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More student protests in Iran


 

Seventy Iranian students have been arrested during protests against the reburial of troops who died during the Iran-Iraq war on the grounds of a Tehran university. Others were beaten up by the semi-official paramilitary goons of Ansar-e-Hizbullah.

Twenty of those detained have reportedly been transferred to Evin Prison, where many of Iran’s political prisoners are kept, and where Canadian Zahra Kazemi was murdered.

Protesters fear that the presence of war graves at the university will be used as pretext to suppress demonstrations on campus. Iranian students have been at the forefront of protests demanding greater political freedom in Iran.

The story has received relatively little attention. But the Washington Post covers it here. There is a cell phone video of the protests here. And, as always, blogger Potkin Azarmehr draws on some well-founded righteous rage about how little support Iranian democrats and activists get from their supposed counterparts in the West.


 

More student protests in Iran

  1. And, as always, blogger Potkin Azarmehr draws on some well-founded righteous rage about how little support Iranian democrats and activists get from their supposed counterparts in the West.

    *sigh* Couldn’t resist, could you (*you* being whoever wrote this…Petrou?)

    In case it has gone unnoticed, Western activists for democracy have been busy in the last few years defending it from domestic abuses. Without much success, I might add.

  2. “Journalists, academics and students of the world, where the HELL are you?”

    Don’t wait for them Mr. Azarmehr, it is a waste of your time. They are currently consumed by anti-semitism and are busy protesting the treatment of terrorists in Gaza.

    I wish Bush/Powell/Rice did more for Iran than utter a few platitudes. For as long as I can remember, there have been protests and uprisings in Iran but Americans don’t want to get involved for some reason. I wish Canadians cared about this enough to actually do something but that’s a pipe dream.

    • They are currently consumed by anti-semitism and are busy protesting the treatment of terrorists in Gaza.

      And what exactly have you done to support greater political freedom in Iran, jwl? Name on thing.

    • anti-semitism, really? Do tell.

      • anti-semitism, really? Do tell.

        Oh you know what’ll come next. Some intemperate expression by a nobody several degrees removed from anyone making a legitimate argument taints everyone with that calumny.

        Jwl’s furiously googling up examples of it as we speak.

    • wanting a more equal world where states cannot indiscriminately kill civilians is not anti-semitism. It is anti-zionist or anti any other form of fundamental extremism (usually religious or nationalistic); Iran included.

      you can’t wait for lefties to save everyone in the world, jwl. there just aren’t enough of us in comparison to those who exploit every advantage they have over another person for their own personal gain (see: capitalism).

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