Iranian students prepare for crucial showdown
Dezember 3, 2010 Hinterlasse einen Kommentar
The Islamic Association of students at various universities such as AUT, KNTU, ATU and Shahrekord University have issued statements calling for student protests ahead of 16 Azar.
According to, Daneshjoo News, in recent days, banners and posters, inviting students to take part in protests 7 December, have been distributed on a wide scale in Tehran University. Green Movement supporter at the university have been disseminating the image of imprisoned student leader, Majid Tavakkoli and calling on fellow students to participate in the “nationwide” protests. The distribution of fliers and leaflets at Tehran University is in defiance of the prevailing “security atmosphere” at the university.
According to the statement, the tight security atmosphere at Azad University’s Tehran Branch has by no means deterred students from distributing the special message of Green Movement leader, Mir Hossein Mousavi, issued ahead of the 7 December anniversary. The students call for taking advantage of the valuable experiences gained as result of last year’s protests, and stressed the importance of “creativity and innovation in continuing the struggle and considering other ways of struggling and resistance.” “Today, the importance of creativity and innovation is felt more than ever before in the Green Path we have chosen. As such, there must be more focus on actions that have more effectiveness and are less costly.”
“But we shall never forget the destructive footsteps of tyranny, and in accordance with a history of resistance, we have stood up to it and will [continue to] do so.”
In addition, leading Iranian student activists outside the country have also been organising a day of action to take place on university campuses and in cities around the world, as well as exploiting the various potentials that exist for internet-based advocacy.
A group of Iranian students and academics living abroad “have assumed the responsibility of echoing the voices of student activists inside Iran using the international arena and planning major events to commemorate Students‘ Day and to highlight and reflect the Iranian students‘ demands.” The group has called on the academic community worldwide to utilise “all available means to further the movement, while supplementing its activities. Improved cooperation among Iranian students and academics abroad can greatly better the quality and quantity of Iranian student organisations all over the world.”
In a statement addressing Iranian students, Mousavi referred to Iran’s students as the “brave companions” of the movement called the Iranian month of Azar (22 November – 21 December), “the month of students”. The statement, posted on Mousavi’s official website Kaleme, was issued ahead of Iran’s Student Day on 7 December and addressed a number of key concerns raised by Iranians students regarding the Green Movement and the overall situation in the country. Mousavi said that Iran’s students were the “alert watchmen” of the concerns of Iranian society.
The former Prime Minister warned that the rulers of Iran had “created a tight circle around themselves” and that they would be “prevented from hearing the murmurs of the collapse of the bastion of autocracy and despotism.” “They will wake when it is too late for them to return to the people.”
Mousavi also argued that despite the clampdowns on the massive demonstrations following the rigged 2009 presidential election, imprisonments and the various prisoner abuse scandals that surfaced in the aftermath of the election, there was no intention on the part of Iranian authorities to finally return to the people.
“And finally, who is not aware, that three million wise students are the Green Movement’s biggest asset? A movement whose members are countless and each one is in a way, a leader in the people’s great movement.”
Both prior to and after the 1979 Islamic Revolution, students have been at the forefront of resistance in the face of dictatorship, injustice and the disregard for human rights and dignity. In spite of the Iranian officials’ use of brute force against students, incarceration, solitary confinement, torture, forced confessions, show trials, education and travel bans (more than eighty students are currently in prison), absurdly long prison sentences, exiling students to remote cities and one of the most sophisticated censorship mechanisms in the world, Iran’s students remain determined to once more send a sobering message to the gang of hoodlums and thugs who unleashed a campaign of unprecedented brutality following the monumental fraud that occurred in the June 2009 presidential election.