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Iranian Alert -- DAY 11 -- LIVE THREAD PING LIST
LIVE THREAD PING LIST | 6.20.2003 | DoctorZin

Posted on 06/20/2003 6:38:18 AM PDT by DoctorZIn

We are getting so many excellent stories coming in about the protests in Iran that it is time to create a live thread.

Please post all news stories in this thread and ping your lists to this thread so we can increase the overall awareness of what exactly is going on.

BTW, if you post breaking news, please make a refernce to this Iranian Alert -- DAY 11 -- LIVE THREAD PING LIST. This way we can get new readers while still keeping a single location of all important news stories on Iran.

Thanks for all the help.


TOPICS: Activism/Chapters; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: iran; protest; southasia; southasialist; studentmovement
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1 posted on 06/20/2003 6:38:18 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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To: JulieRNR21; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Pan_Yans Wife; RobFromGa; fat city; freedom44; Tamsey; ...
SMCCDI: Violent clashes rock Tehran Bazar area

SMCCDI (Infoation Service)
June 20, 2003

Violent clashes happened, in the late hours of night, as the security forces intervened to avoid a group of angry youth to go toward the Tehran bazaar.

Armed clashes happened as some of the masked youth opened fire on the regime forces by injuring several of them before escaping from the area.

The Bazzar represent a strategic value of the regime as it hosts traditional waelthy businessmen who are strong supporters of the regime due to the immense privileges they do have.

Source: SMCCDI

http://www.iran-daneshjoo.org/cgi-bin/smccdinews/viewnews.cgi?category=5&id=1056092477

"If you want on or off this Iran ping list, Freepmail me”
2 posted on 06/20/2003 6:41:00 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad)
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To: DoctorZIn
BUMP.
3 posted on 06/20/2003 6:43:50 AM PDT by Constitution Day (Have *you* taunted a liberal today?)
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To: JulieRNR21; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Pan_Yans Wife; RobFromGa; fat city; freedom44; Tamsey; ...
SMCCDI: Italian public opinion starts its shift toward Iranians

SMCCDI (Information Service)
June 20, 2003

The Italian public opinion, one of the most politicized of all Europe, is showing a net shift toward what's going in Iran and the struggle of its people to reach Secularity and Democracy.

This country, where its youth is one of the most committed toward Hummanism and principles, is actually place to big debates on Iran which can force the Berlusconni's government to approach more the US position on the Democracy movement than country's like France who are known for selling Iranians to the Ilamic regime.

Many Italian TV channels and radios have contributed to the public awarness as well by showing footages of the what's going on in Iran and the news spread by SMCCDI.

Such programs have created an unprecedented amount of support e.mails and public feedbacks on the Support Book of the Movement's site which let hope for a friendly future between the people and despite the till now policies of all Italian Governments to be oone of the main partners of the Islamic regime.

Source: SMCCDI

http://www.iran-daneshjoo.org/cgi-bin/smccdinews/viewnews.cgi?category=5&id=1056116454

"If you want on or off this Iran ping list, Freepmail me”
4 posted on 06/20/2003 6:44:31 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad)
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To: DoctorZIn
Can you take me off your ping list.
5 posted on 06/20/2003 6:44:47 AM PDT by Lance Romance
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To: DoctorZIn
Re #2

Armed clashes happened as some of the masked youth opened fire on the regime forces by injuring several of them before escaping from the area.

Iraqi AK-47's finding their way to Iran?

6 posted on 06/20/2003 7:02:53 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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To: DoctorZIn
I demonstrated with others outside the DOS today in support of the women of Iran. Two DOS employees stopped to talk to us, a woman who works at the Iran Desk and a man who works in Human Rights. We yelled out about the roadside gynecological checks, the throwing of women from the dorm windows and the tossing of acid at the demonstrators.
7 posted on 06/20/2003 7:21:08 AM PDT by the Real fifi
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To: the Real fifi






Suspicion Mounts Over Iran's Nuclear Defiance
Fri June 20, 2003 08:56 AM ET




By Louis Charbonneau
VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran's latest rejection of a request from the U.N. nuclear watchdog has raised diplomats' suspicions -- maybe Washington is right that Tehran is trying to acquire the capacity to make atomic bombs as soon as possible.

On Thursday the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reprimanded Iran for repeatedly failing to report nuclear material, facilities and activities as required under its safeguards agreement with the agency.

Its governing board also "encouraged Iran, pending the resolution of related outstanding issues, not to introduce nuclear material at the pilot enrichment plant, as a confidence-building measure."

If successful, the plant at Natanz could give Tehran the knowhow to make highly enriched weapons-grade material useable in a nuclear weapon. The United States has accused Iran of secretly readying itself to make atomic weapons.

But Iran's IAEA envoy, Ali Salehi, told reporters on Thursday Tehran had no intention of either calling off or delaying plans to bring nuclear material to the Natanz plant.

8 posted on 06/20/2003 7:40:58 AM PDT by the Real fifi
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To: *southasia_list
http://www.freerepublic.com/perl/bump-list
9 posted on 06/20/2003 7:54:38 AM PDT by Libertarianize the GOP (Ideas have consequences)
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To: the Real fifi
Good for you! Give em hell at Foggy Bottom! Put some damn SPINE in em!
10 posted on 06/20/2003 8:02:19 AM PDT by Travis McGee (----- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com -----)
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To: Travis McGee
I'm a loud mouth, not a miracle worker...Farsi radio sent someone there..I think they plan to beam the demo back to Iran to hearten the rebels. If Freepers are interested, they might want to set up support demos elsewhere.
11 posted on 06/20/2003 8:23:42 AM PDT by the Real fifi
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To: DoctorZIn
bttt
12 posted on 06/20/2003 8:28:09 AM PDT by firewalk (thanks for the ping)
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To: the Real fifi
...We yelled out about the roadside gynecological checks, the throwing of women from the dorm windows and the tossing of acid at the demonstrators. ...

Please tell us more about these "checks." What are they doing? I have heard rumors but now real information about this.
13 posted on 06/20/2003 8:30:42 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad)
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To: the Real fifi
I think the DoS is a perfect ground zero for such actions! More power to you!
14 posted on 06/20/2003 8:34:28 AM PDT by Travis McGee (----- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com -----)
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To: DoctorZIn
Velvet Revolution or Tiananmen Square?

Jerusalem Post ^ | Jun. 20, 2003 | David Harsanyi

President Bush, please help us. Ali M., Iran (E-mail sent to the BBC News website by an Iranian protester)

During a six-week period between November 17 and December 29, 1989, nonviolent protests swept through Czechoslovakia, bringing about the peaceful overthrow of the communist regime. The Velvet Revolution is the idyllic uprising: bloodless, courageous and popular.

Unfortunately, it was also the exception. That same year, pro-democratic Chinese students took a similar peaceful approach in Tiananmen Square. The bloody suppression that followed shattered the freedom movement and drove dissent underground for those lucky enough to elude incarceration or execution.

As pro-democracy protests in Iran begin to swell, sooner or later Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei, will have to make a choice: Will it be Prague or Tiananmen Square?

At present it would be dubious to assume that the radical Islamist mullahs, the Council of Guardians, will allow a bloodless transformation of power. In fact the violence, though moderate, has already begun.

There were nightly clashes in Teheran last week, when hundreds of militants attempted to quiet protesters against the hard-line regime by attacking crowds of onlookers with knives and assorted weapons. Pro-clergy thugs, the baseejis or Ansar Hezbollah, have smashed university dormitories and beaten up students in a wave of violence aimed at intimidation.

But brutality probably won't be enough this time. First the 1979 Islamic revolution and its Shi'ite theocracy and now an impotent reformist have been unequivocally rejected by a younger generation that is not easily intimidated. (Experts say people 30 years or younger constitute 70 percent of Iran's 65 million population.)

On Sunday, recalling the spirit of Vaclav Havel's "Chapter 77" human rights initiative, a group of Iranian dissidents issued an extraordinary declaration defending the right to criticize their leaders. The 248 authentic reformists said the people of Iran had "the right to fully supervise the action of their rulers."

In 1968, with insurgency percolating, Alexander Dubcek took over as head of state of communist Czechoslovakia and introduced the "Prague Spring" reform program, which proposed to bring a "human face" to communism, to "reform communism from within." But after a brief respite hard-line communism was back in Czechoslovakia.

Like Dubcek, Iran's President Muhammad Khatami is a reformist in name only, as the Council of Guardians has veto power over any law he proposes. The president gave Iranians brief hope that policy reforms would be enacted. But other than some hollow words Khatami has refused to confront the council and a once-optimistic population has turned its back on him.

During the height of the Velvet Revolution a relatively unknown Communist Party leader, Karel Urbanek, was elected to lead Czechoslovakia and enact new "reforms." The public immediately rejected these superficial changes, having been through it all before in 1968. Czechoslovakians could look to Germany or Poland and see Europe transforming.

Likewise, Iranians will not be deceived when the next Khatami or so-called reforms are presented to them.

On Sunday President George Bush gave his personal endorsement to the pro-democracy demonstrations, called them "the beginnings of people expressing themselves toward a free Iran." Persian-language satellite television broadcasts operated by Iranian exiles in the United States have also spurred on the protesters.

But is it irresponsible to encourage reformists to attempt to overthrow Iranian theocracy with the threat of violence hanging over their heads, without assurances of US assistance? And if everything the administration says about Iran is true, wouldn't that make sense?

US officials have long argued that Iran could acquire a nuclear weapon by 2006 possibly before. Muhammad El-Baradei, director-general of the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), toured Iran's nuclear facilities in February. Diplomats said he was taken aback by the advanced stage of a project using hundreds of centrifuges to enrich uranium.

Last week, a Japanese newspaper reported that Iranian nuclear experts made three secret visits to North Korea earlier this year, possibly to consult on ways to fool international inspectors.

A theocratic Iran in possession of nuclear weapons should be unacceptable to the US and is almost a casus belli for Israel. Wouldn't a popular revolution aided by the United States now be more desirable than Gulf War III in 2005?

By the time Czechoslovakia shook communism, a Soviet Eastern Europe was on its deathbed, with no future in sight. A free Iran is far more significant than the final outpost of a dying ideology.

But this revolution will only have a future if Khamenei and his mullahs realize they don't. For that they will need the free world's help.

The writer is an author and editor based in New York.

15 posted on 06/20/2003 8:38:24 AM PDT by Constitution Day (Have *you* taunted a liberal today?)
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To: Constitution Day
Thanks for the post.
16 posted on 06/20/2003 8:42:57 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad)
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To: DoctorZIn
My friend whose husband is getting calls and e-mails round the clock from Iran (her husband is one of your stated heroes) says if the Khameni thugs find a woman in a car with an unrelated male, they pull the car over and make the woman submit roadside to a gynecological exam.
17 posted on 06/20/2003 8:43:51 AM PDT by the Real fifi
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To: DoctorZIn
I'm glad to help.
18 posted on 06/20/2003 8:44:57 AM PDT by Constitution Day (Have *you* taunted a liberal today?)
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To: JulieRNR21; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Pan_Yans Wife; RobFromGa; fat city; freedom44; Tamsey; ...
Eslamshahr and Akbar Abad in riot

SMCCDI (information Service)
June 20, 2003

Heavy clashes are rocking at this time, (18:15 9local time), the poor suburbs of Nassim Shahr of Eslam Shahr and Ahmad Abad where more of the governments food stocks are being kept.

Thousands of people are in the streets and the regime forces are trying to stop their progression.

These are those desherited that were a day the backbone of the regime.

Source: SMCCDI

http://www.iran-daneshjoo.org/cgi-bin/smccdinews/viewnews.cgi?category=5&id=1056118131

"If you want on or off this Iran ping list, Freepmail me”
19 posted on 06/20/2003 8:45:31 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad)
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To: DoctorZIn
Bread riots started the Russian Revolution, and middle class woman banging their pots in the streets of Santiago led to the downfall of Allende.
20 posted on 06/20/2003 8:50:17 AM PDT by Semper Paratus
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To: DoctorZIn
These riots from these areas is very important.

... These are those desherited that were a day the backbone of the regime.....

This may be the start of something much bigger.
21 posted on 06/20/2003 8:56:07 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad)
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To: DoctorZIn
Armed clashes happened as some of the masked youth opened fire on the regime forces by injuring several of them before escaping from the area.

It's started. If the regime thugs are now personally at risk, it will dampen their enthusiasm for going around trying to intimidate people

I'm surprised that we haven't seen more armed resistence by the demonstrators. Even if they haven't access to guns, the use of knives, spears (knife taped to stick), and Molotov cocktails would allow them to GET guns away from regime forces. If they force regime thugs to always have to move in armed groups of 50 or more, then there won't be enough thugs to stop demonstrations.

22 posted on 06/20/2003 9:01:25 AM PDT by SauronOfMordor (Java/C++/Unix/Web Developer looking for next gig)
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To: Semper Paratus
Re #20

In a previous thread, there was a new article which said that the price of basic necessities, especially foods, are rising fast in Teheran. Old women were complaining, cursing leaders of the regime. These women were attacked by the regime thugs.

If you have food shortage coupled with continuing protests, it is quite a volatile mix. Food riot has been always dangerous to the well-being of any regime.

23 posted on 06/20/2003 9:16:35 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Maybe the regime should divert money from its unnecessary nuclear program to food, and return to college admission policies based on merit--for a start.
24 posted on 06/20/2003 9:30:07 AM PDT by the Real fifi
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To: Semper Paratus
Indeed!
25 posted on 06/20/2003 9:36:18 AM PDT by arasina (Did too! Did not! Did TOO!)
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To: SauronOfMordor
...I'm surprised that we haven't seen more armed resistance by the demonstrators. ...

Most of the leaders inside and outside of Iran are counseling the demonstrators to use non-violent forms of resistance. That does not mean the demonstrators should not protect themselves.

I believe the concern is that armed clashes concern the pro democracy movement because they can easily be out gunned and fear losing what little international support they have.


26 posted on 06/20/2003 10:10:18 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad)
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To: DoctorZIn
Thanks for the ping!

I hope you feel rested today.

27 posted on 06/20/2003 10:22:26 AM PDT by dixiechick2000 (What this country needs are more unemployed politicians. -- Edward Langley)
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To: DoctorZIn
Thanks for the updates; I'm following your threads closely.

If not for your reporting I would be led to believe that things are winding down in Iran. At least that's what I've been reading in the papers latley.
28 posted on 06/20/2003 10:23:17 AM PDT by PigRigger (Send donations to http://www.AdoptAPlatoon.org)
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To: JulieRNR21; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Pan_Yans Wife; RobFromGa; fat city; freedom44; Tamsey; ...
This just in….

I received this from Banafsheh Zand-Bonazzi

She is asking that we email the individuals below on behalf of Nasrin Mohammadi.

Please read the following and write, call, fax, or email the leaders listed below as well as some of the media friendly pro student movement such as:

letters@nationalreview.com;
letters@nypost.com;
themail@newyorker.com;
webeditor@washingtontimes.com;
letters@washingtontimes.com;
general@washingtontimes.com;
Comments@foxnews.com;
Foxaroundtheworld@foxnews.com;
Foxreport@foxnews.com;
Colmes@foxnews.com;
Oreilly@foxnews.com;
Warstories@foxnews.com;
Cavuto@foxnews.com;

Dear Friends and Compatriots,

I am appealing to you today on behalf of my imprisoned and tortured brother Manouchehr Mohammadi, leader of the National Association of Students of Iran, who has disappeared from prison.

I urge you to spread my letter wide and far to the Leaders of the Free World and human rights organizations. I ask you to solicit their support to free my brother and thousands like him from the shackles of medieval treatment at the hands of the regime's thugs.

My brother, who suffers from kidney disease and the excruciating effects of persistent torture, was first arrested and sentenced to 13 years in prison on July 18, 1999.

Few days ago upon presenting himself to section 3 of Evin political prison in Tehran following a temporary leave he was swiftly handed over to the Agents of the Intelligence Ministry. He was then forcefully questioned and severely beaten for talking to the international media and inviting Iranians to take part in recent protests.

In particular the Agents demanded the following from Manouchehr.

1. To disband the National Association of Students of Iran.
2. To take part in a television interview and announce the dissolution of the Association and his retirement from politics.

Since he refused to accept these demands, he was taken to the Solitary Confinement in the Section 209 of the Ministry of Information. He was planning to start a hunger strike in the next few days. However since yesterday we have received no news about his whereabouts. He has simply disappeared.

My Friends and Compatriots, there are no weapons at our disposal but the power of our spirit and the strength of our determination to awaken the moral force of world public opinion. It is vital that we mobilize support to free not only Manouchehr and my younger brother Akbar, but also thousands of their fellow prisoners of conscience. I urge you to write (sample letter at the end) to the following dignitaries and authorities.

President George Bush
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Tel: 202-456-1414
FAX: 202-456-2461
president@whitehouse.gov

The Rt. Hon. Tony Blair
10 Downing Street
London
SW1A 2AA
Fax: +442079250918.

Drewery Dyke
Amnesty International
1 Easton Street
London
WC1X 0DW, UK
Tel: +44-20-74135500
Fax: +44-20-79561 157

Hanny Megally, Executive Director and Elahé Sharifpour-Hicks, Researcher

2nd Floor, 2-12 Pentonville Road
London N1 9HF, UK
Tel: 44 20 7713 1995, Fax: 44 20 7713 1800
hrwuk@hrw.org

350 Fifth Avenue, 34th floor
New York, NY 10118-3299 USA
Tel: 1-(212) 290-4700, Fax: 1-(212) 736-1300
hrwnyc@hrw.org



Yours respectfully,

Nasrin Mohammadi





Dear ……………………………

I am appealing to you today on behalf of Manouchehr Mohammadi, leader of the National Association of Students of Iran, who has disappeared from prison.

Mohammadi, who suffers from kidney disease and the excruciating effects of persistent torture, was first arrested and sentenced to 13 years in prison on July 18, 1999.

Few days ago upon presenting himself to section 3 of Evin political prison in Tehran following a temporary leave he was swiftly handed over to the Agents of the Intelligence Ministry. He was then forcefully questioned and severely beaten for talking to the international media and inviting Iranians to take part in recent protests.

In particular the Agents demanded the following from him.

3. To disband the National Association of Students of Iran.
4. To take part in a television interview and announce the dissolution of the Association and his retirement from politics.

Since he refused to accept these demands, he was taken to the Solitary Confinement in the Section 209 of the Ministry of Information. He was planning to start a hunger strike in the next few days. However since yesterday we have received no news about his whereabouts. He has simply disappeared.

I urge you to use your good offices to establish Mohammadi's whereabouts and demand his immediate release along with all the Iranian political prisoners.


Yours sincerely,

Name:

Nationality:

Country of Residence:

E-mail:

"If you want on or off this Iran ping list, Freepmail me”
29 posted on 06/20/2003 10:29:39 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad)
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To: dixiechick2000
...I hope you feel rested today...

I got a few hours last night so I feel better.
Hopefully my posts reflect it.
30 posted on 06/20/2003 10:40:03 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad)
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To: the Real fifi
"Iran's latest rejection of a request from the U.N. nuclear watchdog has raised diplomats' suspicions -- maybe Washington is right that Tehran is trying to acquire the capacity to make atomic bombs as soon as possible."

DUH!
31 posted on 06/20/2003 10:46:37 AM PDT by ApesForEvolution ("The only way evil triumphs is if good men do nothing" E. Burke)
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To: ApesForEvolution
The Heat is on---Dr. Z-
Posted: Fri, 20 Jun 2003 20:50 AEST

Military action against Iran an option: US official
The United States reserves the right to take military action against Iran over its nuclear program, a senior member of the US administration said, but added that any such move was "far from our minds" at present.

John Bolton, Under-Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, told BBC radio that military action was a last resort but insisted that Iran could not be allowed to develop a nuclear weapons capability.

Interviewed on the BBC's Today program, Mr Bolton said that US President George W Bush "has repeatedly said that all options are on the table. But that (military action) is not only not our preference, it is far far from our minds."

Pressed on whether military action remained a possibility, Mr Bolton said: "It has to be an option."

"Nuclear weapons are incredibly dangerous and when you couple the Iranian nuclear program with their aggressive efforts to expand the range of their ballistic missiles, they are bringing more and more of our friends and allies within range," he said.

Mr Bolton added: "What our objective is now is to stop the Iranian nuclear weapons programme before they achieve a weapons capability.

"They are pursing multiple routes to nuclear weapons and we need to get that stopped."

Iran says it is seeking nuclear power for civilian uses, a position Washington has overtly rejected.http://www.abc.net.au/news/justin/nat/newsnat-20jun2003-65.htm



32 posted on 06/20/2003 11:00:43 AM PDT by the Real fifi
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To: DoctorZIn
Most of the leaders inside and outside of Iran are counseling the demonstrators to use non-violent forms of resistance.

You can't fight a revolution without fighting a revolution. The Iranian people should mercilessly attack their oppressors. They shouldn't leave any thug unharmed when they can hurt him, and they shouldn't leave any thug alive when they can kill him. The harder you fight, the sooner you'll win, and the less blood will be shed.

fear losing what little international support they have.

The US will always support them, no matter what. They should know that.

And that's all the support they'll ever need; they shouldn't pass up any opportunity to hurt the thugs for some worthless support from some cowardly banana republic that objects to fighting a revolution "violently."

33 posted on 06/20/2003 11:02:26 AM PDT by Smile-n-Win (The EU will break up any day, but the USA is here to stay!)
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To: DoctorZIn
"Hopefully my posts reflect it."

Your posts are always sharp! ;o)

Seriously, I leave this window open all day just to make it easier to catch your updates. No words can express my appreciation for this thread and your participation.

I'm glad you got some rest. Pace yourself...the big event is still over two weeks away...

34 posted on 06/20/2003 11:05:53 AM PDT by dixiechick2000 (What this country needs are more unemployed politicians. -- Edward Langley)
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To: the Real fifi
I boldy predict (ha ha) that within 6 months, the Iranian nuclear program will be decapitated...
35 posted on 06/20/2003 11:07:52 AM PDT by ApesForEvolution ("The only way evil triumphs is if good men do nothing" E. Burke)
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To: Smile-n-Win
I copy that.
36 posted on 06/20/2003 11:09:06 AM PDT by ApesForEvolution ("The only way evil triumphs is if good men do nothing" E. Burke)
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To: the Real fifi
The United States reserves the right to take military action against Iran

So will the frogs and liberals condemn the "rush to war" and "unilateral action" and "invasion of a sovereign nation" ? Will they dare to oppose liberating Iran while a revolution is ongoing and the cruelty of the regime is evident?

One would think they wouldn't, but who knows...Their stupidity is boundless.

37 posted on 06/20/2003 11:13:15 AM PDT by Smile-n-Win (The EU will break up any day, but the USA is here to stay!)
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To: Smile-n-Win
The interesting thing--from other reports--is that they are working with us on this. I think it's because we have some credibility, don't you?
38 posted on 06/20/2003 11:43:53 AM PDT by the Real fifi
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To: DoctorZIn
I have sent Nasrin's appeal everywhere I could!

We must get the word out on what is happening to those trying to bring democracy to Iran!
39 posted on 06/20/2003 11:46:30 AM PDT by JulieRNR21 (Take W-04........Across America!)
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To: the Real fifi
they are working with us on this

You mean the frogs? (I haven't read those reports.)

40 posted on 06/20/2003 11:51:23 AM PDT by Smile-n-Win (The EU will break up any day, but the USA is here to stay!)
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Thousands Rush to Southern Tehran to Help Demonstators
41 posted on 06/20/2003 11:56:00 AM PDT by Smile-n-Win (The EU will break up any day, but the USA is here to stay!)
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To: DoctorZIn
Response from
Human Rights Watch:


I will not be working between 6-18 June. In urgent matters please contact Marie Janson, +44 (0)207 713 2772 or e-mail jansonm@hrw.org

Have a nice day!

/Anna Dahlberg
42 posted on 06/20/2003 11:59:16 AM PDT by JulieRNR21 (Take W-04........Across America!)
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To: JulieRNR21; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Pan_Yans Wife; RobFromGa; fat city; freedom44; Tamsey; ...
This just in...

Thousands rush toward southern Tehran to help demonstrators

SMCCDI (Information Service)
June 20, 2003

Thousands and thousands have rushed toward the southern and pou suburbs of Tehran in order to help or support, by their presences, those desherited who defied the regime, this afternoon, in order to make a massive protest in the localities of Nassim Shahr of Eslam Shahr.

Heavy tarffic jams are blocking mort arteries which is unprcedented for this area and shows this cement of Unity getting solidified between the different layers of the population.

Violent clashes rock the area, earlier in the afternnon, as groups of demonstrators tried to approach the warehouses of the GTC where foods and different items are stocked by the government.

The situation on the terrain is very tense and thousands of unusual and non residents are in the area waiting for the dark night in order to start the 11th consecutive night of unrests.

Unfortunatly and for a "specific" purpose the foreign reporters and news agencies located in the Iranian capital stated, today, that action decreased, yesterday evening, which is totally false or due "possibly" but astonishingly to their earlier presence than 23:00 (local time) in the areas of sothern and especially easten Tehran with the locality of Tehran pars at its epicenter.

Neverless, thousands and thousands of residents inflicted another hot night to the regime and its leaders.

The demonstrators and protesters

In the early hours of June 20 clashes between anti-government demonstrators and members of Islamic militant groups rocked eastern and western areas of the Iranian capital and other cities of the country. Protesters call for a nationwide referendum on the political future of the country. In the city of Shadegan, Khoozestan province, security forces opened fire on demonstrators. In other cities police sided with demonstrators, not letting Islamic militants attack them.

According to the Student Movement Coordinating Committee for Democracy in Iran (SMCCDI), violent clashes took place in Tehran when government forces stopped a column of demonstrators heading toward a residential neighborhood where the Iranian trade elite live.

In Tehran's suburbs, Karadj and Tehran Pars, police did not allow militants to come nearer students, chanting slogans "Referendum" and "Resign!" in support of a nationwide vote on the political future of the country and in favor of the replacement of the political leadership in Iran.

The SMCCDI reported that demonstrators have changed their tactics, simultaneously organizing small protest actions in various places and thus forcing Islamic militant groups, aligned with the regime’s leader Ali Khamenei, to disperse. People in major cities help demonstrators escape police, giving them shelter in their houses .

Several people are said to have been wounded in Tehran overnight, and several more arrested. Islamic militants smashed front windows of passing-by cars that horned in support of demonstrators or marked them red by paint spray.

In the city of Rafsandjan, dozens of demonstrators were beaten and arrested by fundamentalists. The SMCCDI reported that a local office of Bassijis, a pro-government paramilitary volunteer force, was subjected to an armed attack in Esfahan province.

It is reported that today a conservative ayatollah Mohammad Yazdi required in his Friday sermon death sentences for those arrested during clashes. In the evening there was a report of heavy clashes beginning in the poor suburbs of Eslam Shahr city.


Source: SMCCDI

http://www.iran-daneshjoo.org/cgi-bin/smccdinews/viewnews.cgi?category=5&id=1056131504

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43 posted on 06/20/2003 12:18:30 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad)
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To: DoctorZIn
... These are those desherited that were a day the backbone of the regime.....

I don't understand that sentence!

44 posted on 06/20/2003 12:22:11 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (Recall Gray Davis and then start on the other Democrats)
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To: JulieRNR21; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Pan_Yans Wife; RobFromGa; fat city; freedom44; Tamsey; ...
And in another new developement...

Yazdi orders judiciary to show no mercy to "rioters"

Friday, June 20, 2003 - ©2003 IranMania.com

TEHRAN, June 20 (AFP) - A top Iranian cleric Friday called on the Islamic republic's hardline judiciary to treat "rioters" arrested during nearly 10 nights of anti-regime protests as "enemies of Allah" -- a charge that carries the death penalty.

"I ask the head of judiciary and public prosecutors across Iran not to treat these people with compassion as they endangered the country's security. Islamic Sharia and our laws are explicit on what we should do with them," Ayatollah Mohammad Yazdi said in a Friday prayers sermon.

"The judiciary should deal with these people as Moharebs (those who fight Allah) and not as Mokhalef (those who oppose Allah)," he added, urging the courts to handle the detainees "quickly, meticulously, seriously and ruthlessly".

The charge of being a Mohareb carries the death penalty in Iran. After student riots in 1999, one protestor was convicted of that charge and condemned to die, but that punishment was later reduced to 15 years imprisonment.

Ayatollah Yazdi is an ultra-conservative former head of Iran's judiciary -- a bastion of the religious right -- and currently is a prominent jurist sitting on both the Guardians Council and Expediency Council, Iran's two top political oversight bodies.

His comments follow more than a week of anti-regime protests in the capital and other Iranian cities, which have been marked by fierce clashes between demonstrators and hardline vigilantes loyal to the nearly 25-year-old clerical regime.

http://www.iranmania.com/News/ArticleView/Default.asp?
NewsCode=16378&NewsKind=Current%20Affairs

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45 posted on 06/20/2003 12:24:16 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad)
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To: DoctorZIn
Keep the body and mind rested a bit!

I'll do the massive ping later in the day!

46 posted on 06/20/2003 12:27:07 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (Recall Gray Davis and then start on the other Democrats)
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To: DoctorZIn
Thanks for posting the complete article!


47 posted on 06/20/2003 1:02:52 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (Iran Mullahs will feel the heat from our Iraq victory!)
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To: DoctorZIn
"A top Iranian cleric Friday called on the Islamic republic's hardline judiciary to treat "rioters" arrested during nearly 10 nights of anti-regime protests as "enemies of Allah" -- a charge that carries the death penalty."

Oh, no!!! Would they really do that?

I'm stepping up my prayers for the protesters!

Bump for a free Iran!

48 posted on 06/20/2003 1:16:52 PM PDT by dixiechick2000 (The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin. --)
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To: DoctorZIn
I've been meaning to ask you a question.
Do you see any signs of a leader emerging?

There needs to be a leader.

49 posted on 06/20/2003 1:47:10 PM PDT by dixiechick2000 (The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin. --)
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To: dixiechick2000
Iran has a number of potential leaders.
Reza Pahlavi, the former shah's son it perhaps their most visible. Unfotunately, most of the other real leaders are either underground or in prison.

The "reformist" leaders are for the most part so tainted by their failure to make any real change that few will probably be relected to their parliment. Although if there are mass resignations from the parliment, then perhaps those still alive after the fall may be a candidate.

But to answer your question directly, Reza is the only potential leader, at this time. I don't have a position on him other than I think he is sincere, intellegent, and definitley pro American. He has published a book, Winds of Change:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/089526191X/qid=1056142709/sr=8-2/ref=sr_8_2/104-5083791-4106315?v=glance&s=books&n=507846

They claim he is planning on returning, but the date of his return is either uncertain or a secret.
50 posted on 06/20/2003 2:00:26 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad)
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