament. But hardliners who control the judiciary, security forces and powerful unelected bodies in the government stymied attempts to ease social and political restrictions.

Numerous pro-reform newspapers were shut down, and since Ahmadinejad's election in 2005, those that remain have been muted in their criticism fearing closure.

At universities, pro-reform students have been marginalized, holding low-level meetings. They hold occasional demonstrations, usually to demand better school facilities or the release of detained colleagues. But pro-government student groups have grown more powerful.
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 6:13:26 AM EST
That University will have 100 less students next week.
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 6:13:42 AM EST

Originally Posted By Melvinator2k0:
That University will have 100 less students next week.



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Link Posted: 10/8/2007 6:17:25 AM EST
Regime change will be easy. It was only 100 students because this was a staged PRO-GOVERNMENT rally. That 100 anti-government students got in through security (who would have had to let them in knowing what they were going to do) says a lot. That said, it is extremely likely that many if not all of these students will be dead in the coming days. Happening more than usual in Iran. The people, for the most part, hate their government and know their president is a mass murder who will likely get a lot of Iranians killed in the near future.
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 6:19:14 AM EST
Oh yeah, and it's only rare because of the crackdowns in recent years. A lot of missing families in Iran right now. We are talking thousands since this man took power in a fixed twice-over election. (As in mullahs decided candidates and then counted only enough votes to make this guy pres)
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 6:23:52 AM EST

Originally Posted By ndolson:

Originally Posted By Melvinator2k0:
That University will have 100 less students next week.



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x1000,,hell, they were most likely elimated right after the protest. Loaded up on a bus and dissapeared
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 6:24:54 AM EST

Originally Posted By Dave2006:

Originally Posted By ndolson:

Originally Posted By Melvinator2k0:
That University will have 100 less students next week.



x2


x1000,,hell, they were most likely elimated right after the protest. Loaded up on a bus and dissapeared


Don't forget about their families and close friends. That's how the government works in Iran.
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 8:13:08 AM EST
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 8:27:33 AM EST
STAGED for your pleasure
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 8:35:08 AM EST
They will all be dead within a week.
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