Monday, July 14, 2003

"Regime Change In Iran By Promoting Human Rights, Freedom and Free Referendum"
Please sign it to help Iranians...

Sunday, July 13, 2003

Iran's Khatami Says Will Quit if People Wish It:
"TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's President Mohammad Khatami said he would quit if people wanted him to, a newspaper reported on Saturday, as his reformist government faced growing criticism for failing to tackle conservative Islamic opponents.
Khatami's 1997 election raised hopes of reform among many Iranians, most of whom were born after the 1979 Islamic revolution. But conservatives occupying powerful unelected posts in Iran's complex political structure have blocked the reforms.
Public frustration spilled on to the streets in recent weeks with anger directed at Khatami as well as the hardline Islamic clerics. Some protesters have called on Khatami to resign.
"We are not people's masters, but we are this nation's servants. We will go, if this nation says we do not want you," Khatami was quoted as saying by the Iran newspaper....."

…so he did the best & it seems that all those protests & chants against him, finally made him believe that people hate him & his dirty tricks, although living in Iran has touch me not to believe Mullahs easily; & still I'm not sure that he is telling all those with honestly & if he's trying to make another trick or not....
Anyway, he was the only Mullah after revolution who was beloved for a while, I don't know what exactly happened to people who voted for him two times, but for sure that was not another trick of Islamic republic & Iranians were really impressed by him & his plans & sweet talks of reform...
Now they all have understood their mistake & after these years, there is no time left for khatami to rebuild what he has destroyed & the best thing to do is to quit. If he does so, for sure will make a good ending to these years of being President & people will be a bit satisfied & also less furious about him, & if not it will be proved again that he has always been a big liar.
There is no doubt, it’s time to go for them; the wise ones will apply sooner & others will wait to be kicked out from Iran or perhaps this world...

Saturday, July 12, 2003

Detained Canadian Photographer Dies in Tehran
"OTTAWA (Reuters) - A Canadian freelance photographer who was arrested in Tehran and then taken to a hospital with serious head injuries has died, government officials in Ottawa said on Saturday.
Montreal-based Zahra Kazemi, 54, was detained on June 23 after taking pictures of Tehran's notorious Evin prison, where many dissidents are jailed.
She was hospitalized with serious head injuries and later declared brain dead. Relatives say she was accused of being a spy and beaten into a coma."

So, whose fault is it? Iranian government? Canadian government? That photographer herself? Or we Iranian people!?....

Friday, July 11, 2003

Student activists and demonstrators must be treated in accordance with international human rights standards
"Amnesty International is concerned at yesterday's arrest of student leaders Reza Ameri Nassab, Ali Moghtadari and Arash Hashemi who may have been targeted solely for the peaceful expression of their political views. All three were arrested after they took part in an open press conference held at the offices of Daftar-e Tahkim-e Vahdat (Office for Strengthening Unity, or OCU) on the anniversary of the 18 Tir (9 July 1999) student demonstrations. During the press conference they criticized restrictions on freedom of expression and association in Iran. They were said to have been forced to the ground and thrown into three separate vehicles and taken to an unknown destination. Ali Moghtadari was reportedly released the same evening......"
Conjoined Twins To Be Buried in Iran
"The bodies of Iranian twins who died in Singapore during a operation to separate their fused heads are being flown home for burial.
Members of Singapore's Iranian expatriate community held a memorial service Wednesday for Laleh and Ladan Bijani.
Reuters news service quotes an Iranian diplomat as saying the two will be buried in their hometown.
The 29-year-old Bijani sisters died Tuesday...."

So they will be buried & everything is finished, the only thing that is left is the memory of these two Iranian girl who died in a tragic story; but there are also some strange points that has made Iranians doubt about the whole story...the reason that between all other countries Singapore & Raffles hospital were chosen & the question that if it is related with economical problems of Raffles Medicals company, & the great coverage of Media on this event , & what was supposed to happen the next day as the biggest demonstration of all Iranians that had scared the government a lot..& too many other points that can make this tragic story a detective one & make people lose their trust to anything that happens in this country!
Anyway, we are all really sorry for Laleh & Laden but more than that for the ones who caused their death to reach their hateful goals...

Cox & Forkum:

Thursday, July 10, 2003

Banned Persian Community !
This problem of blocked weblogs isn’t something to be forgotten easily & I think if we don’t do something serious, censure on the Internet will be continued & even get worse.
As a great number of Farsi weblogs are on Persianblog & all of them at the time are blocked I think it’s very important for us to provide some true information about it to the world…

Actually Persianblog was made to ease writing for Iranians & has been providing free blogging service since about one year ago & now is the biggest Persian community in Internet.
There were just three computer experts who started it independently & were always committed both from government & people. As they had to follow the ruled & sometimes were told by government to ban some weblogs, some people believed that they work for government & they were also told from inside country that what they do is forbidden & it’s not right to let people publish whatever they want without censorship…but anyway, the number of users raised each day & more people started the experience of writing freely with no limitation for people of all the world…

Farsi is the Forth language in the Internet & more than 75% of Farsi content in the Internet refers to Persianblog, It also uses the biggest persian advertisement system in the Internet. The monthly transfer of Server is about 1.2 terra bytes & there are 5000000 visitors each month.
Here are also some accurate stats of the last information about Persianblog:
No. of registered Users: 89984
No. Male Users: 74449
No. Female Users: 15535
Reviewed weblog Users in Users List: 10137
No. Posts: 415979
No. Comments: 1286429
No. Posts with Comments: 220283
Comments per Post: 5.8399

These confirmed numbers (by Reza, one of Persianblog managers) that are just weblogs on Persianblog not other blogging services, show clearly the importance of weblogs between Iranians.
Actually In this short time, from the day that the first Persian weblog was created, writing & reading weblogs has become one of Iranian Internet users’ habits & of course a great part of Internet usages are for weblog, so blocking them at first won’t be very nice for Internet Service Providers. Another point is that a while ago, Parsonline that is the biggest ISP of Iran had started blocking Persianblog weblogs itself.
I hope this information can help the world to have a right view of weblogs in Iran & I really want other Iranians bloggers to do something not to let them do whatever they want with our cyber world…
There must be something wrong...
It’s been two days that all weblogs in Blogspot & Persianblog & also many other Persian websites are blocked here. They always knew that Iranian weblogs can be their first enemy & they couldn’t stand so many pages in the Internet without their control written by Iranians & were always searching for a way; at last they did the worst & blocked all of them! Some months ago when they started censuring Internet for the first time everyone was dissatisfied & angry but nobody did anything serious & nothing happened, so they went farther & continued blocking more & more websites.
Oh, I really don’t know what’s wrong with Iranians these days; they make petition to prove to the world they don’t visit porno sites! But they do nothing when all their rights are becoming forgotten & the only place that they could feel free in it is getting controlled by Mullahs.
Hold the fireworks
July 9th has come and gone without a revolution. Why?

By Naghmeh Sohrabi in The Iranian the anniversary of Tir 18 is over, But things somehow didn't happen as it was expected, actually there were kinds of battles in some of streets but when I compare the crowd & braveness of people in protests of some weeks ago with this one I believe that unfortunately it was an unsuccessful demonstration & people didn't support students very well.
Although there are two other reasons that didn't let things go very well, one is that as it was more than three months that every groups were planning for this day & encouraging people, all Islamic vigilantes & police were ready from some days ago & used all their power not to let people do anything, they even didn't let people get together & make a crowd. Everywhere was full of Basijis in black to recognize each other; so they were careful enough not to let anything serious happen…Again many ones got arrested & I’ve also heard that it was shooting in some streets.
Another reason is that a great number of active fighters & leaders of opposition groups in Iran were detained from weeks ago & the protest couldn't have a good plan.
Anyway I think that government did its best to stop people, but people didn't do their best to support students & show their dissatisfaction....
You know, a while ago I read somewhere that Iranians always do something when nobody except & It's impossible to mark a day to make a revolution, revolution will be made itself suddenly. Now I feel that it's somehow right, perhaps most of people made a mistake!
Here is the report of Reuters & sky news, I couldn’t find any photos in the net; Media coverage of the events wasn't also very good inside Iran...

Tuesday, July 08, 2003

Cox & Forkum

"As an editorial below puts it: on "July 9th [...] on the occasion of the annual commemoration of the bloody suppression of the student uprising of 1999, there will be renewal of massive protests inside and outside of Iran." We support the students and other Iranians in their fight for freedom against the Islamist tyranny and hope our government will do more to help them. (Unlike, say, Liberia, Iran is waging a war against America and civilization in general.)...."

Tomorrow...that is tomorrow, the day that many ones call the day of freedom for Iranians, Tir 18, July 9.
It's been more than three months that many groups are planning seriously for the big strike of all kinds of people & students, & more than those opposition groups, Mullahs are trying to stop them, by cracking down satellite dishes, arresting protesters, hitting & killing them & different kinds of warnings to people. Many times they have said directly that there is no permission for any kind of demonstration & in few words they’re using all the gimmicks not to lose their power. But people don't give up easily & everyone has been waiting & preparing for tomorrow...

You know, I have no idea what exactly will happen. Actually a while before this I used to think July 9 will be somehow the last day for this regime but now that it's less than 24 hours to this historic day I have a feeling that still the number of traitors is more than real Iranians who work for having freedom & a democratic regime; I hope to be wrong! But anyways as an Iranian, I'm not proud of the work of mass media, & also the ones who has power in Internet & could easily do much more to show the importance of July 9, the anniversary of that violent action against innocent students... I don’t know what exactly I wanna say, I just feel worried, & get confused when I see all the ones I know saying easily:” don't worry, nothing will happen & it's just a temporary excitement…” & I can't understand if it's really what they believe or not . Yes, people are really pessimistic about a soon change of regime; they are tired & hopeless & for sure scared. And I just don't know if they can throw away their fear & tiredness or not.

People have seen enough violence from this regime & for sure they don't like to lose their children & teenagers in a street battle & let them fight for what is their right. I just wish they could open their eyes & see clearly what is happening to their children & just compare that with death...

Tomorrow is July 9...the day that Iranians will show what they really want, & will prove that they're not a kind of people who leave alone the students & the young guys who are spending they life in prisons, just because they wanted freedom for all Iranians. I really hope that they do it well & I myself will try my best to do whatever I can as a young girl, we must also encourage each other; that's very important…
Anyway, I know that all people in the world support us spiritually, & pray for all fighters of freedom. I wish that they also show their support by whatever they can do; I'm sure that bloggers & writers from other countries will not forget us.
Oh, I feel that I'm making a will!!! You know, I can not ignore this feeling of anxiety...Ok, let's see what is waiting for Iranians in their destiny.
Both conjoined twins die
"Iranian sisters Iranian Laleh and Laden Bijani died today, more than 48 hours into marathon surgery to separate the 29-year-olds who had been born joined at the head...."

So both of them died...I just had wished the operation to go good & these two girls to be healthy & happy, living separated but now that they're dead I don't feel sad (as I never feel sad for the death of anybody); I'm sure that at the time they are much more happier than the time they were alive in this world. Anyway, I read in news that they died just a bit after they got separated; so it was their destiny to be joined; separation meant death to them.
Iran acts to stop anniversary student protest
"The Iranian government is taking action to pre-empt possible unrest tonight on the eve of the anniversary of a crackdown on student protests by banning rallies and jamming satellite broadcasts from exiles in the US.
The interior ministry said it had refused all requests for rallies this week, when university students had hoped to commemorate the violent suppression of protests on July 9 1999....."
One of the hottest news in Iran these days is the operation of Laleh & laden Bijani, 29 years twins who are (better to say were) joined at the head...everyone's praying for this two Iranian girls who really had a hard life. Even thinking about that kind of life & every single thing they do is difficult for others. But all people who know them just a bit admire them; they even went to university & did everything like ordinary people. I really hope this important operation to go good & wish health for these twins who will start a new life after these days....

-Iran pays for operation of Bijanis
-Yahoo; Photos of Laleh & Ladan

Monday, July 07, 2003

After about two weeks away from Internet, everything in this cyber world seems great especially weblogs & blogging that at the time is the most enjoyable work for me…Anyway, I’m back again & will continue writing…

Monday, June 30, 2003

…There is something wrong with my PC & for a while I can't connect to Internet from home…so now I have come to an Internet café but I feel so much uncomfortable. I have a feeling that everyone is looking at the monitor of this computer I am using & every little thing I do is controlled by others. Although I know that is wrong & that is why It has been a while I have not come to an Internet café…anyway I just couldn’t read all my mails or answer any of them, & am just writing something with doubt & worry. But I think for at least some days I must come here because it’s the nearest internet place to out home. OK that’s enough for now, this feeling of being looked by everyone is getting worse & it is about half an hour that I'm here. One other man beside me is explaining about Farsi language teaching software with a loud voice to another man who seems not to be Iranian & his voice really bothers me!! OK that’s enough for now, this feeling of being looked by everyone is getting worse & it is about half an hour that I'm here. I wish to be able to write again so, these days I missed blogging & all my readers & e-mails so much…

Friday, June 27, 2003

This chap aint no champion
I am angry that Iranians are so naïve as to fall fo Reza Pahlavi

By Ali Ezzatyar
"As a logical being, I prefer not even calling him Reza Pahlavi. I am forced to; I don’t know what else to call him. His grandfather Reza Khan arbitrarily bestowed upon himself the name Pahlavi, as well as the title Shah less than a century ago. As an extension of this reality, any rational person would assume that by maintaining this capricious title, he wishes to carry on the legacy of his father and grandfather...."

Although I agree with what is said in this article & think most of reasons are logic to show Reza Pahlavi as enemy of Iranians; but I must confess than by listening to his speeches & ideas (forgetting about questions he never answer), I can't find anyone else more qualified than him for the future regime of Iran & the needed wisdom & calmness that he shows in his behavior is admirable. As a very young Iranian girl I easily get obsessed by one or two of his interviews! But I also believe that there are some more important things that in his plan are vague & that make concern about his promises & his probable change in ideas in future.
At the time there are some people, actually a few numbers of them who are still living in a monarchy in their dreams & are waiting for son of their loved king to lead the country as another king!!! And even now call him Prince Reza Pahlavi...
And there are others who hate him as they hated his father & believe that he caused all this mess. And now criticize any word of Reza Pahlavi as a traitorous plan & never seem to believe him.
That is a big confusion, not just the problem of Reza Pahlavi but this battle for the future leader of Iran. As I said at the time I don't see anyone more qualified that Reza Pahlavi but that will be proved when country become so free that all groups & oppositions & even any single person can give their opinions, then people can decide who to choose. Oh I wish that it really was as easy as writing about it, but everyone knows that the most difficulty will come just after the time mullahs lave the country... As Reza Pahlavi says himself the day of referendum is the end of his politician duty & after that will let people decide. Although it can't be any other way, but I wish that he says that will all his honesty....

(Reza Pahlavi…& his mother Farah Diba, actually this second photo has got nothing to do with the note, I just put it there because I like this photo very much….The last king seemed to have a good viewpoint in finding wives!)

Thursday, June 26, 2003

As you might know a group of Iranian bloggers & also owners of one of the biggest blogging services, Persianblog have got up a petition for the recent article of CNN/Reuter about situation of Internet in Iran, that I & also many others see it a foolish action that will not prove anything except the viewpoint of Iranians...
The fact is that their article is completely based on true, although that weblog of a prostitute is not the most important one but as its stats show in one of the hottest. Even if that wasn't true, they wanted to prove that porno websites is popular between Iranians & how can we deny it when we all know that it is?
Stats show that although the number of Iranian bloggers is rising & they write in many fields but the most popular ones are the ones who write about sex, both men & women. And the point is that there is not anything write with it. We live in a country with little freedom & streets full of men to arrest young boys & girls together or girls who have been covering their bodies for more than twenty years; how do us except ourselves not to use this free world to read about or somehow experience what hat has so much limitation in our country. Actually I see that completely natural & name this fuckin petition just a childish reason to deny the truth.
Oh, this new appearance of Blogger is so much nice, as for a while this page of blogger has been like a part of my life & writing on it just as a habit, Now I feel good about this variety. That’s good; it needed this change.
Oh, I think my excitement about this nice page is getting a bit too much childish!! Anyway, sometimes some friends suggest me to move to another blogging system but for many reasons I prefer to start blogger with blogger, what I started with both my Farsi & English weblog & still feel comfortable with it. Forgetting about some temporary problems till now it's been a good friend of mine that have also let me make connection with other my friends of the world.

Tuesday, June 24, 2003

Iranian student protests deserve support: Blair
"LONDON, June 23 (AFP) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Monday said that student anti-regime demonstrations in Iran "deserve our support."
"I think people who are fighting for freedom everywhere deserve our support, yes," Blair said in answer to a question from an MP in the House of Commons.
"The exact nature of our support we are able to give, that is a different question. But I think that those people in whavever part of the world who try to have basic human rights and civil liberties deserve support all over," the British leader continued...."

Monday, June 23, 2003

Iran bans public protests on anniversary of unrest
"TEHRAN, June 23 — Iran said on Monday it would ban any demonstrations outside universities to mark the July 9 anniversary of 1999 student unrest following a wave of sometimes violent democracy protests that prompted a crackdown this month...."

That seems foolish; no one was waiting for their permission & this fact that they would ban any demonstrations on July 9, will make no change to students' movement.
You know, this regime is a kind that will try not to lose their grip on media & news till the last moment; for example all these recent protests & anti-regime demonstrations were criticizes as an unsuccessful try of traitors for damaging Islamic republic!!! Here are photos of this program on channel one of Iran's TV that as the Farsi note says begins with the scenes of some wounded Basijis, some of the ones who were arrested & a just a few scenes of street battles, It continues with showing scenes from LA channels & the ones who are talking about these battles, & at last Khameneiee who talks with authority (that's what he always do) & some national songs...

...So everything's fine; It was just a simple problem that now is solved by the power of brave Basijis & also wisdom of, you just don't worry, everything's great & mullahs are still stealing your land. You are watching Islamic republic TV of lie & trick!

Sunday, June 22, 2003

Powell Denies U.S. Preparing for Conflict with Iran
"DEAD SEA, Jordan (Reuters) - Secretary of State Colin Powell on Sunday dismissed as "absolutely wrong" any suggestion that the United States was preparing to attack Iran.
The United States accuses Iran of seeking nuclear weapons, supporting "terrorist organizations," and meddling in the affairs of neighboring Iraq, where U.S.-led troops have the toppled the government of president Saddam Hussein.
Conservatives inside and outside the Bush administration have called for the United States to take a harder line toward Iran, which President Bush last year included in an "axis of evil" with North Korea and Iraq....
"We encourage the demonstrations not as a way of fomenting trouble but to say, people should be free to speak out," Powell said...."

Saturday, June 21, 2003

...Also take a look at:
-Letter to His Excellency Ayatollah Khamenei...

-Photos of Today strike of some students of Tehran University...

-Lighting The Way; editorial cartoon of Cox & Forkum...
A new wave of protest has been started in the east of city; Tehranpars. And as it’s reported it’s getting more serious that the last ones in Amirabad Street….but these days I feel some new confusions and beyond those childish excitements, another though has filled my mind;
And that’s concern of the time when our children ask us why? & it will be our duty to give them a logic answer… yes we mush have enough reasons to persuade them we did it all because of this land & we knew what we were doing. I know that at the time that everyone is thinking about plans of demonstrations, talking about my child who will ask me: “why?!!!" is a bit foolish, but I really can't get it out of my mind & as a matter of fact there is another problem that still I can't even find the answer to this question that: What do we want? …Actually I couldn’t find the answer anywhere, not among protesters’ chants, Reza Pahlavi's speeches, politician’s essays or the oppositions’ notes. All of them are complaining about the present situation, saying insults to mullahs & encouraging people to fight against the, what to fight for?!!!

All of us know that in anyways, soon or late, the life of this regime will come to an end & mullahs will escape from country or will be killed by the men of other regime! And things will again be in their right way, the world will forget us again & we have to deal with our daily problems. But what is very depressing for me is the thought that some years later after these battles, I feel that still I don’t owe my share of this world & also don’t have the answer to the next generation questions…

Today, suddenly I felt like taking a look again at the photos of Those Days, (the best ones, taken by kaveh Golestan who died a while ago in Iraq) & this time they seemed to me like they were taken recently from anti-regime demonstrations. You know what was the main similarity? Excitement & lack of hesitation; what is the habit of us iranians at the most important moments of history…

Friday, June 20, 2003

Rice Stokes Up U.S. Pressure on Iran
"BERLIN (Reuters) - U.S. National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice on Friday backed recent pro-democracy protests in Iran in comments that stoked a U.S. campaign of criticism of Iran's rulers.
In a guest commentary for Germany's Die Welt newspaper, Rice also repeated an appeal from President Bush to the international community to make clear it would not tolerate construction of nuclear weapons in Iran.
Rice said the Iranian government had allowed a "small unelected clique" to override the will of the people.
Referring to the recent protests in Tehran and other Iranian cities, Rice said:
"The United States sees itself obliged to support the demands of the people of Iran.
"And when Iran strives to get weapons of mass destruction, especially nuclear weapons, the international community must take decisive action and make clear that this is unacceptable."...."
Another battle has been started!
As the demonstrations inside Iran have been almost cracked down & streets & universities are somehow calm & without any protests, another battle against mullahs in the Net is going on. Many newspapers & channels have focused on Iran & they're working on reports & articles about Iran recent movements...the number of Iranian bloggers writing in English is also rising & they work harder to provide information from inside.
It's less than one month to July 9, & everyone is waiting for that day...some people believe that the recent protests although they were temporary & didn't continue so much were like a good start for the coming month, but there are also others who think that it was a scheme to arrest students & scare people, to weaken the plans of that protest. But whatever it was at least it had this advantage to catch the world's attention to what is happening in Iran.

Thursday, June 19, 2003

Wednesday, June 18, 2003

Iran Protesters Set Fire to of some Iranians burning in fire; photos of some humans burning in fire; what difference does it make where they are from... the Important thing is the pain that make somebody prefer burning in fire than continuing life in this world…
As I have said Mujahedeens are members of a group that both people & government hate them; of course that makes a contrast, a same enemy for both people & leaders! So just imagine their situation as an opposition group... but you know, Most of this group's members are exposed people who have been deceived & their existence is the least important thing for the leaders of group… they are called terrorists out of country & traitors inside, that is a bleak situation; But what about this self-immolating?! I have no idea how to persuade myself about this action, by seeing those photos I was just wondering that where this humankind is really going to?
andrewsullivan: "JULY 9: Here's my proposal. On July 9, as many blogs as possible focus on the struggle for freedom in Iran. It's the anniversary of the pro-democracy protests that have been going on for years. I'll devote the week after July 4 to this issue, culminating in July 9. Please send me links, ideas, articles pertaining to the Iranian struggle in the next few weeks. If you're an Iranian dissident and may perhaps read this somewhere somehow, get in touch, email your thoughts. If you're an Iranian ex-patriate, let me know what you think we need to link to or include. If you're a blogger, make your own plans, and let me know so I can link. Many people have theorized about the power of the web to bring about change and the young generation in Iran must know this as well as any group of people. So let's try and use it - if only to send a symbol of solidarity with those resisting the theo-fascists who have wrecked Iran for three generations...."

I'm sure that this work will be one of the most effective ones in this fighting for freedom, even more than street struggles & demonstrations. I really admire this idea & am sure that it'd be great...actually after the recent link in this site I had a rise in number of visitors & also e-mails from people who say that they'll support any action for freedom how they can...I thank everyone & just wish that all Iranians could see that they have a great support of the world till they try for freedom & democracy.

Tuesday, June 17, 2003

French Police Swoop on Iran Opposition Group
"PARIS (Reuters) - French police launched a major swoop Tuesday on a left-wing Iranian exile group based in the Paris region, rounding up 167 sympathizers for questioning over possible links to terrorism and seizing $1.3 million in funds.
The Interior Ministry said around 1,300 police and national security officers descended on homes and office of the People's Mujahideen starting at 6 a.m. in a raid ordered by leading anti-terrorist investigating judge Jean-Louis Bruguiere.
Among those detained was Miryam Rajavi, wife of Mujahideen founder Massoud Rajavi and head of the exile umbrella group National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), police said. Nine people were released immediately, while the rest were detained....."

...So, they are arrested; but actually they're not that much popular between Iranians & perhaps are the most hateful opposition out of country. You know; the fact is that at the time most of Iranians are sick & tired of any thing that is related to Islam & all they want is a democratic & especially secular regime. Many ones believe that if mujahedeen could have the power the situation would be much worse!

Monday, June 16, 2003

Today; Amir Kabir University...

Yahoo: "More than 250 university lecturers and writers have called on Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, to abandon the principle of being God's representative on earth and to accept he is accountable to the people. The move follows a week of protests and riots in Tehran in which pro-democracy demonstrators clashed with police and vigilantes who support the hard-line clerical regime. The protests witnessed unprecedented condemnation of Khamenei, calls for his death, in a land where criticism of the supreme leader is punishable by imprisonment...."

Sunday, June 15, 2003

-Iranian Pro-Democracy Protests Positive, Bush Says
-U.S. Ponders Pro-Democracy Farsi Web Sites for Iran
-...The city is again calm tonight & every thing is the exams of some universities have been canceled, some students are going back to their cities. There are plans of strikes in some universities for tomorrow.
Iran cracks down on vigilantes
" The Iranian authorities have arrested scores of what it describes as "thugs and ruffians" following four nights of civil unrest in the capital Tehran, state-run radio reports.
Riot police were called in to break up clashes between supporters and opponents of clerical rule near Tehran university in the early hours of Saturday morning....
Student associations have said they will continue to demonstrate until 9 July, to commemorate the violent attack by hardline groups on students four years ago."

So, I took the last exam that was geometry, although English exam is left but I feel that final exams have finished & feel free...In the morning when I was going to school everyone was talking about the recent battles, & in the Taxi a boy was talking with enthusiasm about what they had done in the demonstrations, he was explaining how they hit a Basiji who was trying to hit a girl & was happily saying that It's over & just a bit later that other places specially the south of Tehran start protesting there will be no doubt that It's the end of this he was going on & talking about these kinds of things, but at that time of morning no one else in the Taxi seemed to listen to him or even give a damn; others were too sleepy or perhaps afraid to say anything. But the boy didn't stop talking & also got a bit angry & continued:" yeah, that's finished...when we get just a bit more in number what can they do? Khameneiee??!!! (giggling) we’ll kick his ass to the wall (!!!) that p*mp, mother f*cker........" & at this moment everyone in the taxi was laughing, even the driver who seemed a bit irritable & was frowning before this…
And also in the school before exam, all girls were having political arguments instead of studying; and the exam with the support of other friends, teachers & also some small pieces of paper went good ;)…& now I really feel that Summer has begun, that's a great feeling.

Anyway, Tehran was somehow calm last night but some serious battles have started in other cities like Ahvaz & people of Azerbaijan have also some plans....& generally the support of Police has been great, actually they never do anything against people & all that violence is from Basijis & members of Allah's group, that have no special uniform but you can recognize them from the dirty appearance & their hateful bear & way of wearing...
I also heard that yesterday in one of Northern streets girls took off their veils & started chanting & policemen were even encouraging others to join them!
Mahregh; community weblog for Persians.
I have also created an account, but still haven't started writing....