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Posted: 6/11/2003 5:46:36 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/11/2003 5:49:57 PM EDT by Johnny_Reno]
[blue]Remember about 25 years ago when those darned Iranian students shook up their government?[/blue] [size=4]Iranian Student Protests Spark Clashes[/size=4] [b]By ALI AKBAR DAREINI, Associated Press Writer[/b] TEHRAN, Iran - Riot police and hard-line vigilantes clashed with teenage demonstrators who denounced supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Wednesday, as protests mushroomed into Iran's biggest in months. Dozens of the hard-liners riding motorbikes chased down about 300 protesters, beating them with sticks in the streets outside a Tehran University dormitory. The protesters chanted "Death to Khamenei" and threw stones at police, who threw them back. About 200 students in the dormitory compound threw stones and molotov cocktails at the police after officers joined the vigilantes in attacking the protesters. Several people were seen being carried away with head injuries. The protests began peacefully Tuesday when a small student gathering against privatization of universities turned into the largest demonstration against Iran's political leadership since November. Then, students protested a death sentence imposed on Hashem Aghajari, a history professor at a Tehran teachers' college, who questioned the need to obey the Islamic clerics' every edict. Police had arrested about 80 protesters before the clashes broke out. In Iran, criticism of Khamenei is punished by jail, and hard-liners say Khamenei's powers are unlimited and cannot be questioned. Before the clashes broke out Wednesday, security officials warned that further demonstrations against the political leadership would not be tolerated. "These people have been provoked by extremists inside the country and elements outside the country to chant illegal slogans," state-run television quoted Intelligence Minister Ali Yunesi as saying Wednesday. He was apparently referring to satellite channels owned by Iranian opposition groups in exile that have encouraged Iranians to rise up against the ruling clerics. Although satellite dishes are officially banned, many Iranians still use them. The protesters Tuesday night shouted harsh slogans against the political and religious leadership. "The clerical regime is nearing its end!" the demonstrators chanted. "Vigilantes commit crimes, the leader supports them." In a rare twist, demonstrators also called for the resignation of Mohammad Khatami, the popularly elected reformist president, accusing him of not introducing enough reforms. An Intelligence Ministry official, speaking to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity, said the people were arrested for chanting slogans against the ruling political leadership and for participating in unauthorized demonstrations. The identities of the detainees have not been clearly established, the official said, but most of them did not appear to be students. The arrests may have also been a warning before July 9, when students plan to commemorate the day four years ago when hard-liners and security forces attacked students protesting media restrictions. At least one student was killed and the clash touched off the worst street battles since the 1979 revolution that ousted the U.S.-backed shah. [url=http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20030612/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iran_protests_10]Link[/url]
Link Posted: 6/11/2003 5:49:58 PM EDT
Young iranians have been causing trouble for the regime for quite awhile now. They realize it sucks growing up in a strict muslim society. One thing they want is for the US government to NOT work with the current regime, which would legitimize it and keep it in power.
Link Posted: 6/11/2003 6:05:32 PM EDT
Originally Posted By bastiat: Young iranians have been causing trouble for the regime for quite awhile now. They realize it sucks growing up in a strict muslim society. One thing they want is for the US government to NOT work with the current regime, which would legitimize it and keep it in power.
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Considering that the Iranians are most likely only a year or two away from fielding nukes, I certainly hope that the current regime is on the way out.
Link Posted: 6/11/2003 6:06:52 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/11/2003 6:09:00 PM EDT by Lazyshooter]
We have more friends in Iran now than we ever will in Iraq, period. Sure they have a religion-based government that is bad for any society, but most of the people aren't following zombies like they are in some nations. I predict some day soon that relations will warm and we will unfreeze assets that were frozen after the embassy takeover, if the Bush administration doesn't screw the potential up. I believe that most people in Iran are people we can deal with. They don't wan't a lot of western influence to upset their culture like violent or sex-filled tv and print media, etc., but want a relationship with the U.S.A. We made terrible mistakes in our support of the Shah, etc. in the 1970's and paid for it just like we did with our support of the pre-Castro regime. Hopefully we can get it right this time.
Link Posted: 6/11/2003 8:03:33 PM EDT
We should be airdropping weapons to those students. By the way once Iran falls we'll find the Iraqi Shia even friendlier and they are around 70 percent of the population of Iraq. GunLvr
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