Thursday, December 21, 2006

'Death To The Dictator', Iran Students Shout!

Its always the students, in any country, its the students who protest the wrongs of the world, the injustice, the pseudo leaders. Some people cite immature idealism, liberal professors even a lack of wisdom or an un-jaded mind. Whatever it is I'm glad to see it taking hold in Iran...
They held portraits of Mr Ahmadinejad upside down to mock him and then set them on fire.

The day before the president visited, the university was in turmoil with students shouting "Death to the dictator".

Iranian television only showed a few seconds of the disturbance. Later Mr Ahmadinejad put a brave face on it saying the protest showed there was freedom of speech in Iran compared to his student days under the Shah.

If this looks like freedom of speech to you let me remind you of this...

According to student activists 181 students have received letters warning them not to get involved in politics, while 47 student publications and 28 student organisations have been closed in the last year.
I'm often challenged by an Iranian friend declaring "Iran is a democracy", "the President has a limited term in office" etc. Unfortunately many Iranian Americans think this way but trust me when I say its all smoke and mirrors.

Don't be confused by a smoke screen of 'democratic elections' and 'freedom of speech'.


At 4:28 PM, Blogger Miss Carnivorous said...

But at the same time, calling for his death is not a civilized and democratic way to go about regime change. They are acting just as nuts as he is. We don't want him dead, we just want him politically marginalized. What would Ghandi and Martin Luther King do??? Lots of street protests would be good. Seeing the Iranian police cracking down on the dissidents is a good way to gain support. although Iguess it didn't work in china, they just cracked down harder. Of course a lot of protesters would die. Maybe they are right. Take him out! I just have a hard time with assassination as a political tool.


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