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Iranian Alert -- March 16, 2004 [EST]-- IRAN LIVE THREAD -- Americans for Regime Change in Iran
The Iranian Student Movement Up To The Minute Reports ^ | 3.16.2004 | DoctorZin

Posted on 03/15/2004 9:00:40 PM PST by DoctorZIn

Important Announcement!!!!

Many anticipate next 12+ hours will prove highly significant in Iran (It is morning now in Iran).

March 16th is Chehar Shanbeh Suri in Iran. It is an ancient Zoroastrian holiday that is banned by the Islamic regime. Most anti regime events have taken place on major holidays such as this.

I am hearing that the situation is going to heat up significantly.

I will try to keep you informed.



The US media almost entirely ignores news regarding the Islamic Republic of Iran. As Tony Snow of the Fox News Network has put it, “this is probably the most under-reported news story of the year.” But most American’s are unaware that the Islamic Republic of Iran is NOT supported by the masses of Iranians today. Modern Iranians are among the most pro-American in the Middle East.

There is a popular revolt against the Iranian regime brewing in Iran today. Starting June 10th of this year, Iranians have begun taking to the streets to express their desire for a regime change. Most want to replace the regime with a secular democracy. Many even want the US to over throw their government.

The regime is working hard to keep the news about the protest movement in Iran from being reported. Unfortunately, the regime has successfully prohibited western news reporters from covering the demonstrations. The voices of discontent within Iran are sometime murdered, more often imprisoned. Still the people continue to take to the streets to demonstrate against the regime.

In support of this revolt, Iranians in America have been broadcasting news stories by satellite into Iran. This 21st century news link has greatly encouraged these protests. The regime has been attempting to jam the signals, and locate the satellite dishes. Still the people violate the law and listen to these broadcasts. Iranians also use the Internet and the regime attempts to block their access to news against the regime. In spite of this, many Iranians inside of Iran read these posts daily to keep informed of the events in their own country.

This daily thread contains nearly all of the English news reports on Iran. It is thorough. If you follow this thread you will witness, I believe, the transformation of a nation. This daily thread provides a central place where those interested in the events in Iran can find the best news and commentary. The news stories and commentary will from time to time include material from the regime itself. But if you read the post you will discover for yourself, the real story of what is occurring in Iran and its effects on the war on terror.

I am not of Iranian heritage. I am an American committed to supporting the efforts of those in Iran seeking to replace their government with a secular democracy. I am in contact with leaders of the Iranian community here in the United States and in Iran itself.

If you read the daily posts you will gain a better understanding of the US war on terrorism, the Middle East and why we need to support a change of regime in Iran. Feel free to ask your questions and post news stories you discover in the weeks to come.

If all goes well Iran will be free soon and I am convinced become a major ally in the war on terrorism. The regime will fall. Iran will be free. It is just a matter of time.


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: iaea; iran; iranianalert; iranquake; protests; southasia; studentmovement; studentprotest
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To: dfwgator
51 posted on 03/16/2004 3:35:22 PM PST by TomB
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To: dfwgator
The web cam images are supposed to change every two minutes. I've been on for about ten, logging off and back on, and the images have not changed. Probably nothing, but I thought I'd mention it.
52 posted on 03/16/2004 3:41:13 PM PST by RobRoy (Science is about "how." Christianity is about "why.")
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To: RobRoy
I just noticed the same thing...hmmmmm!
53 posted on 03/16/2004 3:47:06 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: DoctorZIn
Iranians Celebrate an Ancient Festival

March 16, 2004

TEHRAN, Iran -- Iranians danced in the street, threw firecrackers and jumped over bonfires Tuesday night as authorities openly tolerated an ancient fire festival for the first time in 25 years.

Halted each year since the 1979 Islamic revolution because hardliners considered it un-Islamic, the Chaharshanbeh Suri, or Red Wednesday, festival was officially recognized in Tehran where the city council set aside dozens of parks for people to enjoy the boisterous celebrations.

Tens of thousands packed the streets of the capital hurling firecrackers into the air to mark the eve of the last Wednesday of the Iranian calendar year.

The festival dates back centuries to pre-Islamic times and is thought to be derived from Zoroastrian traditions which accord special properties to fire.

The Iranian New Year, which falls on March 20 this year, coincides with the spring equinox. Unlike previous years, when riot police blocked off streets and hardline Islamic vigilantes beat and arrested many trying to enjoy the festivities, security forces were virtually absent.

Old and young reveled in the new-found freedom.

"They wanted to try to stop this tradition but it will never die," said businessman Mahmoud Afshar, as his young children and neighbors leaped over a small bonfire in western Tehran.

"I think they realize now that every limitation they try to put on society has a negative effect," he said, adding that he and his family had been harassed by police when trying to mark the festival in previous years.

In an act meant to exorcise evil spirits and bring good luck for the coming year, people light small bonfires and jump over the flames shouting: "Give me your beautiful red color and take back my sickly pallor!."

Special noodle soups are prepared and shared among friends and neighbors. Passers-by are handed nuts and dried fruits.

The decision by Tehran City Council -- which religious hardliners won control of in elections last year -- to officially recognize the festival surprised many.

A council official, who declined to be named, explained: "Some are opposed to celebrating Chaharshanbeh Suri on religious grounds but it's a deep-rooted tradition and no-one can deny it. So we decided the best way was to designate some places to celebrate it."

Some clerics were appalled by the decision.

"The superstitious ceremony of Chaharshanbeh Suri is incompatible with the dignity and understanding of the Muslim Iranian nation," Grand Ayatollah Lotfollah Safi Golpaygani said in a statement this week.

"Muslims should remain vigilant and...understand the enemy's goal in reviving this dead and obsolete tradition."

The evening festivities are also an opportunity for young Iranians to meet and flirt in a country where mixing in public between unrelated members of the opposite sex is outlawed.

In one street in western Tehran youngsters danced by blazing bonfires as loud music blared from houses and passing cars.

Some felt the sudden official acceptance of the festival was a ploy by the country's rulers after hardliners won parliamentary elections last month. Reformists, who favor greater political and social freedoms, say the poll was rigged.

"They want to distract the young so they don't have anything to do with politics," said Mahran Izadi, 28, who had stuffed cotton wool in his ears to dull the noise of constant firecracker explosions.
54 posted on 03/16/2004 4:07:23 PM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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To: DoctorZIn
This just in from inside of Iran...(unconfirmed)

I have told that the people of Gorgan have taken over most of the city. Reportedly the people were demonstrating/celebrating and the law enforcement forces began beating people. In the process they killed a 6 month old child and as a result the people took over the law enforcement offices, beat the security forces.

I also am told that hundreds of people have been arrested in Mashad.
55 posted on 03/16/2004 4:45:56 PM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Tens of militiamen injured due to popular resistance

SMCCDI (Information Service)
Mar 16, 2004

Tens of the usually feared Islamic regime's militiamen have been injured in the violent clashes which rocked, this evening, most Iranian cities at the occasion of the the popular celebration of the banned "Tchahr Shanbe Soori" (Fire Fiest). Unconfirmed reports are stating about the death of several militiamen in Tehran's Guisha district, Nasr avenue, and in provincial cities, such as, Khoram Abad and Bushehr where Militia's Colonel Ghassem Mattaf has been shot to death.

Tens of militiamen were wounded due to heavy burns inflicted by young Iranians who used of powerful hand made grenades and Molotv Coktails in order to break the security forces' brutal assaults.

Clashes were extremly violent especially in several areas of Tehran, such as, Eslam-Shahr, Guisha, Madar, Vali e Asr, Narmak, Rey, Sadeghieh, Karadj and as well in provincial cities, such as, Esfahan and Bushehr. Angry demonstrators used of heavy explosive devices and even guns confiscated from plainclothes men in order to resist to the regime forces and even to take revenge.

Tens of security patrol cars or bikes as well as official buildings and homes and facilities affiliated to the regime's men have been damaged by fire or explosion.

Thousands of pictures of the regime's founder, Rooh-Ollah Khomeini, and the current officials were burned by the various crowd in each city.
56 posted on 03/16/2004 4:51:24 PM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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To: Pan_Yans Wife; fat city; freedom44; Tamsey; Grampa Dave; PhiKapMom; McGavin999; Hinoki Cypress; ...
Tens of militiamen injured due to popular resistance

SMCCDI (Information Service)
Mar 16, 2004
57 posted on 03/16/2004 4:52:26 PM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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To: DoctorZIn
Looks like this is the start of it. I only hope these guys are going to be safe. I certainly hope it's a LOT of people because the more people the safer they will all be.
58 posted on 03/16/2004 5:55:17 PM PST by McGavin999 (Evil thrives when good men do nothing!)
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To: DoctorZIn
Uh....little bit of difference between the Reuters report and the students report. One sounds like a scheduled festival day and the other sounds like the start of someting a little more serious. What's really happening?
59 posted on 03/16/2004 6:01:01 PM PST by McGavin999 (Evil thrives when good men do nothing!)
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To: F14 Pilot

Snake's Head: The head of a snake is place on the New Year table to mean freedom from fear, torture and oppression.

After all, when the snake loses his head, he's what you call "fully Ceaucescued".

60 posted on 03/16/2004 6:04:27 PM PST by PhilDragoo (Hitlery: das Butch von Buchenvald)
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To: DoctorZIn
What if all doesn't go well? You need all folks on-board.....

61 posted on 03/16/2004 6:04:45 PM PST by The Raven
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To: DoctorZIn

TEHRAN, March 16 (AFP) -- Tehran's conservative authorities have officially allowed the city's youth to celebrate the annual "pagan" fire festival, breaking a hard line going back years but at the same time ensuring better control.

"The Municipality has decided to make 40 city squares available for the celebrations," deputy mayor Mohammad Javad Mohammadizadeh, a member of the conservative council elected in February last year, was quoted Tuesday as saying.

"Firefighters will be fully mobilised and deployed in those squares to avoid any incidents," he added.

For centuries Iranians have jumped over bonfires to purify themselves and chase away evil spirits on the last Tuesday night before the New Year celebrations at around the spring equinox.

The rite marking the end of winter and including the setting off of fireworks dates back to pre-Islamic Zoroastrian times and Muslim clerics have tried in vain to prevent it each year.

But they are confronted by an expanding young generation eager for amusement and opportunities for meeting each other, and the Islamic republic's authorities have ended up tolerating the practice.

Even so, every year sees arrests and clashes with police out on the streets in force, as the celebrants compete with each other in the manufacture of bigger and louder fireworks.

These mini-bombs include gas canisters which are blown up at crossroads.

Last year, according to press reports, 28 people, mainly teenagers, were injured and around 100 arrested.

However Tehran police this year also took a conciliatory tone.

"We have nothing against celebrations and merry-making," police chief Morteza Talaie was quoted as saying, "as long as the limits are not exceeded."

Police have been told not to prevent the sale of fireworks as long as they are not dangerous.

The official attitude to the festival known as "chaharshanbeh suri" is in line with the image of pragmatism coupled with proper respect for Islamic values that the new conservative authorities have tried to foster since taking over from a reformist municipality that collapsed amid infighting.

This policy is also being pushed by conservatives who took control of parliament in controversial elections last month after hundreds of reformist candidates were disqualified by a conservative watchdog body.

But some hardliners are not happy.

Conservative cleric Ayatollah Safi Gholpayegani condemned the fire festival as "unworthy of the Iranian Muslim people".

"Those who take part are ignoramuses," he was quoted as saying in the press, accusing "pseudo-intellectuals, liberal journalists and foreign propaganda organs" of supporting the event in order to harm Islamic culture.

The ayatollah stormed at "attempts to make this feast official", particularly as this year it falls during the Shiite mourning month and coincides with Wednesday's commemoration of the martyrdom of Zeinolabedin, one of the 12 imams revered by Shiites.

Calling on his "brothers and sisters in belief", the ayatollah said, "Muslims and Shiites expect you to remember the martyrdom of this distinguished man, indicate your hatred for obscurantist culture and take part in magnificent ceremonies to destroy our enemies."

62 posted on 03/16/2004 6:04:57 PM PST by Eurotwit
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To: McGavin999
It is an ancient festival. The Islamic regime hates these festivals because they are not Islamic and they come at a time when the faithful are supposed to be in mourning.

But the people are celebrating because they know that other will join them and in so doing show the regime that they are hate the Islamic Republic.

So the events are just an excuse, but a popular one.

Remember, Iran is not an Arab country but Persian with a proud history. The Persians have fought the Arabs for centuries and feel anger at the Arab presence in their country.

The Islamic Republic is now so unpopular that the regime has brought in Arabs to serve as governors, judges, and security forces. Overwhelmingly the people hate them.
63 posted on 03/16/2004 6:08:46 PM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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To: DoctorZIn; F14 Pilot; freedom44; nuconvert; Grampa Dave; BOBTHENAILER; Cincinatus' Wife; ...
Young freedom lovers are using various occasion in order to throw the big home made fire crackers under the errant security forces cars and motorbikes that are trying to reach their posts.


64 posted on 03/16/2004 6:25:23 PM PST by PhilDragoo (Hitlery: das Butch von Buchenvald)
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To: freedom44
That's not very politically correct. I'm surprised the NAACP hasn't sued Iran.
65 posted on 03/16/2004 6:33:01 PM PST by DallasMike
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To: All

66 posted on 03/16/2004 6:52:48 PM PST by nuconvert (CAUTION: I'm an acquaintance of someone labelled "an obstinate supporter of dangerous fantasies")
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To: DallasMike
That's not very politically correct. I'm surprised the NAACP hasn't sued Iran.

I hope the tree hugging fascist "Ferret" is reading this!?!
67 posted on 03/16/2004 7:25:40 PM PST by danamco
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To: DoctorZIn

68 posted on 03/16/2004 7:25:55 PM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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69 posted on 03/16/2004 7:28:52 PM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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To: DoctorZIn
This thread is now closed.

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70 posted on 03/16/2004 9:02:46 PM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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To: DoctorZIn
if there is some kind of ping list for updates, please add me to it.
71 posted on 03/16/2004 9:05:02 PM PST by King Prout (You may disagree with what I have to say... but I will defend to YOUR death MY right to say it.)
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