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Iran Cops Attack 1000s Of Protesters

From an annoyed (at the protesters) Agence France -Presse:

Iran police fire tear-gas as 1000s mark 1999 unrest

by Jay Deshmukh

TEHRAN (AFP) – Iranian police fired tear-gas on Thursday as thousands of demonstrators defied government warnings and staged a march to commemorate the anniversary of bloody student unrest in 1999, witnesses said.

Protesters chanted "Death to the dictator" as they gathered in the streets around Tehran University, the epicentre of the violence 10 years ago.

Police deployed reinforcements after a first volley of tear-gas failed to disperse the demonstrators, who continued to grow in number, the witnesses said. Police then fired a second volley.

Officers in riot gear had been out in force to try to stifle any gathering as the authorities remained on tenterhooks following the wave of protests over last month’s hotly disputed re-election of hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that saw hundreds of thousands take to the streets.

The authorities had warned of a harsh response to any commemoration of the 1999 violence in which at least one student was killed and dozens wounded when hardline vigilantes stormed student dormitories, according to an official toll…

Groups of students have held small commemorative gatherings in previous years, but Tehran governor Morteza Tamadon issued a blunt warning for this year’s anniversary.

"If some people make moves that are contrary to security initiatives under the influence of anti-revolutionary networks, they will be trampled under the feet of our alert people," he told the official IRNA news agency…

Democracy is still on the march all around the globe.

And Mr. Obama is doing his best to stop it.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, July 9th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “Iran Cops Attack 1000s Of Protesters”

  1. LibCynic says:

    Do you define democracy as overthrowing a foreign government based on false pretenses and misinformation without the consent of the American People? Tell me again why we invaded Iraq? Weapons of mass destruction? To bring democracy to the middle east? Some people don’t deserve democracy. The two Muslim factions in Iraq would vote to kill each other in a democratic election. That region has no sanity.

    • catie says:

      Neither do you. Here’s the deal kos kid, your hero Clinton believed it, as did Tony Blair and as it turns out old Hussein did tell whoppers that for whatever reason the CIA or MI 6 never picked up on because he wanted to “scare” Iran.
      Who said we’re sending our troops over there? No one. All these folks would like is for some verbal support. Did we send troops to Poland in the early 80’s? No, but Reagan gave encouragement along with John Paul II and Lady Thatcher. Is Poland still an appendage to Russia? No, and we didn’t send our most precious treasure (of which I was one at that time) to Poland. But I don’t expect you to figure that out. You’re so full of hate.

    • Trogdor says:

      “without the consent of the American People?” So you went to public school where they didn’t teach civics? We have representatives and senators that voted to invade Iraq and take out Hussein. Or did you forget that? And yes, everyone and their dog thought it was a good idea…now that you have liberal hindsight, you are all righteous indignation.

    • bronzeprofessor says:

      “Some people don’t deserve democracy. The two Muslim factions in Iraq would vote to kill each other in a democratic election. That region has no sanity.”

      There is a name for what this statement from LibCynic represents: Bigotry.

      Bush believed in the Muslim world’s yearning for democracy. We see it in Iran. We see the democratic impulse flowering in Iraq and Lebanon.

      Everyone deserves democracy.

      But I am glad that you wrote these sentences above, LybCynic. You revealed what is really at the heart of liberal anti-war arguments–snobbery: contempt, arrogance, racism, self-righteousness with no basis.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      BINGO, BP!!

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    If they had our 2nd Amendment ……. how many dead, dying and wounded cops do you think there would be ? Hmmmm?

  3. Dangerous says:

    Interesting note: The article refers to “hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.”

    They didn’t bother calling him conservative this time. I guess that means they’re sure either
    a) the riots and protests are under control and there’s no chance of democracy breaking out any time soon.
    b) the western public has gone back to sleep on the issue.

    I’m still talking to people about this issue. There will be democracy in Iran. The only question is when.

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