Skip to comments.'Mass purges' at Iran universities
Posted on 12/20/2006 6:35:04 PM PST by freedom44
Iranian students say there is a second cultural revolution under way in the universities with scores of professors forcibly retired and politically active students being threatened with expulsion.
Student anger exploded with an unprecedented show of defiance when President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad went to Tehran's Amir Kabir University on 12 December.
Pictures shot on a mobile phone showed angry students chanting against the president, accusing him of being a fascist and a puppet of the hardliners.
They held portraits of Mr Ahmadinejad upside down to mock him and then set them on fire.
It was the president who appointed a cleric for the first time since the revolution to head Tehran University - the country's most political and prestigious university.
Iranian students hold President Ahmadinejad's pictures upside down Some students say the government is trying to frighten them
Mr Ahmadinejad told journalists the chancellor should be friendly with the students, moving among them and visiting their dormitories - otherwise he should give up his job to someone else.
The first time the new chancellor entered the university, students protested by knocking off his turban - a sign of extreme disrespect for a cleric.
"If I had not been well protected I would have been suffocated and there was a possibility of a crime like murder being committed," said the chancellor, Ayatollah Amid-Zanjani, after the incident.
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I'd like that it were non-violent as possible but, "Off with their heads!"
"there is a second cultural revolution under way in the universities with scores of professors forcibly retired and politically active students being threatened with expulsion."
Yep! The student who rose to power is making sure the trail to his spot is well obliterated. I think that feature is the hallmark of a dictator, especially a leftist dictator!
I will never forget hearing, during an Iranian expat party near Christmas a few years back, a Baha'ai Iranian woman say with deadly seriousness that the trees of Tehran should be decorated with the bodies of the mullahs.
This is spreading. I heard of another mass purge at a local modeling school.
They put this idiot in charge of a university!?!?
"They put this idiot in charge of a university!?!?"
They probably looked high-and-low for a Mullah who was a politically liberal democrat - and finally found one!
Easy though. I can't countenance homicide as political end...even after Fransisco Franco.
Alright,that will be quite enough of that,young man. You'll never get your tagline back that way.
Works for me.
Tag! You're it.
Did you see this?
What is even funnier is the internal dissent within the hardliners of the regieme. Some hate Ahmadijinad (the conservative islamists/economic liberals), while others, who want to return to Khomenism, like him.
"University" is kind of a contradiction in a fundamentalist Muslim state.