Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (R) shakes hands with student supporters while leaving the Amir Kabir University in Tehran. Iranian students have disrupted a speech by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at a prestigious Tehran university, setting fire to his picture and shouting “death to the dictator.”
Iranian students have disrupted a speech by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at a prestigious Tehran university, setting fire to his picture and heckling him.
“Some students chanted radical slogans and inflamed the atmosphere of the meeting” at the Amir Kabir University, said the semi-official Fars news agency on Monday, which is close to Ahmadinejad.
Flap wonders if the Iranian blogosphere is fueling the fire behind these Ahmadinejad protests, especially since he and his government have closed down newspapers and censured the outside country internet.
A student shouts slogans to disrupt a speech by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at Amirkabir university in Tehran December 11, 2006. Dozens of Iranian students burned pictures of President Ahmadinejad and threw firecrackers in an effort to disrupt his speech at a university on Monday, a presidential office spokesman said. It was first time the president, elected in a landslide in June 2005, had faced such open hostility at a public event.
An Iranian reformist student burns a portrait of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in sign of protest during the latter’s visit to the Amir Kabir University in Tehran.
Iranian students protest against Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad while he speaks at Amirkabir university in Tehran, December 11, 2006.
Opponents of the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and his supporters, chant, during his speech at the Amir Kabir Technical University, in Tehran, Iran.
“A small number of students shouted ‘death to the dictator’ and smashed cameras of state television but they were confronted by a bigger group of students in the hall chanting: ‘We support Ahmadinejad’,” it said.
It was the latest in a series of student demonstrations in recent days, the first time in least two years that such protests have taken place on this scale at Iranian universities.
Ahmadinejad responded by describing those students chanting the slogans as an “oppressive” minority.
“A small number of people who claim there is oppression are creating oppression and do not let the majority hear (my) words,” he said.
According to the student news agency ISNA, Ahmadinejad responded to the students’ chants of “students can die but they do not accept degradation” by lashing out at the United States.
Of course, lash out at the Great Satan. Death to America stuff plays well for the Mahdi.
And the LIES:
“Today, the worst type of dictatorship in the world is the American dictatorship which has been clothed in human rights,” he said.
“Our students are free and they fight and die but do not accept the foreigners’ missions or bend to them,” he added.
“It is my honour to burn for the sake of the nation’s ideals and defend the system,” Ahmadinejad was quoted as telling protesters who set fire his picture, ISNA said.
“Americans must know that even if Ahmadinejad’s body is burnt a thousand times for this purpose, Ahmadinejad will not retreat even a centimetre from these ideals.”
Is a reform democratic movement DEAD in Iran?
Look for more Iran government censorship and a crack down on those Iranian blogs.
An Iranian student holds an anti-president placard, reading: “Fascist President, Polytechnich is not your place”, as President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, unseen, speaks at the Amir Kabir Technical University, in Tehran, Iran.
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