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Iran: Students Continue Protests, Condemn Insults to Khomeini as Regime Conspiracy

Photos by Amirkabir News - University Students and the opposition movement's leaders are denouncing the tearing down of Ayatollah Khomeini's photos and calling it a hoax and a suspicious act.  Furthermore, Hassan Khomeini, grandson of the founder of Islamic Republic, has denounced state TV for broadcasting the images, describing them as "distorted."

Following the brutal attack on the students on the National Students Day (Dec 7th) and in protest to the state TV for broadcasting the suspicious footage of tearing down of a picture of Imam Khomeini (during Student Day protests) and accusing the Green movement of doing that, the students of Tehran University held two protest gatherings on Saturday December 12.

The students see the move by the state TV as a ploy by Ahmadinejad camp which will be used as an excuse for harsher crack downs and attacking the leaders of Green movement (Mir-Hossein Mousavi, Mehdi Karoubi and Mohammad Khatami).

During the protests at Tehran University, the students were chanting:

  • "The chancellor of the university must resign"

  • "Khomeini where are you that Mousavi is left all alone"

  • "Death to dictator" and "Incompetent chancellor! Resign...Resign"

The students were demanding the resignation of Farhad Rahbar the chancellor of Tehran University.

The Islamic Association of Students of Tehran University has issued a statement strongly condemned broadcasting of the "suspicious" footage showing the tearing down of Imam Khomeini's picture on state-run TV (pro-Ahmadinejad) and warned that relying on desecration of Imam Khomeini's dignity to create new crisis in the society is similar to the event when the enemies of Imam Ali (Shi'as first Imam) abused the dignity of Quran by holding Qurans up in the middle of the war for their own benefit and at the end as a result a group of extremist and foolish individuals took the power over the people.

... Payvand News - 12/12/09 ... --

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