December 21, 2006

AIN'T GONNA WORK ON MAHMOUD'S FARM NO MORE:

Iran President Facing Revival of Students’ Ire (NAZILA FATHI, 12/21/06, NY Times)

[T]he significance of the confrontation was easy to grasp, even from a distance, said Mr. Zamanian, a leader of a student political group.

The student movement, which planned the 1979 seizure of the American Embassy from the same university, Amir Kabir, is reawakening from its recent slumber and may even be spearheading a widespread resistance against Mr. Ahmadinejad. This time the catalysts were academic and personal freedom.

“It is not that simple to break up a president’s speech,” said Alireza Siassirad, a former student political organizer, explaining that an event of that magnitude takes meticulous planning. “I think what happened at Amir Kabir is a very important and a dangerous sign. Students are definitely becoming active again.”

The protest, punctuated by shouts of “Death to the dictator,” was the first widely publicized outcry against Mr. Ahmadinejad, one that was reflected Friday in local elections, where voters turned out in droves to vote for his opponents.


To paraphrase the Lady, wacky isn't working.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 21, 2006 1:12 PM
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