Monday, December 7, 2009

Students Day in Tehran

Iranian authorities have deployed hundreds of policemen at Tehran University as students call for mass protests against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to mark the annual Students Day.


Each year on 7 December, Tehran students commemorate the 1953 killing of three students by the Shah's security forces just months after a US-backed coup toppled the then prime minister Mohammad Mossadeq.

Since the Iranian presidential elections last June, which resulted in a disputed victory for President Ahmadinejad, hundreds of thousands of protesters have taken to the streets of Tehran, accusing the president of "stealing their votes". Thousands have been arrested and dozens killed.

Opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi did not call on the students directly to take part in today's protest march at the university but has challenged the authorities as they moved to prevent them. On his website Kaleme.com, Mr Mousavi has posted a statement condemning the arrests of dozens of students in the past few days. Warning the Revolutionary Guards that arrests will not resolve Iran's political unrest, he said the authorities are "fighting with shadows in the streets".

Elsewhere in Iran, there are reports of clashes between the police and demonstrators. Tear gas has allegedly been used to quash marching students. Aside from banning foreign media from covering Monday's events, the authorities have also cut Internet and mobile phone connections and blocked access to several opposition sites.
source: RNW

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