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Iranian Alert -- July 8, 2004 [EST]-- IRAN LIVE THREAD -- "Americans for Regime Change in Iran"
The Iranian Student Movement Up To The Minute Reports ^ | 7.8.2004 | DoctorZin

Posted on 07/08/2004 2:46:43 AM PDT by DoctorZIn

The US media still largley 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.” 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. I began these daily threads June 10th 2003. On that date Iranians once again began taking to the streets to express their desire for a regime change. Today in Iran, most want to replace the regime with a secular democracy.

We are now just a few days away from the anticipated July 9th demonstrations.

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.


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To: DoctorZIn
See also THIS thread - about Doctor ZIn's appearance last night on Iranian TV:

DoctorZin (Freeper) Will Be Interviewed Live in 20 Minutes (Iran (LA) Satellite Television) ^ | July 7, 2004 |
Posted on 07/07/2004 8:42:57 PM PDT by faludeh_shirazi

Freeper to be interviewed live on Iranian Satellite Telvision - WATCH LIVE TONIGHT/15 - 20 minutes

DoctorZin will be interviewed live on XTV probably within next 20 minutes around midnight EST (9 Pacific) time.

Live streams can be watched via these two links:

This should be great!!!!

Support the movement

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Great, I just got here.

I'll check in tomorrow to see the archives.

It appears that today's interview with Doctor ZIn would probably be archived HERE - soon:
CLICK HERE for the rest of that thread

21 posted on 07/08/2004 4:31:32 AM PDT by RonDog
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To: DoctorZIn
See also, from

Join The Iranian / Persian Universal March For Freedom

Please join us in our struggle to eradicate the major source and the supporter of World Wide Terrorism. This march is a Universal condemnation of the criminal Islamic regime of mullahs in Iran and a call for secularism, democracy, freedom and referendum in Iran.

The Iranian student activist shown in the picture above is Ahmad Batebi who is still in an Iranian prison for his 1999 protest for democracy.

Schedule of Demonstrations Against The Mafia Islamist Regime of Iran in Europe, U.S. and Canada July 8, 2004, (18 Tir, Persian Calendar).


Washington, D.C.
Place: The Western Side of the Capitol Building
Time: Thursday, July 8, 2004 from 11 a.m.
Organized by The Committee for Tir 18 Demonstrations

Los Angeles
Place: The Federal Building at 11000 Wilshire Blvd. (Westwood area)
Time: Wednesday, July 7, 2004, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Organized by The Committee for Tir 18 Demonstrations

San Jose
Place: Corner of University Ave. & Emerson in Palo Alto
Time: Wednesday, July 7, 2004, from 7 to 9 p.m.
Organized by: Iranian Association for Democracy (IAD)

Place: In Front of Arden Mall
Time: July 4th at 7:00 PM
Organized - by Hormoz 916-213-6944


Toronto, July 8, (18 Tir) Thursday from 6 PM to 9 PM Mel Lastman Square, (hear of North York, north of Toronto) come out and commemorate this event. There will be speaker from Amnesty International, Member of Parliament of Canada, live music, by Sattar, and special speaker, Parviz Sayyad‚


Place: In Front Of Iran Embassy Occupied by Mullahs
Date & Time: Saturday, July 03, 2004 - from 13 to 15
Organized by Freedom-loving Iranian People

Place: Halle Platz Konik Strasse
Time: Saturday, July 10, 2004 - from 3 to 5 p.m.
Organized by The Constitutional Party of Iran

Place: from Banhoff toward the City Court
Time: Saturday, July 10, 2004, from 2 p.m.
Organized by the Constitutional Party of Iran, Kassel, Monster and Furzin divisions

Place: Bismark Platz (town center)
Time: Saturday, July 10, 2004 - from 3 to 5 p.m.
Organized by The Constitutional Party of Iran

Place: The Western side of the Central Train Station (Hopt Banhoff)
Time: Thursday, July 8, 2004 - at 12:00 noon
Organized by: The Constitutional Party of Iran, The Iranian Women‚ Cultural Center, Khashm Organization, The Political-Cultural Center for Free Iranians in Hamburg

Place: Stachus square
Time: Thursday, July 8, 2004, from 5 to 6 p.m.
Organized by: The Constitutional Party of Iran, Iran‚ Freedom Forces, Iranian Freedom Movement, Munich‚ democrats.


Place: In front of the Occupied Iranian Embassy (in Kensington)
Time: Thursday, July 8, 2004, from 12 noon to 4 p.m.
Organized by: The Constitutional Party of Iran, and The National Unity Front of Iran


Place: In front of the City Hall (Mayor‚ office)
Time: Thursday, July 8, 2004, from 4 to 6 p.m.
Organized by The Constitutional Party of Iran


Place: The Center of City of Stockholm, Sergels Torg
Time: Thursday, July 8, 2004, from 4 to 7 p.m.
Organized by: The Constitutional Party of Iran, and Sweden‚ Liberals


Den Haag
Place: In front of the Parliament of The Netherlands
Time: Thursday, July 8th, 2004 - from 1 p.m.
Organized by: The Democratic Front

Den Haag
Place: In front of the Parliament of The Netherlands
Time: Thursday, July 8th, 2004 - from 1 p.m.
Organized by: The Democratic Front


Place: In front of the Iran Embassy, IENA Square, Paris
Time: Thursday, July 8th, 2004 - from 7 P.M. to 9 P.M.
Organized by:


Place: In front of the Norway Parlimanet
Time: Saturday, July 3th, 2004 - from 2 P.M.
Organized by: Independent


Place: In front of the European Council Building in Shoeman Square
Time: Wednesday, July 7th, 2004 - from 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.
Organized by: Independent

Learn More About 18 Tir

22 posted on 07/08/2004 4:43:06 AM PDT by RonDog
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To: RonDog

You're up early.........Thanx for all your posts. :~ )

23 posted on 07/08/2004 4:47:30 AM PDT by nuconvert ( "Let Freedom Reign !" ) ( Azadi baraye Iran)
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DoctorZIn, can you please put me on your Ping list if possible,
Thank you,
A Free French who supports a Free Iran

24 posted on 07/08/2004 4:52:50 AM PDT by thierrya
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To: RonDog
And, from

July 8, - Or, 18 Tir, Persian Calendar

Movement Against The Dictatorial Criminal Islamic Republic of Iran

The 18th of Tir (July 8th) is an eternal epic poem of the freedom-fighters' brave and righteous movement against the tyrannical Islamic regime.

Nearly four years have passed since the painful and horrifying attack of the Islamic authorities against innocent freedom-demanding students. This attack was seen as so brutal and so violent that it brought back painful memories of the Mongolian invasion of Iran.

The 18th of Tir is seen as a remembrance of those, like Ezzat Ebrahim-Nejad, who in the path of freedom have regretfully lost their lives.

The National Union of Iranian Students and Graduates (NUISG), who have suffered the most, were subjected to brutal and inhuman torture by the hands of the dictatorial Islamic regime.

The murderous Islamic authorities addressed physical pain and torture to Manoochehr Mohammadi and Gholamreza Mohajeri Nejad, two prominent student leaders, in their evil attempt to acquire false confessions to be televised. Such deceiving acts by the Islamic authorities are considered an honor from their devilish perspective.

Akbar Mohammadi, a strong student fighter who was subjected to insurmountable torture, remained strong and showed defying resistance against his torturers.

Faranak Tavasoli and Ata Moradi, two committed members of the NUISG, were subjected to various torture methods.

Faramarz Tavasoli, a young 8-year-old child, was subjected to imprisonment due to his support and cooperation with the NUISG in the 18th of Tir.

Somayeh Amini, Reyhaneh Hashemi, Roozbeh Sadrara, Peyman Piran, Mehdi Mesbah, Ayoob Lorestani, Mohammad Sarami, Hossein Taghi Zadeh, Mostafa Kazemi, Parviz Reza Zadeh, Alireza Babayee, Bahman Heidari, Babak Kazemi, Majid Rostamian, Farhad Rasayee, ... were just a few of hundreds of members of NUISG imprisoned in the horrific Islamic prison cells and subjected to violent torture. And with the upcoming 4th anniversary of this painful event, the leader of NUISG, Manoochehr Mohammadi, remains captive alongside fellow colleagues such as: Mehrdad Lohrasbi, Ahmad Batebi, Akbar Mohammadi, Abbas Deldar, Javid Tehrani, ... as these innocent students were invaded in their dorms by vicious Islamic authorities and their murderous ambition of suppressing, beating, torturing and killing the peaceful secular opposition.

Fellow freedom-fighters such as Mostafa Piran, Vajih Behnam, Koroush Sahati, Ali Afshari, Amir Abbas Fakhravar, Mehdi Sanjari, Reza Mehregan, Sadernia, Bayat, Shaghaghi, Beygpour, Majidi, Ghadernia, Abbasgholi Nejad, Zamani, Tabasi, Tahmasbi and Sharifi are currently imprisoned along with other well-known figures such as: Abbas Amir Entezam, Nasser Zarafshan, Siamak Pourzand, Bani Amerian, Farahi Shandiz, Kamaliha, Malmirban, Bakhtiari, Ezzati, Sistani, Sabet, Momeni, Masouri, Kongdare, Shariat Panahi, Khavari, Bayemani, Alipour, Malak, Kalbi, Mahmoodnia, Mahmoodi, Amini, Ameli, ......

The National Union of Iranian Students and Graduates, which was the first secular student body after the 1979 revolution and stands independent from all groups and organizations, in remembrance to the 18th of Tir requests from all active Iranians and freedom-fighters to take the streets, universities and main squares nationwide from 7pm evening on this upcoming 18th of Tir (July 9th) in opposition to the inhuman and tyrannical Islamic regime. On this day, we will stand united in full force chanting slogans such as "Zendani Siasi Azad Bayad Gardad!" (Political Prisoners Must Be Freed!), "Daneshjooye Zendani Azad Bayad Gardad!" (Student Prisoners Must Be Freed!), "Refrandum Refrandum, In Ast Shoare Mardom!" (Referendum Referendum, This Is The People's Slogan!), while holding banners reading "Islamic Republic? NO!"

Furthermore by chanting slogans from the first 18th of Tir, such as "Diktatore Pinoshe, Iran Shili Nemishe!" (Tyrant Pinochet, Iran Will Not Become Chile!), "Seyyed Ali Haya Kon, Saltanat Ra Rahaa Kon!" (Seyyed Ali [Khamanei] Resign, Let Go Of Monarchy!), "Ansar Jenayat Mikonad, Rahbar Hemayat Mikonad" (Ansar [Hezbollah] Does Crime, The Leader Supports This), "Hokomate Zoor Nemikhahim, Akhonde Mozdoor Nemikhahim" (We Don't Want A Dictatorial Rule, We Don't Want A Money-earning Cleric), "Toop Tank Bassiji, Digar Asar Nadarad" (Guns Tanks Bassijs, No Longer Have Effect), "Hokomate Akhoondi, Bar Kenar Bar Kenar" (Clerical Rule, Move Aside Move Aside), "Daneshjooye Mobarez, Rahat Edame Dad" (Student Fighter, Continue Your Path), ... we will show the world that the Islamic Republic, in any form or manner, stands as an inhuman reactionary militia.

For as long as the Islamic criminal militia is in rule, the people's movement will grow stronger and more defiant for the rescue of Iran and Iranians.

National Union of Iranian Students and Graduates

In Correlation With:
Students and Freethinkers of Iran
Students' Committee for the Defense of Political Prisoners
Teachers and Mentors of Iran
Alliance of Iranian Students -

Greetings Compatriots

The anniversary of the July 9th national uprising is near. The uprising was doubtlessly an event that not only caused the night worshipping manipulators of religion ruling our country to tremble but it also revealed the democracy seeking struggles of the third generation.

Indeed, the worshippers of the night carried out an assault on the university. They attacked, murdered, set fires, and left, but the doves of freedom remain incarcerated. Doves such as Manoochehr Mohammadi, Abbas Deldar, Akbar Mohammadi, Ahmad Batebi, Mehrdad Lohrasbi, Javid Tehrani, Mostafa Piran, Ali Afshari, Koroush Sahti, Abbas Fakhravar, Mehdi Sanjari, Abbas Amir Entezam, Nasser Zerafshan have been held as political prisoners and Ezat Ebrahimnejad lost his life in the struggle for freedom. But the aggressors do not know that these events have ignited a fire in the hearts of Iranian youth that will blaze on until the enemies of Iran and Iranians have been reduced to ashes.

It is up to us to gather in great numbers during the anniversary of the national uprising so that we make apparent our support for our youth and the doves of freedom during this sensitive time in our national history.

The students and youth of Iran have extended a hand to you compatriots for support.

The gathering of the student movement will take place on Wednesday, July 7, 2004, from 5 to 8 p.m. at four in the afternoon in front of the Federal Building at 11000 Wilshire Blvd. (Westwood area) in Los Angeles.

On that day together we will call for the release of all political prisoners. We will shout “No to an Islamic Republic” and we will tell the world that “We want a referendum”.

Looking forward to seeing all of you beloved compatriots,
Gholamreza Mohajerinejhad
Alliance of Iranian Students
Organizing Committee for July 9th Gathering
Wednesday, July 7, 2004, from 5 to 8 p.m.

P.O. Box 664, Reseda, CA 91337

For your convenience, the Federal Building Parking lot will be open on the demonstration day.

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25 posted on 07/08/2004 4:57:20 AM PDT by RonDog
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To: nuconvert
Good morning!
Doctor ZIn did all the heavy lifting. :o)
I'm just spreading the word a bit - here on FR.

26 posted on 07/08/2004 5:12:02 AM PDT by RonDog
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To: RonDog

Did this rally get any coverage in Calif news?

27 posted on 07/08/2004 5:14:28 AM PDT by nuconvert ( "Let Freedom Reign !" ) ( Azadi baraye Iran)
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To: DoctorZIn

DoctorZIn, can you please put me on your Ping list if possible,
Thank you,
A Free French who supports a Free Iran

28 posted on 07/08/2004 5:14:57 AM PDT by thierrya
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To: DoctorZIn
Today Iran is looking for brave leaders and heroes.

Last night I met a gentleman who was part of coop attempt against Khomeini. He was imprisioned for 7 years. His commander is an inspirational leader.

If he had been successful the middle east would be radically different than it is today.

Check out this story...

Flight of the Eagles

Article By
Cyrus Kadivar

In July 1980 a group of Iranian officers, mostly drawn from the air force, made what became a disastrous attempt at staging a coup d’etat.

The plotters had organized themselves in a secret group called Neqab (“the Mask”) and were led by two officers known for their courage and dedication: Major General Reza Mehdiyoun and Brigadier General Ayat Mohagheghi from the air force..

Brigadier General Ayat Mohagheghi

The plan envisaged for a commando unit to seize control of the Shahrokhi air base in Hamadan (west of Tehran), enabling the group to capture eighteen F4 fighters stationed there. Some of the fighters would then be flown over Tehran, less than six minutes’ time away, to bomb Rouhollah Khomeini’s residence in the hope of killing the ayatollah.

This dramatic act, the plotters hoped, would be the signal to other units positioned in the capital to seize the radio and television stations and to arrest the leading mullahs and their associates. The next move would consist of a demonstration on central Tehran by thousands of tough guys from the southern districts of the capital.

The “Mask” plot was quickly discovered and stopped before it could get off the ground. More than 300 people were arrested and some 80 of them were later executed on Khomeini’s orders. The executions were followed by a fresh purge of the armed forces, weakening them even further only weeks before Iraq invaded Iran in September 1980

Before his trial, General Ayat Mohagheghi was beaten and interrogated and later brought on television where he was questioned by Hojatoleslam Reyshahri about his role in the coup attempt.

Despite his shabby appearance he appeared calm and defiant as he sat in a white short-sleeve summer shirt alongside four other defendants. Clearly there was no doubt in his mind as to what awaited him at the end but he was determined not to disgrace himself.

“My decision to participate in the plot stemmed from my disillusionment in the face of what was happening to my family and country,” he said.

Although many of the details of the plot are shrouded in mystery a videotape of General Mohagheghi’s television confession was smuggled out and distributed by Iranian exiles in Europe, Canada and the USA.

What follows is based on this videotape and whilst not the full story it remains to date a modest attempt to reconstruct events leading to the July Plot.

Sometime in April 1980 General Ayat Mohagheghi, a former ace pilot and Air Force Commander under the Shah who had been kept on in his post after the Islamic revolution, was approached by Lt Nasser Rokni. “I want to talk to you about our country,” Rokni had said.

Mohagheghi suggested that they meet at his house in Tehran where they could speak more freely. The two men had known each other and they discussed the lamentable state of the country and armed forces.

Both officers agreed that something had to be done to change things and so Rokni gradually revealed that “certain forces” were busy creating a network. “You can join us or not join us,” he told the sceptical Mohagheghi. “Either way the decision is yours to take.”

It took Mohagheghi several days before agreeing to join the conspirators. At a secret meeting held at Rokni’s house Mohagheghi discovered that his old friend General Mehdiyoun had also been drawn into the ‘Mask’ network which consisted of a military and a civilian branch.

Also present at the meeting was a mysterious businessman known by the alias “Ghorban” who was to provide economic support for the operations with funds sent by “patriotic exiled groups outside Iran.” During their meetings, often interrupted by an old maid bringing tea, the men discussed the possibilities of staging a coup and the risks involved.

Politically, the conspirators favoured the restoration of the exiled Shapour Bakhtiar, the Shah’s last prime minister and the leader of the Paris-based National Resistance Movement of Iran. There were even hints that the exiled Shah had met with Rokni and received his blessing. As improbable as that may sound it was good for morale.

Organisation was always a great problem for the conspirators as it was always a concern that the agents of the Islamic republic were watching to neutralise any counterrevolutionary plots and every week news of fresh executions – most of them in public – appeared in the press and media. Some of the meetings took place at the luxury Arya-Sheraton Hotel on the former Pahlavi Boulevard.

In hindsight the plan appears rather amateurish and even Mohagheghi admitted that there was nothing on paper. One day Rokni told him that his team planned to capture Tehran’s Mehrabad International Airport and launch the operation from there.

Mohagheghi, a professional and charismatic officer with the looks of a film idol, dismissed the idea as impractical because the area around the airport was too crowded and many innocent people could get killed. Besides the airport was heavily guarded by revolutionary guards.

Instead Mohagheghi proposed another plan that included seizing an isolated air base in Hamadan. Under the Shah he had served as the Air Force Commander of Shahrokhi air base and responsible for training many of Iran’s top tactical fighter pilots. After the revolution he had been briefly detained and later reinstated in his post because of his exceptional abilities by President Bani Sadr.

After several more meetings the conspirators approved the plan and declared that as the senior officer in the group, Mohagheghi was to lead the supersonic air raids against key targets in Tehran. His unique position and familiarity with the air base made him indispensable to the success of the operation. In the days that followed, Mohagheghi continued to report to his command post at Shahrokhi and formulating a number of operations that were to take place.

Energy, resourcefulness, determination, eloquence, charisma, an irresistible magnetic charm – all the qualities Mohagheghi had previously employed in his pre-revolutionary tasks were now directed towards conspiracy. It was a dauntingly arduous and complex undertaking. Tirelessly and with cavalier insoucience, he drew up a plan.

Among the key targets chosen to be struck by Fighter jets dispatched from Shahrokhi were Khomeini’s house in Jamaran, the Presidential Palace, the runways at Mehrabad Airport and several key bridges and road intersections to create confusion. Every precaution would be taken to keep the loss of innocent lives at a mimimum.

After three months the conspirators went into action but from the beginning everything that could go wrong did. On Wednesday, 9th July 1980, General Mohagheghi and twenty other Neqab members left their houses in the early dusk hours and headed for the rendezvous point on Elizabeth Boulevard where a bus was to pick them up.

It was around 7:30p.m. when most of the conspirators gathered together. But the bus was late. At about 8pm. a jeep filled with armed revolutionary Pasdars suddenly appeared on the street causing the group to panic and run. It wasn’t until later that Mohagheghi and five fellow conspirators managed to get on the bus.

It was 10:30p.m when the bus left Tehran for the Hamadan highway towards the Shahrokhi air base. Inside the bus the eight occupants had changed into air force uniforms and badly demoralised by the news of the arrest of one of their team members.

Once in Hamadan the bus made its way to the Shahrokhi air base where the conspirators had been told to await the green light before entering. From his window Mohagheghi noticed that the base was heavily guarded by revolutionary troops and vehicles were being searched. “Let’s turn back,” Mohageghi told his men but the driver, a certain Nemati, insisted on going as far as the gas station. The much-awaited green light never came and the conspirators were forced to turn back and drove non-stop to Tehran.

It was dawn when they reached the capital. Rokni and Mohagheghi agreed to rendezvous later in the day near the Modaress freeway. But when Mohagheghi arrived there at 10a.m. he did not see Rokni. Anxiously General Mohagheghi returned to his apartment.

“I must see you,” Mohagheghi told General Mehdiyoun. Several minutes later a car appeared in front of a public telephone booth and Mohagheghi got in. The two generals shook hands and went for a forty-five minutes drive. This was their fourth meeting since being introduced at Rokni’s house and as they struggled through the heavy Tehran traffic Mohagheghi told his fellow conspirator everything.

The two generals had known each other for twenty-eight years but since joining the conspiracy had kept a low profile in case they were being watched.

Beads of sweat trickled down their faces on that hot July morning as they negotiated the streets. By now neither of them was prepared to rule out the possibility that someone had leaked their plans.

There was now a real danger that the regime’s security forces would begin to hunt down their members. They could only hope that their fears were unjustified. When they parted it was with the understanding that they would not see or phone each other until further orders.

Throughout the planning stages every precaution had been taken to limit direct contact between the various groups especially the pilots that were to carry out the strategic bombing raids. Even Mohagheghi was unaware of their names and his closest collaborators did not exceed five names. Within two days the entire plot had failed and many of the leading conspirators with the exception of the mysterious businessman who escaped Iran were arrested.

Shortly after midnight on 20th July 1980 General Mohagheghi was marched out of his cell along with four other officers and taken to the stone courtyard in Evin Prison. When he faced the bullets it was not with the disappointment, still less the despair, of a thwarted man.

From one point of view, the events of 9th July 1980 and the circumstances surrounding them offer just another story of 20th century political conspiracy, and a failed conspiracy at that. It may have been well-intentioned, even noble and exalted, but it was also bungled.

Some would argue that it did not significantly alter the course of events, and may seem no more than a footnote to history. And yet even in failure, there can be no doubt of General Mohagheghi’s heroism.

He belonged to a small group of people who against terrible odds and in appalling circumstances kept the spirit of Iranian honour alive, and with it the elusive spirit of humanity. He deserves to be remembered.

Others will dispute that his execution was an honourable death and certainly not the story of a failure. In the footnote of human history General Ayat Mohagheghi ranks alongside others who like the anti-Nazi hero Claus Stauffenberg felt that resisting an evil regime was not a political move but a moral and spiritual necessity. At best he and all those men and women who perished after him stand as an atonement for all the horrible crimes committed under the Islamic republic.

29 posted on 07/08/2004 10:03:00 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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DoctorZin Note:

I appears much internet communication between Iran and the rest of the world is being interrupted.

There is little news available at the moment. I expect we will hear more in the coming hours.

It is just getting dark in Iran. I have heard that the security forces and plain clothes personnel are out in force.

Still traffic in the city of Tehran is heavy (this is a common way to organize in the city) and it is being reported that as of 9PM people are beginning to gather in ever larger numbers.

I will report further developments as they become available.
30 posted on 07/08/2004 10:34:35 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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To: DoctorZIn

A Major Iranian Hero Bump!

31 posted on 07/08/2004 10:41:36 AM PDT by Chad Fairbanks (Become a Monthly Donor, and the Harp Seal gets it.)
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To: DoctorZIn

News translations curtesy of Spenta on Activistchat:

Zagros has its 18 Tir Breaking News page up:

Reports are coming in about large groups of people and students gathering in the streets of Tehran and other cities. In Tehran, many have gathered outside Terhan university and are preparing to form a protest.

In front of Hosseyneeyeh Ershad a student gathering has taken place which has come under attack from the regime's forces.

There are reports of riots and clashes in South of Tehran (the poorest districts)

The city of Esfehan has witnessed the gatherings of thousands

18 Tir News From Iran:
A report from Tehran around 9 o'clock Tehran time: The crowds are increasing every second. at 7:40 there is is a helicopter flying over Enghelab avenue. Anti riot police are ready at Enghelab police station at southern Kargar street (kalantareeyeh enghelab dar Kargar e Jonoobi) and at the anti drug headqaurters on Enghelab street (setad mavad e mokhadar dar kheeyababn e enghelab).

The Al Alam news agency affiliated with the regime arrived at enghelab street at around 8.30. There are many plainclothes vigilantes around, last year they were patrolling the streets with the police. There is very heavy traffic on enghelab, Meydan e ferdowsi and Peech e Shemran.

News coming in from European countries are reporting large gatherings in different European cities for 18 Tir, and there are more planned demosntrations in the US and Canada. In London there was a large gathering outside of the IRI embassy. In Guttenberg in Sweden 600 Iranians and non-Iranians participated in the 18 Tir gatherings called on by Iranian students. In Washington DC Iranians gathered in front of the US Congress. In Cologne, Amsterdam, Franskfurt, Stockholm, Denmark and many other major European cities there were demonstrations which are still in progress as of this writing.

A Report about the Demonstrations in front of the EU in Brussels: on Wednsday July 7th, there was a demonstration in front of the EU headquarters called by the Iran Defense of Democracy and Republic Group at 2 pm with Iranians residing in Brussels. Since a week prior to this demosntration, political groups, members of the Brussels govt. and Parliament, EU, university professors, human rights groups and other NGOs and other political personalities had been invited to attend, some of whom spoke at this gathering. After announcing the events for the day, Angelica Beyer official spokesperson for the German Green Party in the EU parliament spoke in English, she said" Today we enter the 5th year after the attacks against students in their dorms in Tehran university on July 9th, 1999, and this is why we have gathered here today. Out of those students many are in prison and one is dead. We have gathered here to support the Iranian people's demands for freedom and democracy. In recent years many have been killed in Iran. Despite assurances from Iran to the EU in regards to a moratorium on stonings, this act is still committed. My party is announcing its grave concerns about the Human Rights Crisis in Iran. "

According to the latest news, students and other young people have gathered near Gisha bridge and around Tehran University. The regime's forces who are fully equipped and have mini busses have surrounded them. Several political activists such as Shiva Nazri and Akram Eghbali of the Tara Women's Society have been arrested near Keshavaraz Boulevard.

"Machine Guns on the Streets"

Latest News on 18 Tir from Peykeiran in Persian:

Neveesan Weblog: On 18 Tir (July 8 ) We will show that the nation of Iran is still alive

Students of Tehran's Pedagogy university had a ceremony for 18 Tir on wednsday. During this ceremony they showed a film of the student uprising and the savage attacks of the regime's thugs against the students. The students of the Pedagogy university in Tehran also put on an art exhibit of pictures from the 18 Tir Student Uprising. One of the regime's spies with the name of "Eshraghi", with the protection of the regime's Herasat agents attacked the students. While chanting slogans agianst the US and the UK, he shouted "We are followers of Khamenei". The regime's Herasat agents tore down the pictures at the art exhibit, and gathered up the pamphlets and other items.

Neveesan Weblog posted a bulletin titled "18 Tir Is Our Day, it is the Day of Freedom" and asked all Iranians to participate in the anti regime demonstrations today for 18 Tir to prove that the nation of Iran is still alive. On 18 Tir we will prove that we do not give in to fear, intimidation, oppression, or terror. On 18 Tir we will prove that we are still here, and we will stay and not allow the collaborators of oppression drag the nation of Iran into more ignorance and oppressive dictatorship.

Esfehan Students announced today, Thursday, in commemoration of 18 Tir there will be a protest gathering in front of Esfehan university. According to reports from this city, the regime's repressive forces such as Revoltuionary Guards, Basij, military, and Intelligence agents have been stationed throughout the city, especially at Darvazeh Shiraz to prevent any gathering.

Teheran:The regime's forces who are mostly equipped with automatic assault rifles and machine guns have setup posts throughout the city, stopping and searching cars. On Vali Asr avenue there are 4 such posts for inspecting cars, On Shariati street there are 3 posts and people are reporting that this situation is unprecendanted. There are reports that the regime's agents are videotaping everyone and their car interiors.These same reports state that the regime out of its fear of demonstrations, started to deploy massive forces last night throughout Tehran such as the Enghelab Square. At instersections such as Kargar and Keshavaraz Boulevard they have setup supposed traffic stations which are full of the regime's Intelligence agenets and plainclothes vigilantes. Tehren also reports that the Basij are stationed at the Jamalazadeh Basij Headquarters.

According to reports from Tehran on 13 and 15 Tir, (July 3rd and 5th) thousands of flyers were distributed on Vali Asr avenue, Tajrish square, Shariati street, and Keshavarz Boulevard. In addition on Pasdar Square, Navab Chahr Rah, Azadi Sqaure, Satar Khan, Towhid Square, Ferdowsi Square, Imam Hussein Square, Enghelab Avenue and many other locations there have been extensive promotional activities for 18 Tir. These activities are taking place at at time when the regime has employed its greated repressive measures ever.

A newspaper bleonging to Khamenei attacked the Student Uprising of 18 Tir and wrote: these anti revolutionary groups have come about to create chaos in the regime, and have sweetalked the students to come to the streets while their hooligans light the fuse. They were trying to create the kind of chaos that could finish the regime in a few days.

32 posted on 07/08/2004 11:09:25 AM PDT by freedom44
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To: freedom44

I keep thinking of what people in Venezuela did:

- national strike
- demonstrations that lasted weeks
- *large* getherings, on the order of a million people

In Serbia it finally took a huge gathering to storm the Parliament and oust Milosevic, though it was years building to that point (and we'd softened the regime up a lot). Just my $0.02, but I think that it's important to deny the mullahs the expected sigh of relief when 19 Tir rolls around and the streets are quiet again. A month-long national strike, for instance, would really push the regime toward the edge.

With a gathering the order of a Times Square New Year's gathering (~ 1,000,000 people) I'd have to guess that the demonstrators could do pretty much whatever they wanted...

33 posted on 07/08/2004 11:34:43 AM PDT by Windcatcher (Terrorists beware: most of the top US pistol shooters live in my area -- and my old man's one of 'em)
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To: DoctorZIn; All

UPRISING ANNIVERSARY: Security Forces Close Universities to Prevent Rallies


In order to prevent impromptu rallies on the anniversary of the July 8, 1999 police attack on Tehran university student dorms, the security forces, deployed in great numbers in northern Tehran, have almost forced the universities to close. In the final hours of Wednesday, a day before the anniversary, student groups have been convinced that no permit for rallies, on or off campus, would be issued. Reza Delbari, member of the central council of the association of the Islamic student councils (Dafter-e Tahkim-e Vahdat), tells Radio Farda that in addition to banning commemoration rallies, the authorities at the supreme national security council and the interior ministry have enforced a news black-out on student activists, preventing the domestic press from printing any article about the anniversary. Most universities closed their gates on Wednesday afternoon, he adds.

34 posted on 07/08/2004 12:17:52 PM PDT by nuconvert ( "Let Freedom Reign !" ) ( Azadi baraye Iran)
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To: DoctorZIn; All

"From Mr. Suresrafil reporting on AzadiTV now:

He has heard about large gatherings in Tehran and Esfehan, but both the people and the anti regime forces are afraid of each other. They are mostly facing each other and staring each other down. Motorcycles have been confiscated.

Mohseni and Mirdamad squares have had large groups, also in Esfehan.

In Amirabad near Tehran university, the Basij are offering people food and drinks (sharbat) to everyone, nobody is taking it except for their own people.

Park Laleh is seeing a heavy increase in crowds. Most likely tomorrow we will have a much better picture of these demonstrations.

He reads a report from Tehran about slogans that can be seen written all over Tehran against Khamenei such as Marg Bar Khamenei. Same from Hamedan."

35 posted on 07/08/2004 12:38:48 PM PDT by nuconvert ( "Let Freedom Reign !" ) ( Azadi baraye Iran)
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To: DoctorZIn

question for you and the group..if Iran is indeed close to a producing sufficient fuel for a nuclear device, everyone expects the IAF to repeat Osirik. Sharon has stated that he will never allow Iran to go nuclear, and W. has basically blessed the expected action..So, we have a timin issue..the opposition in Iran grows stronger everyday..what would the effect be of an IAF action.would it help to topple the regime, or "strenghten" allowing it to take harsher measures on the citizens..

36 posted on 07/08/2004 12:39:14 PM PDT by ken5050 (We've looked for WMD in Iraq for LESS time than Hillary looked for the Rose Law firm billing records)
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To: DoctorZIn; All

Sporadic and brutal clashes in most Iranian cities
SMCCDI (Information Service)

Jul 8, 2004

The brutal intervention of the regime's official and plainclothes agents has lead, tonight, to the arrests and injuries of tens of protesters in most main Iranian cities. In Tehran alone, the clashes are wide spread and are happening in Amir Abad, Tajrish, Zarabkhane, Kargar, Guisha, Kargar, Sadeghie, Narmak, Noor, vali e Asr and Enghelab area.

Other clashes have happened, so far, in Esfahan, Shiraz and Mashad were those having defied once again the Islamic State are shouting slogans for a democratic regime change in Iran.

Many have been injured or arrested and transferred by full buses to the regime's detention centers,

The presence of the regime's foreign mercenaries and their brutality is easily noticeable. The regime seems to try to isolate the demonstrators in each area and to avoid a bigger ralliement by more demonstrators who are trying to use the darkness of the night.

Many homes have shut off their lights and people are shouting slogans on their flat roofs.

37 posted on 07/08/2004 12:47:50 PM PDT by nuconvert ( "Let Freedom Reign !" ) ( Azadi baraye Iran)
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To: ken5050
In response to your question, I believe an attack by any outside military forces in Iran will likely result in collateral damage (Iranian civilians) and thus cause a significant portion of the general public to rally behind the government. It is a natural response.

The question becomes whether or not our governments feel the people of Iran can overthrow their own regime or not. If the threat is too great and the people too weak, our governments may feel forced to take action.

The better solution is for the world (primarily Europe) to end it's trade with Iran and for the world to support a peaceful regime change in Iran. The people there are calling for a referendum on the type of government they want for the future.

But these people need to see the world standing with them instead of cutting deals with their terror masters.
38 posted on 07/08/2004 1:05:03 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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To: nuconvert
In response to your post...

One of "my friends" I mentioned in my report is Mr. Suresrafil. He is a strong supporter of President Bush and speaks passionately to the Iranian people daily.

I though you might like to know...

39 posted on 07/08/2004 1:09:40 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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To: DoctorZIn
Thanks for the show last nite, and this thread.

First time I have visited it.

I support your efforts 100%
40 posted on 07/08/2004 1:10:59 PM PDT by Dr. Zoo
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