The caption on the above image reads: The 16th of Azar, onward toward freedom and liberty; this is the motto of the people. (hat tip Banafsheh)
Editors note: The next day of protests in Iran is scheduled for 16th of Azar (December 7th), which is the 56 year commemoration of the Iranian Students Day (Rooz’eh Daneshjoo). On Nov, 15, 1953 it was announced that Richard Nixon, the then Vice President of the US was to be traveling to Tehran; university students began planning on a protest. Soldiers and agents were placed strategically throughout the university campus in order to strengthen security. In the early morning hours of Dec, 6, the students as they entered the grounds if Tehran University, they became aware of military equipment being moved onto the university campus; they entered their classes calmly not to provide any pretext for a confrontation. However military officers guided by undercover agents and informants began making violent arrests. In order for the situation not to turn violent, the dean announced the closing of the university and called on the students to leave, but clashes between students and security guards had already flared up at the engineering school building. Soon bullets were flying and people were being wounded; security forces did not make any attempts at aiding the injured by transporting them to hospitals. Three students who were killed: Ahmad Ghandchi who was a member of Jebhe Melli (The National Front, supportive of Prime Minister Mossadegh), Shariat-Razavi and Bozorgnia were both of whom were claimed by the Stalinist Tudeh party (supported by the KGB); twenty seven students were arrested and many more were injured. The following day, Richard Nixon arrived in Tehran and visited Tehran University where he delivered a speech and was endowed an honorary law degree.
In sharp contrast to the student movement of the ’50’s, 60’s and ’70’s Iran, a large number of whom were swept up by revolutionary fervor and finally the Khomeinist revolution, the student protesters of today’s Iran have cultivated an impressive constitutional savvy and are indeed independent thinkers, no longer influenced by partisanship or ideological influence from other societies. They have acquired a historical memory that has lead them to the appreciation of a secular regime (separation of religion and government) as well as progressive constitutional discernment.
The net exposed the brutal Islamic regime before, and it will again. They can murder, but they can't hide. Free men will prevail despite a hostile US president.
You have to wonder if Obama's tech whizzes helped Ahmadijihad
TEHRAN, Iran — Iranian authorities have slowed Internet connections to a crawl or choked them off completely before expected student protests Monday to deny the opposition a vital means of communication.
In another familiar tactic before such rallies, authorities have ordered journalists working for foreign media organizations not to leave their offices to cover the demonstrations.
Iran's beleaguered opposition has sought to maintain momentum with periodic demonstrations coinciding with state-sanctioned events. Monday's rallies will take place on a day that normally marks a 1953 killing of three students at an anti-U.S. protest. Since the 1990s, the day has served as an occasion for pro-reform protests.
Students are at the center of the opposition to Iran's clerical regime and its brutal crackdown on demonstrators protesting what they believed was a fraudulent presidential election in June.
The opposition, which relies on the Web and cell phone service to organize rallies and get its message out, has vowed to hold rallies Monday, the first anti-government show of force in a month. It is not clear if the demonstrations will take place on university campuses or in the streets.
The call went out on dozens of Web sites run by supporters of opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mahdi Karroubi, both of whom ran in the June 12 election. Most of those sites have been repeatedly blocked by the government, forcing activists to set up new ones.
Internet connections in the capital, Tehran, have been slow or completely down since Saturday. Blocking Internet access and cell phone service has been one of the routine methods employed by the authorities to undermine the opposition in recent months.
Just for knowing, there will be a sister protest in Washington DC – calling upon our muhammadan President to stand with free peoples.
In honor of Students day in Iran, a gathering of Iranian students of the 1999 uprising at Georgetown University, Washington DC / Sunday, December 6th (hat tip Banafsheh)
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