Sunday, December 09, 2007

Tehran University Erupts!!

"Death or Freedom"!!!! "Free our democratic activists"!!!

"People, think! We were once some of the luckiest people in the world; what happened to us? Search for your dreams under the rubble and do not sit for death to come."

"Freedom of women is freedom of the society"..."Democracy, Human Rights..."

"Live Free Or Die!"

Iranian human rights activist Banafsheh Zand Bonazzi passed on that the students said there were attacks on the Basij guards who attack them.

Iranian human rights activist Banafsheh Zand Bonazzi passed on that the students said there were attacks on the Basij guards who attack them.

The AP questions that clashes took place however they were chanting against Ahmadinejad-
"Ahmadi-Pinochet, Iran will not become Chile!" the students shouted!
The AFP reported:

Hundreds of Iranian students held a new protest at Tehran University on Sunday, damaging the main gate to allow outsiders into the campus and denouncing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran's news agencies reported.

The protesters chanted slogans against the president and carried banners calling for the release of three fellow students who have been held since May in a high-profile case, the Fars news agency and state-run IRNA reported.

"The students marched on the gate and damaged it, and this allowed several non-students to enter the campus. The students chanted slogans and carried protesting placards," IRNA reported.

"Ahmadi-Pinochet, Iran will not become Chile!" chanted the protesters, playing on the names of the Iranian president and late Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, Fars reported.

Ardeshir Dolat has more on the protest from his contacts in Iran.


Despite advanced security measures and preparations by the regime's suppressive security forces , the students Human Rights and Democracyof the Tehran University and other universities gathered to protest against the regime's recent arrests of a number of students.

The students chanted " Down with the dictator" and demanded the immediate release of the arrested students.It is reported by the 'Human Rights Activists in Iran' that after breaking through the 16th Azar gate of the Tehran University , students from other universities and polytechnics joined Tehran University students. They sang 'Yare Dabestani' (school mate) song which has now become a revolutionary song whilst moving towards the engineering faculty of the University where they held a free tribune ceremony. 7 speakers from different political backgrounds and representations displayed an unprecedented and exciting united front and solidarity.The first speaker was the representative of the Kurdish students who outlined the plight of the Kurds and reiterated that Iranian kurds are not separatists and regarded the cities of Kermanshah and Ilam (Western provinces) as the worst victims of the regimes atrocities against the Iranian ethnic groups and minorities.

Then Rashid Esmaili endorsing the first speaker, stated that "where ever there is a Kurd, that place is Iran".Mahdieh Golco, the representative of Alameh University and other reps spoke of their discontent about the suppression and arrests of the students.The socialist students rep announced and stated his excitement that their united movement now includes all political and ethnic groups.Salman Sima, an Azad Universty rep spoke of the uni's dire conditions and sarcastically announced that Mr Jaberi is about to inaugurate a new Azad Islamic University in Evin prison (a notorious prison where political prisoners are tortured and held in solitary confinements).
This was a reference to the recent 5 students who have joined hundreds of already arrested others.the students then sang the revolutionary anthem and chanted " down with the dictator", "referendum, referendum, this is the demand of the Mardum (people)", and "arrested students must be released now" whilst moving towards the university's main gate. The security forces tried to prevent the students from getting to the main entrance but were outnumbered by the large number of students.However, the regime's forces had parked 12 buses on the main street to block the people's view of the university grounds and prevent them from joining the students.At the end of the demo, the students gathered in circles and held hands. A score of students were arrested and taken away.

To see more photos of the demo click here

UPDATE 2: Michael Ledeen has video from the protest at The Corner- Obviously, there were more than "a couple of hundred" protesters at the university

Links Via Gateway Pundit
Update:Winston rightly points out that those English language signs and banners that students carry with them means that the students inside of Iran want foreign press coverage and want the foreign observers to know what's going on in that country occupied by the mullahs. This needs to be supported by all bloggers who care about freedom and democracy

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