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Iranian students go into hiding after protest.

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posted on Dec, 18 2006 @ 10:49 AM
Iranian students go into hiding after demonstrating against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during a presidential speech at Tehran's Amir Kabir university.

Iranian students hide in fear for lives after venting fury at Ahmadinejad

· President's supporters vow revenge on protesters
· Activists forecast harsher crackdown on dissent

Robert Tait in Tehran
Monday December 18, 2006
The Guardian

The president's backers show their support during his visit to Amir Kabir university last week to counter protests by student activists. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Iranian student activists who staged an angry protest against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad last week have gone into hiding in fear for their lives after his supporters threatened them with revenge.
One student fled after being photographed holding a banner reading, "Fascist president, the polytechnic is not for you", during Mr Ahmadinejad's visit to Tehran's Amir Kabir university. At least three others have gone underground after being seen burning his picture. Vigilantes from the militant Ansar-e Hezbollah group have been searching for them.

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In a startling contrast to the acclaim Mr Ahmadinejad has received in numerous recent appearances around Iran, he faced chants of "Death to the dictator" as he addressed a gathering in the university's sports hall last week. Several hundred students forced their way in to voice anger over a clampdown on universities since he became president last year.
While his aides played down the incident, the Guardian has learned details of the violent and chaotic events.

The disclosures came yesterday as early returns from Friday's council elections indicated that Mr Ahmadinejad's hardline supporters had failed in their attempt to take control of several key local authorities. Turnout was estimated at about 60% after reformers urged liberal-minded electors to vote in large numbers to protest against the government's policies.

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The student protests are indicative of what many Iranian citizens seem to be thinking and feeling.

I'm hoping these demonstrations will gather steam and be duplicated across the length and breadth of Iran.
Not so as to throw the country into turmoil, but to show the leaders that they need to take care of the people first.

Brave men these students are and perhaps this is the first step toward a peaceful regime change.

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posted on Dec, 18 2006 @ 01:51 PM
Iran is making a lot of fuss these days on the international front to take away these protesters' thunder. The Iranian president and the US president actually have much in common, they are both religious wackos with weak poll numbers that are trying to become popular not by helping their own people, but by starting wars so the populace will rally around them.

posted on Dec, 20 2006 @ 08:14 AM
In the US, protesters are in the open. In Iran, they must hide or long prison,or death. That is how facist regimes stay in power, kill or imprison
all freedoms.

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