It was good that the protests against president Ahmadi-Nejad yesterday, got some worldwide publicity. In fact a Google news search showed more than 150 related articles. For me however, the most striking picture from the event will be the one below:
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The simple placard held up by this brave Iranian student, says:
"Fascist President, the Polytechnic is not your place"
Its not just that he is standing up to an intolerant and dangerous man; one has to remember that the majority of the attendants were pro-Ahmadi-Nejad baseeji students, shipped in from Imam Sadeq and Imam Hossein universities.
I just hope this picture will not land this student in a similar fate to that of Ahmad Batebi, and what happened yesterday will not be used by the Islamic Republic to justify another more heavy handed crackdown on the universities.
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Fox News, CNN and BBC covered it which is good
Interestingly enough, at the protest yesterday at Tehran University, a student got up above the crowd like this man and burned a picture of Antarinejad, to which Antarinejad directly addressed the protesters who set fire to his picture:
"It is my honour to burn for the sake of the nation's ideals and defend the system...Americans must know that even if Ahmadinejad's body is burnt a thousand times for this purpose, Ahmadinejad will not retreat even a centimetre from these ideals."
Well, he's certaintly aware of this man's actions so let's hope he does not share the same fate as Batebi indeed. I think becuase these articles were so widely circulated and covered however, and the pictures recognized, imprisonment or torture of these protesters would draw much unwanted attention to a regime and man who just gave a speech about the Islamic Republic, the "champion of human rights and free speech".
خواهران و برادران جوان ما در ايران اين رژيم ضد ايرانی را سرنگون خواهند کرد. يک جرقه کافی است تا انفجار بزرگ در ايران رخ دهد. و چه مهيب خواهد بود . دنيا را خواهد لرزانيد.ـ
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