'Iranian Nation Alive Despite Severe Repression'
By Golnaz Esfandiari,
We reported news of
sporadic clashes in Tehran on the June 12 anniversary of last year's disputed
vote that led to the reelection of President Mahmud Ahmadinejad.
Blogger Mehdi Khazali, who is the son of a conservative ayatollah and a critic
of Ahmadinejad, had made some interesting
Tehran's atmosphere on the anniversary of the vote.
He said that on June 12 Tehran looked as if it was under marshal law because of
the very heavy presence of security forces.
"The guards of the Islamic Republic are much
more modern and better equipped than the Shah's commandoes. They look like
robots in their uniforms. They don't get involved in clashes, first the
plainclothes agents start shouting and attacking and behind them come the
He added that "Tehran's marshal law" had a message for the world: "The Iranian
nation is alive despite the severe repression."
"I believe there is no need for the
opposition members to come [out into] to the streets anymore. The presence
of repressive forces has the same message! In my view the number of riot
forces has increased many folds since the time of the Shah. Thirty-six
million people were opposed to the Shah [three decades ago]. Now how about
A student in the Iranian capital who has been attending some of the protests
over the reelection of Mahmud Ahmadinejad had similar observations. He told me
in an e-mail from Tehran was in a state of siege. "It was so bad that I couldn't
take any pictures; there were Basij members and riots forces everywhere."
Iran says 91 people were
arrested as "suspects
"on the first anniversary of the disputed vote.
The "Kaleme" website, which is close to opposition leader Mir Hossein Musavi,
reported that several students were summoned to university's security organs on
June 12 and arrested, including two in Kermanshah and several in Tehran.
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