for those who don't know, today is "National Day of Daneshjoo".
55 years ago (1953) on this day, the Engineering students of Tehran University, staged a protest against the appearance of Richard Nixon in Iran (after the American assisted coup d'etat of 1953). The shah's General, Fazlollah Zahedi opened fire on students and three were killed.
Today, Iranian students vowed to defy the orders and threats, and to flood streets. They have been chanting Allah-o Akbar last night, as loud as they could, as passionately as they could; in isolated dark pockets on the not-so safe roofs of Tehran. And today, they are chanting:
I will add photos and videos; once I have decided on the best of them--and finished work.
First Set: Elm O San'at University. This gathering is PARTICULARLY important because Elm-O-Sanat is Ahmadinejad's stronghold. He was a professor there and most of his ministers are (faked-PhDs) from the professors mafia of Elm O San'at.
This must be Tehran U or AmirKabi U. What I like is the sign the girl in the black veil is holding:
This vide is also brilliant! Students are each holding some money, extending it towards the Basijis, suggesting that they are confronting the people because they are on Ahmadinejad's payroll. In fact, this is not an outlandish suggestion. After the post-election oppression, the basijis had received bonuses and thanks for their participation. I think the salary for joining the band of biker-beaters was around 200$ per day. (Which reminds me that the parliament has vowed to investigate (again) the 1 billion dollar that went missing from the government coffers during Ahmadinejad's first term.)
This picture is chilling. The boy in white shirt is held by two Taliban-looking Al-quaeda-attired thugs. What is fascinating is the posture of the police. The men in dark green in the foreground. They are standing passively. By and large the police has not been bruitalizing--although some of the special guards are caught on video hitting little girls in the head. But in this picture, you see the BRUTALITY of the savages who are by all means foreigner to the rest of us Iranians!
More tear Gas! Imagine Tehran is a city of > 12 million people at night, only! Unless they carpet bomb the city, they will not be able to contain it. 30 years ago, the shah couldn't win over these people.
I loved one particular slogan: Polise zedde[anti] shooresh[riot]; Ahmadi ro beshooresh[wash ahmadinejad] :))
I was the first person to click on this on You Tube! This is Ilam University. Ilam is a little impoverished province in the South West of Iran. This is defying the notion that it is only a minority of Tehrani students who are acting chaotically.
And this is Kermanshah, one of Iran's Kurdish provinces and one of the most dangerous places to have a political profile. Recently, Ehsan Fatahian was hanged for his participation in Kurdish politics.
:)) this one is hilarious: In front of Tehran U, kids sing: Nang-e maa Nange Maa, Rahbare Aldange maa [our shame , our shame, our leader (is) lame]
And these are fresh images of protest in Kerman. Kerman is the hometown of Hashemi Rafsanjani 9rafsanjan is a city in province of Kerman.) Kerman has a long history of political participation, but it is also reputed for being one of the calmest provinces of Iran--its people famous for being lazy :) At the end of the 18th century, Kerman came under siege by Agha Mohammad Khan. The city was giving refuge to Lotfalikhan, the king from Zand dynasty, perhaps one of the best and most fair dynasties of Iran. Mohammad khan punished Kermanis for their loyalty to Zandiye by balling 210 kilos of eyes!! This painful defeat is believed to have paid a significant role in Kermani's rather conservative and passive roles in the history.Nevetheless, it is one of the ancient Iranian cities, rich with culture and architecture. The students of the "lazy" city are ALSO OUT. Notice they chant a little less forcefully than Tehranis or Kurds :)
And these are my favorite Xena pictures.
A little feisty girl teaching the guy a lesson! :)
The girls holding a V are standing in front of the engineering department (I think this is Mashad U).
This is what they mean by Lebas-shakhsi (plain clothes; or Basiji). Click on the picture to see the faces up close. What is the average age, you think? What is the motivation? I have seen real Basijis; they are shy; introvert; and quiet. These are hired thugs; or pre-Talibanized psychos, who need brain-washing in the clock-work-orange style!
And this is Ghazvin protests. Ghazvin's population is famous for their "chutzpa". :) They chant: "we are children of war, fight and we will fight you back!"