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Iranian Alert - August 3, 2005 - 'Eleven die as anti-government Kurd demonstrations spread'
Regime Change Iran ^ | 8/3/05 | freedom44

Posted on 08/03/2005 6:36:57 PM PDT by freedom44


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Tehran, Iran, Aug. 03 – Heavy clashes which broke out between protesters and State Security Forces on Wednesday in the Kurdish town of Saqqez, northwest Iran, have claimed 11 lives, according to Kurdish sources.

Witnesses reported that agents of the SSF fired lethal rounds on protestors from helicopters in the air.

Iran’s state-run media and officials have confirmed extensive clashes in the western regions of the country. The state-run news agency ILNA reported on Wednesday that provincial governors of Kurdistan and West Azerbaijan, deputy chiefs of security in the Interior and Intelligence Ministries, deputy commander of Iran’s State Security Forces, and Majlis deputies from the area met to discuss ways of dealing with the worsening situation.

Kazem Jalali, a member of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, told ILNA that participants in the meeting had determined that there should be “a higher level of security” imposed on the area to prevent unrest in Oshnavieh and Mahabad from spreading to other areas.

Anti-government protesters in Saqqez set fire to the town’s principal prayer hall and vehicles belonging to the police on Wednesday morning. Various government buildings including the governor’s office were also attacked and the commander of State Security Forces was beaten by protestors. A government agency, Bonyad Panzdah Khordad, was completely ransacked.

Witnesses reported that women took part in great numbers during today’s clashes with the security forces. One witness described how several women attacked policemen who had detained a teenage boy and freed him.

The latest clashes come in the wake of a series of protests that have swept Kurdish towns and cities in Iran for the past weeks. Dozens of protesters have been injured or arrested by government troops in several towns.

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1 posted on 08/03/2005 6:36:59 PM PDT by freedom44
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To: Pan_Yans Wife; fat city; freedom44; Tamsey; Grampa Dave; PhiKapMom; McGavin999; Hinoki Cypress; ...
Join Us At Today's Iranian Alert Thread – The Most Underreported Story Of The Year!

"If you want on or off this Iran ping list, Freepmail DoctorZin”

2 posted on 08/03/2005 7:01:50 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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To: DoctorZIn
The Kurd? Turkey has to be feeling edgy.

I wish the freedom loving Iranians all the best, but this could get very messy.

4 posted on 08/03/2005 7:04:09 PM PDT by NeoCaveman (Are you now, or have you ever been a member of the Federalist Society?)
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To: freedom44

Every revolution has a beginning...
When in the course of human events...


5 posted on 08/03/2005 7:04:31 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: DoctorZIn

You've gotta love those Kurds! They don't just talk about freedom, they fight for it! God bless 'em!!!


6 posted on 08/03/2005 8:10:44 PM PDT by Reborn
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To: freedom44

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Good Web site on MKO


7 posted on 08/03/2005 9:13:33 PM PDT by F14 Pilot (Democracy is a process not a product)
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To: freedom44; Valin; fanfan

Miss World Canada, Ramona Amiri is an Iranian-Canadian living in Vancouver!


8 posted on 08/03/2005 9:56:39 PM PDT by Khashayar (Oh You Little...!)
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To: DoctorZIn
Thanks for the ping.

Standing with the Iranians as they stand for freedom. Prayers for their safety and success.

9 posted on 08/03/2005 11:10:04 PM PDT by Just A Nobody (I - LOVE - my attitude problem!)
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To: freedom44
To read today’s thread click here.

Join Us At Today's Iranian Alert Thread – The Most Underreported Story Of The Year!

"If you want on or off this Iran ping list, Freepmail DoctorZin”

10 posted on 08/05/2005 8:53:25 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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