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PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2006 5:43 pm    Post subject: Students Demonstration at Tehran University Reply with quote


An Iranian student holds a photo of Iran's president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad upside down to show his disapproval of Ahmadinejad's policies during a demonstration at Tehran university, Tehran, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2006, to mark Iran's student day, held annually after 3 students were killed in a protest to a visit by then U.S. vice-president Richard Nixon to the university in 1953. (AP Photo/Hasan Sarbakhshian)
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2006 5:44 pm    Post subject: Students would rather die than to accept further abjectness Reply with quote

“Students would rather die than to accept further abjectness”

Student activists: Death to despotism, Death to dictator
Despite unprecedented security plans and repressive measures by the fascist regime of the Islamic republic to prevent the gathering commemorating the occasion of “students’ day”, students and brave Iranians who were informed about today’s protests showed that the university is still alive and despotism against religious tyranny blazes on.

According to received reports, today on this anniversary more than 4000 students of the Tehran University were able to gather; as they chanted slogans such as “Death to despotism” and “death to the dictators” they were battered by herds of the regime’s agents and disciplinary guards. The number of intelligence and security agents is reported to have been more than 5000.

The students who are enraged by censorship and suppression of the universities, clashed with the regime guards and broke down the gate of the technical school of Tehran university and entered.

The regime’s officials, agents and guards had put their security measures in place and had surrounded the entire area since early in the morning, bringing the campus under siege. Students had been threatened and told that if they gathered and continued their protest, they would be arrested. But student activists ignored the threats and escalated their protest.

After singing the popular student anthem “Yaar’eh Dabestaani” (old schoolmate) they began chanting slogans:

“Death to despotism”

“Death to the dictators”

“Political prisoners must be freed”

“Students with stars[i] wear them like a medal of honor”

“Freedom, equality, boycott the elections”

“Students would rather die than to accept further abjectness”

The received reports from other cities also indicates that brave students in many other parts of Iran also took to demonstrating and protesting against the Islamic Republic.

In the city of Kerman more than 500 students gathered; in Shahr’eh-Kord more than 400 and cities such as Zahedan, Bandar-Abbass hundreds of student held demonstrations. Also in Tabriz universities, Zanján, Ghom, Karaj and Mazandaran similar demonstrations were held. Students of Sahand University in Tabriz chanted slogans such as “Student prisoners must be freed” and “If I rise and you rise, everyone will rise”. The student anthem Yaar’eh Dabestani was sung at every campus by all student protestors.

In the Tehran suburb of Karadj, hundreds of university students from the teachers’ training college organized a sit-in, protesting against the decision by the ministry of science and demanding that students who because of their political activities have been expelled from attending university and deprived of finishing their eduction, to be returned to school. Students protestors from the same university who had gathered in front of the college of sociology said their protest was against the existing cultural dictatorship in universities around the country. They demanded the unconditional return of the students who have been deprived of continuing their education and attending classes.

Students at the University in Ghom also organized a sit-in protest. Activist students said that more than 70 percent of the Ghom general university professors are active duty soldiers who are teaching for the first time and neither have the proper experience nor sufficient education. Students declared that they will not stop protesting till their demands are met.

In Mazandaran university student protest from the college of social sciences was accompanied by tension. One of the students by announcing the news said in the Tuesday gathering took place with the presence of more than 700 students; the disciplinary forces increased considerably and guards confiscated student identification cards.

Strict security measures in and around the university

According to Advaar News the news source from the office of Fostering Unity (Tahkim Vahdat)[ii], following the call for student protest at Tehran University disciplinary and security forces were put in place from early on Wednesday morning and strict security measures were organized and stratigically mobilized in and around Tehran university.

Anti-riot police forces surrounded the area around Tehran University preventing students from approaching the campus, all the while a large number of students who were already there had begun gathering. The “Students with stars” carried placards which read “Continuing our education is our absolute right”.

The latest reports indicate that students who were inside the campus stomred the university gates from the inside and crashing through were able to allow those who had been forced to stay out to enter and join them. The ceremony began with a one hour delay.

Reportedly, disciplinary agents guarding the gates of Tehran university attacked and severely beat Ali Neekou-Bakhti, a member of the central committee of the office of fostering unity (Tahkim Vahdat) who was entering the university; he was however able to enter with the aid of the protestors who were inside.

Koochakzadeh, Tehran ’s representative to the Islamic regime’s parliament (Majles) said: “Who said everyone has a right to an eduction? Who said getting an education is a right? Who said that you student activists should be allowed to study? [Students who are] American mercenaries have no right to get an education and all political activists are American mercenaries.”

On Tuesday morning, while entering the Majlis, Koochakzadeh was confronted by a gathering of more than 20 of the “students with stars” who had been there for several days to protest their expulsion from university, their prohibition from university registration due to their political activity or their membership in university student assemblies. Koochakzadeh spoke out violently, repeating the above comments to the group of protesting students. When he noticed the parliamentary news group reporter was writing down his remarks, screaming at the reporter, he said: “How dare you inscribe my words?”

The reporter who was trying to avoid a confrontation, attempted dropped what he was doing and began to walk away from the protest area but Kuchakzadeh followed him and ordered that the security forces arrest him. Thus the parliamentary reporter who only doing his job was arrested, his news identification card was confiscated and he was taken away.


[i] Stars are being given to students for punishment. "Students with stars" describes students who have been expelled or suspended from a university. The term became prevalent after several students said university officials had refused to register them for the new academic year, telling them that they have two or three stars. Student protestors and activists say more than 250 students have been affected thus far. The “admission committee” in charge of picking out the students who get the stars is made up agents of the ministry of intelligence and security of the Islamic regime.

[ii] The Office of Fostering Unity, known in Farsi as Tahkim Vahdat, is the largest student organization in Iran which has mainly been a university students' organization. It was formed to support the rule of Ruhollah Khomeini. Tahkim Vahdat became one of the most vocal critics of hardliners in Iran and promoted a pro-reformist stance, supporting Khatami. Since the failure of the so-called reformists many of its governing members reamain "nationalist religionists have established their own movement; with some members promoting the separation of religion and state they remain faithful to Islam as their religion.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2006 12:28 pm    Post subject: Students Cry Out for Freedom in Large Demonstration at Tehra Reply with quote

Students Cry Out for Freedom in Large Demonstration at Tehran University
December 07, 2006
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That was one of the banners a large crowd waved on Wednesday at a demonstration at Tehran University. As many as 2,000 students turned out to demand personal freedom in the Islamic state, which has cracked down on political activity on campus this year in what some have called the Second Cultural Revolution.

The theme of Wednesday's protest was Student Life is Alive.

The police apparently made no effort to stop the demonstration, which ended peacefully.

One banner, in Persian, read: "If I rise up and you rise up, everyone will rise up."

Another read: "Our struggle is twofold: Fighting against internal oppression and external foreign threats."

Photographs of Wednesday's demonstration were posted on Iranian websites and in the blogosphere.

The student protest was openly defiant of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who at the beginning of the school year asked students to speak out against the secularization of the education system.

The students apparently didn't, but an unknown number of professors who had been critical of the regime were forced into early retirement.

At the same time, students returning to the university were given "star" ratings by the administration. Students with borderline political leanings were assigned one or two stars. Students deemed to be vocally anti-regime were assigned three or four stars.

In many cases, three- and four-star students — regardless of their academic performance — were barred from returning to campuses this fall.

According to eyewitness reports, the area of the demonstration was blocked off by buses, and police forced cameramen away so that they could not shoot video.

According to one report, some students threw stones at news cameramen, suspecting they might be agents of the state documenting the protests for a future retaliation.

Student and academic sentiment could pose a problem for the Iranian regime. Seventy percent of Iran's population is under the age of the 30, and 90 percent of the under-30s are literate, well-read and seemingly aspire to greater personal and political freedom.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2006 4:22 pm    Post subject: Please Be Aware Reply with quote

Please be aware some of the protests might be allowed by regime as a trap ... The following meesage should be verified.

دو روزه پیش توده ایها (که جمهوری اسهالی از انها تشکیل شده) در مقابل دانشگاه تظاهرت دولتی انجام دادند---
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 13, 2006 3:48 pm    Post subject: Students interrupt Islamic Fascist Occupiers Of Iran preside Reply with quote

Students interrupt Islamic Fascist Occupiers Of Iran president

Iranian student holds an anti-Islamic Fascist placard as Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks on Monday.
the placard says Fascist President Has No Place In Polytechnic University

TEHRAN, Iran (CNN) -- Iranian students have staged a rare demonstration against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, setting off firecrackers and burning pictures of him as he delivered a speech at Tehran university, reports said.

Iran's semi-official FARS news agency and a student news Web site reported that a group of students Monday briefly interrupted Ahmadinejad's speech at Amir Kabir University by booing and chanting "Death to the dictator."

A student who attended the speech but did not want to be named confirmed those reports to CNN.

But Iran's official state-run news agency, IRNA, said the students "expressed their views in a cordial atmosphere," and chanted "Down with dictators," which was met with agreement by Ahmadinejad, who denounced the "dictatorships" in the United States and Britain.

A spokesman for Ahmadinejad's office downplayed the incident, saying that the students burned some papers but it was not clear if they were pictures of the president, as others reported.

The spokesman confirmed some firecrackers were set off during the speech, and that students shouted "Death to the dictator" or "dictatorship" but said they could have been referring to London or Washington.

And while there was some pushing and verbal arguments among students in the crowd, the spokesman, said he was present at the speech and saw no scuffles or fisticuffs.

He said some students approached Ahmadinejad after the speech and the president listened to their criticisms and requests, and assured them they would not be harassed or arrested for the incident.

However, an Amir Kabir University student, who witnessed the incident and did not want to be identified, told CNN that the protesting students interrupted Ahmadinejad's speech with slogans, including "Death to the dictator," "Get lost Basijis" -- a reference to right-wing students who support the government -- "Get lost liars" -- referring to the state-run press -- and "Political prisoners must be freed."

The student also said he witnessed the protesters burning pictures of Ahmadinejad, tossing firecrackers, and fighting with the pro-Tehran students.

The student told CNN the protesters were lined up in the back of the auditorium where the speech was held, holding posters of students that they believe are in Iranian prisons, and the pro-Tehran students were grabbing the posters out of their hands.

The pro-Tehran students held posters of Ayatollah Khomenei, the founder of the Islamic Republic, and tried to drown out the protesters with "Death to America" chants and loud clapping -- especially when the TV cameras panned toward the audience -- the student told CNN.

Cameras broken
Many right-wing students from other universities more supportive of the Tehran regime were brought to the speech beforehand, the student said. Several security guards tried to prevent the Amir Kabir students from entering the auditorium, allowing only female students, the student said. But the guards were eventually overcome by a swarm of students, the student said.

According to the student news Web site, ADWAR, the protesters were members of Amir Kabir University's Islamic Students Association, a reformist group that has lost its influence since Ahmadinejad took power last year.

The president's speech was interrupted several times by students, ADWAR reported.

Ahmadinejad responded by accusing the protesting students of having no shame and being on the payroll of the United States, according to ADWAR. But he added that he loved each one of them and said, "You insult me but I will respond to you calmly."

The protesters also broke the cameras of Iranian state TV, according to FARS news agency.

"A small number of who claim there is suppression here are themselves creating a suppressive atmosphere and will not allow the majority to listen," FARS quoted Ahmadinejad as saying.

ADWAR said that after Ahmadinejad's Student Day speech, the pro-Ahmadinejad students were waiting for buses to take them back to their universities of Emam Sadeq and Emam Hossein.

Iranian state TV reported on the president's speech, but made no mention of the protest.

On its English-language Web site, IRNA said Ahmadinejad held "sincere talks" with the students and "during the three-hour meeting, representatives of various student groups expressed their views in a cordial atmosphere."

IRNA also reported on the protesting students, but gave the impression the students were not referring to Ahmadinejad as a dictator:

"In response to the students slogans of 'Down with Dictators', the president said, 'We have been standing up to dictatorship so that no one will dare to establish dictatorship in a millennium even in the name of freedom.'

"'Given the scars inflicted on the Iranian nation by agents of the U.S. and British dictatorship, no one will ever dare to initiate the rise of a dictator,' the president said."

Journalist Shirzad Bozorgmehr contributed to this report.
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