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Overview Of Iran's Day Of Protest

Report Source: Radio Zamaneh

Tehran's Hayateno daily has captured the mood of the day on its front page:
"The Green Presence Of People On Quds Day"

Despite the violent crackdown on the last demonstrations of Iranian protesters only two months ago, in the grips of a fierce fear campaign of arrests, mass trials and reports of torture and rape of detainees, and in immediate earshot of constant threats and warnings by government security forces and the Revolutionary Guards, Iranian people from every walk of life adamantly took to the streets once more today to shout out their protest to the government that they believe has risen through blatant acts of vote fraud and been supported by heinous acts of torture and murder of dissidents.

From 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., the capital was witness to waves of protests in tens of thousands shouting out revised slogans in contradiction to the customary anti-Israeli slogans of Qods Day.

The Green Presence
photo by Etemad-Melli (web site is blocked)

Eyewitnesses reported to Zamaneh of hearing slogans such as "Oh, leader of the coup, this is our last message to you. The Green Movement of Iran is ready to rise," an affirmation of the continuity of the reform movement symbolized by the colour green.

"Neither Gaza, nor Lebanon. Our lives for Iran" was another chant establishing the national concerns of the protesters as the true purpose of the march.

Khatami was attacked by thugs

Opposition leaders were also lauded through chants of "long live..." to Montazeri, Karroubi, Mousavi and the incarcerated reform leader Hajjarian.

Security and police forces attacked protesters with tear gas and pepper spray to impede them from approaching the site of the Friday prayers at Tehran University where Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and hardliner Ahmad Khatami had overtaken the Qods Day speech from its customary speaker, moderate cleric, Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani.

The three top opposition leaders, Karroubi, Mousavi and Khatami were attacked according to Fars news agency in the course of the demonstrations.

Similar protests rocked other major cities such as Kermanshah, Tabriz, Isfahan, Rasht and Shiraz as well as Qom, Boushehr, Kerman, Ahvaz and Yazd, all across the country.

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