December 6, 2004

SHAKEN THAT THEY STIRRED:

Students heckle Iranian president (BBC, 12/06/04)

Iranian students have interrupted a speech by President Mohammad Khatami to mark Student Day at Tehran university.

Students chanted "Shame on you" and "Where are your promised freedoms?" to express their frustration with the failure of Iran's reform movement.

A visibly-shaken Khatami defended his record and criticised the powerful hardliners who have closed newspapers and jailed dissidents.

He asked students to stop heckling and accused his critics of intolerance.

Students were once some of President Khatami's strongest supporters.


tick...tick...tick...

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 6, 2004 6:17 PM
Comments

May be my selective reading at fault here but I don't read much these days about us helping the overthrow from within. What gives on that front?

Posted by: Tom Wall at December 6, 2004 7:18 PM

Tom: One hopes that we are doing a lot behind the scenes, because it'd only help the mullahs if it were public.

Posted by: PapayaSF at December 6, 2004 9:09 PM

If the State Department had been there, they'd have told those students to pipe down.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at December 6, 2004 9:19 PM

Khameini and his crowd don't appear in public, but if they are ever heckled (or pelted), then the clock really will be ticking.

Posted by: jim hamlen at December 6, 2004 11:17 PM

Iranians will have to do it themselves. If our CIA ever were to get involved, the Mullahs would be running 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue with 6 weeks.

Posted by: Bart at December 7, 2004 6:43 AM
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